Michael Weinstein of Ferris & Britton, APC
An Inspiring Thought for the Week
"Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy, and needs feeding"
- Clarence Darrow -
The Right to Think
By: Michael Weinstein

There is nothing as compelling as a good courtroom drama. “To Kill a Mockingbird” may be the most famous. A favorite of mine is the 1960 movie classic, “Inherit the Wind”, based on a play by the same name. Although it is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes’ “Monkey Trial” in Tennessee, much of the dialogue was based on trial transcripts.  
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The Primerus Optimistic Index
Primerus is at a 5 on the optimistic scale which is up from a 4 last week. We had several participate in the survey last week with an average of 6.5 score.  The only reason we are up this week a little is because the stock market seems to be defying the laws of gravity finishing on Thursday with the Dow well above 27,000. The virus situation has not changed significantly and the US economy’s GDP dropped 32.9% last quarter and 55 million people, about 1/3 of the work force, are drawing unemployment. The only bright star is the stock market which is important as an indicator of investor forward thinking optimism. Maybe the optimists are thinking that the American people, who have always won the tough ones when the going gets tough and they came together to fight as one America, despite the weakness in leadership, will take the bull by the horns and pull this rabbit out of the hat as they have done every time for the past 244 years. Bottom line: that is all that needs to happen to win this one as well.”
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Don't Dwell on Past Mistakes
By: Nick Kacher

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer. He holds multiple golf records and is considered one of the greatest golfers and most famous athletes of all time. Despite this greatness and just like everyone else, his career has had many ups and downs.
Good People Doing Good Things
By: Chad Sluss

We are always looking for ways to showcase our lawyers and show that they are “Good People Doing Good Things.” Our firms never disappoint. Below is an example of Primerus member, Mateer & Harbert, PA, giving back to their local community.
August 11th - Remote Proceedings: Preparation, Tools, and Tactics

Working remotely is the new normal, but what does it take to continue to litigate in this digital world? This webinar will provide best practices and key considerations for preparing for your virtual proceeding, demonstrations in remote and exhibit sharing tools, discussions on how to keep your remote proceeding secure, and more!
August 13th - All right Mr. DeMille, I'm Ready for my close-up!
What Trial Lawyers Need to Know to Make the Transition to Online Trials

Trial courts are reopening, and some civil jury trials have started. Trial judges are experimenting with the use of online technologies and conducting voir dire using online video services and video conferencing witnesses. In Alameda County, California two personal injury asbestos trials are under way. In-person trials may become a thing of the past and trial lawyers will be faced with the challenges of communicating with jurors remotely and dealing with witnesses who may not be physically present in the courtroom. This webinar will present an overview of how some courts are using remote technology in civil trials, the legal challenges being made and what lawyers should know about adapting to these inevitable changes. Richard Gabriel is a nationally known trial consultant who is currently spearheading The Online Courtroom Project that includes a prestigious group of trial consultants, retired judges and trial attorneys to study the use of remote technologies in trial, litigation and ADR. The Online Courtroom Project has conducted and reported on the results of a complete online demonstration trial. John Brydon is an attorney with over 40 years of trial experience and is monitoring two California civil jury trials currently using remote technologies to try preference asbestos personal injury cases. Remote trials are a reality. Trial lawyers and their firms need to adapt to these changes or else face the harsh reality of being left behind.
August 25th - The Tri-Partite Relationship

The tri-partite relationship is a relationship that exists among the insured, the insurer, and panel counsel in handling claims and litigation. While an attorney hired by an insurance company to defend an insured has an ethical and professional obligation to defend that insured, a relationship still exists with the insurer as well. This webinar focuses on the ethical implications of this relationship, with a discussion of selected ethics rules and case law to provide a better understanding of the obligations it puts upon insurers and attorneys.
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"Phibbs & Kahns"
Morning Coffee with Friends

Join us next week for Coffee and Conversation. We are honored and pleased that Jerome Weitzel of Kozacky, Weitzel McGrath, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois will be hosting our C&C next week. In order to keep the conversation manageable, we must limit it to 15 attendees so that everyone can participate. We will do this on a first come basis. If you cannot do it this week, then please put your name in for a future “Coffee and Conversation.”

Monday, August 17th - 10:00 AM EDT/2:00 PM GMT

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