A Note by Austin Bull
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On October 28, 2021, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s new focus on the “metaverse.” Facebook and its counterparts now belong to Meta Platforms, Inc. and will emphasize and move toward a virtual reality future. This novel endeavor came about a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to adapt to new, remote mediums. Digital landscapes became an immediate necessity rather than a distant, futuristic concept. Many industries were affected; the legal sector was no exception.
In an unprecedented fashion, law firms and courtrooms alike moved entirely remote. For the first time, depositions, hearings, and even entire trials were conducted by video conference from participants’ homes. Attorneys and their clients no longer commuted to an office but instead conducted their business through programs such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
 Kim Lyons, Facebook Just Revealed Its New Name: Meta, Verge (Oct. 28, 2021, 2:19 PM), https://www.theverge.com/ 2021/10/28/22745234/facebook-new-name-meta-metaverse-zuckerberg-rebrand.
 See Richard Eisenberg, Is Working from Home the Future of Work?, Forbes (Apr. 10, 2020, 2:44 PM), https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2020/04/10/is-working-from-home-the-future-of-work/?sh=447c189346b1 (discussing the transition to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic).
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 See, e.g., Sam Skolnik, New York Bar Advises That Firms Be Cautious About Reopening, Bloomberg Law (May 13, 2020, 5:41 PM), https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/new-york-state-bar-releases-law-firm-reopening-plan.
 See, e.g., Robert Barnes, Supreme Court Takes Modest but Historic Step with Teleconference Hearings, Wash. Post (May 4, 2020), https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-teleconference-hearings-bookingcom/2020/05/03/f5902bd6-8d76-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html.
 See, e.g., Jake Bleiberg, Texas Court Holds First US Jury Trial via Videoconferencing, ABC News (May 22, 2020, 12:31 AM), https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/texas-court-holds-us-jury-trial-videoconferencing-70825080.
 See Which Video Conferencing Tool Is Best for Lawyers?, Law. Monthly (May 6, 2020), https://www.lawyer-monthly.com/2020/05/which-video-conferencing-tool-is-best-for-lawyers/.