With all the subtlety of a concussion, the coronavirus staggered Florida’s legal system in March, ending jury trials, most other in-person legal proceedings, and leaving judges, lawyers, and litigants trying to figure out how to keep going.

“I think initially a lot of us sort of froze in place, with our clients, the law firms, and maybe the courts trying to figure out this new technology,” said Bar Board of Governors member Sandy Diamond. “While we figure it out, it’s not business as usual. I think we have worked pretty hard to move our clients’ business matters forward.”

“For a while we all kept our fingers crossed and hoped this would get behind us and we would return to normal,” said West Palm Beach attorney Bill Hennessey, chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. “We’ve all come to realize we’re all working in a different day and age…. Now we’ve got to do things differently and move forward.”