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KaiserDillon Partner Jennifer Short Participates in ABA’s First-Ever Virtual Trial Program

From July 7th to 9th, KaiserDillon Partner Jennifer Short was defense counsel for an imaginary chain of nursing homes accused of violating the civil False Claims Act, in a trendsetting and online-only mock trial program sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“Co-sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section and Section of Public Contract Law, the Inaugural ABA False Claims Act Virtual Trial Program highlighted not only how jurors respond to evidence and arguments presented during a False Claims Act trial but also how litigators can adapt their strategies when these trials are conducted remotely,” the ABA Journal reported.

The innovative program provided a template that for what virtual civil court proceedings could look like if the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit the feasibility of conducting live hearings and trials.

“I had such a good time being part of this event, which was adapted from past ABA mock trial conferences for False Claims Act practitioners,” Ms. Short explained.  She added, “It took some effort to adapt the program to the limitations of the virtual world, but the pre-planning and discipline paid off with a nearly seamless presentation over a compressed timeframe. Even so, the other faculty and I observed that the natural human interplay that happens in a live courtroom setting is not easily replicated in the virtual world. We’re all looking forward to being together in-person again.”