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Chicago Partner Jena Valdetero was quoted May 6 by CIO Dive on the drawbacks and benefits of virtual hearings. Valdetero said videoconferencing platforms are easy solutions –​ most attorneys have access to high-speed internet and a camera – but “the pandemic is exposing issues with the digital divide” and can prove problematic with defendants and pro se litigants, or those individuals representing themselves. Though courts will need to find workarounds to accommodate those individuals, routine hearings can likely proceed, said Valdetero, co-leader of BCLP’s Data Privacy & Security Team.

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