Changes to court rules and procedures during COVID-19

by Gerald Sauer

The coronavirus pandemic has changed virtually everything we know about the practice of law. Attorneys now interact with their clients via Zoom conferences rather than in person. Documents are filed remotely, not hand-delivered. Trials now include remote jury selection, video attendance, masks and social distancing. Civil matters, already substantially backlogged, have moved into the slow lane.

The article examines statutory changes enacted during and in response to the pandemic, as well as procedural changes implemented by trial and appellate courts to help keep the justice system operating during this unprecedented time.

The Article Qualifies For California MCLE Self-Study Credit

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The Nondisclosure Agreement: Time to Revamp?: Gerald Sauer’s article for Bloomberg Law

Nondisclosure agreements serve an important purpose, but the time has come to reign them in, writes Gerald Sauer, a founding partner at Sauer & Wagner LLP in Los Angeles. When drafted too broadly NDAs can cause harm to those who sign them, and may even violate laws or be unconstitutional, he says.

by Gerald Sauer

The nondisclosure agreement is as American as apple pie. Lawyers can recite Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) terms in their sleep, and nobody would, until recently, have done anything of substance without one.

We now seem to be in NDA free fall. Ex-administration officials write tell-all books; former business partners openly talk about their experiences; and family members air dirty laundry. All of them signed nondisclosure agreements.

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