Thursday, July 9, 2020

DC BPR On Display

There are few things that are more exciting than the recent move to remote access of oral arguments before the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. 

I just had my first opportunity to hear and see a remote argument in real time.

And the Board has a web page that stores the arguments for future review. 

What a pleasure it is to have the opportunity to hear and see these proceedings, the questions of the Board members and the responses of counsel. Further, judging by the views, I am not the only person who finds value in this new resource. 

A real step forward in transparency and an excellent teaching tool for PR profs.

Postscript: I am grateful that there is no digital record of my dozens of arguments before this tribunal. There are more than a few memorable moments mercifully lost in the mists of history. (Mike Frisch)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2020/07/dc-bpr-on-display.html

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You can also watch Michigan hearings.

Posted by: Cynthia Bullington | Jul 10, 2020 4:57:42 AM

The California State Bar Court is now conducting trials via Zoom and these can be viewed by the public as well. My turn in the barrel doesn't come until August. http://www.statebarcourt.ca.gov/Portals/2/documents/generalOrders/Public-Events-Week-of-July-6-RV.pdf

Posted by: David C. Carr | Jul 10, 2020 7:12:25 AM

I find it disingenuous that you omit the fact that these oral arguments (as well as the ad hoc committee hearings) are now being posted on YouTube. The sentence, "And the Board has a web page that stores the arguments for future review" is linked to a YouTube channel, not to a page that is hosted on the Board's website - which would be the appropriate and was its typical practice before the COVID-19 pandemic. Did the Board or its Executive Attorney not read through YouTube's aka Google, Inc.'s fine print of the terms of services before making this decision? Just one example of an issue that should have been considered before making this decision, under YouTube's Your Content and Conduct terms, it states "[This section] defines the scope of the permissions that you grant by uploading your Content, and includes your agreement not to upload anything that infringes on anyone else’s rights." Has the Board received the consent of all individuals - both the Respondent and his/her clients - before posting these Zoom adversarial proceedings to YouTube, an entity that now owns the licensing rights of these events as well? All one needs to do is a quick search through YouTube to see that its ONLY the DC Board on Professional Responsibility that is doing this. NO other state bar is doing such a thing. They host their public hearings and oral arguments from either the Court's website or their own website. Not on YouTube.

Posted by: J. Price | Aug 13, 2020 2:48:15 PM

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