Course Description

This course provides a detailed look at the process and ethics considerations of making virtual court appearances using Microsoft Teams.  Topics include:

  • RPC Rule 1.1 and technical competence
  • Accessing and using Microsoft Teams
  • Hardware and software considerations
  • Connecting to and participating in Teams conferences
  • Sharing screens and exhibits
  • The Court's expectations
  • Ethical considerations
  • Current video procedures in Washington County


This course includes video recorded from a live Zoom conference for the Washington County Bar Association in February of 2021.


Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

2.0 PA Ethics CLEs

This course contains approximately 120 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenters

  • David Finder, Esq.

    David Finder, Esq.

    David Finder is an Associate with Bassi, Vreeland and Associates. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, David worked as a computer technician before entering the family business and going to law school. David attended Washington and Jefferson College for his bachelor's degree, where he participated in the pre-law society and helped restart and manage the Washington and Jefferson Mock Trial team. He then attended Case Western Reserve University's School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor. Previously, David clerked for the Honorable Janet Moschetta-Bell at the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County; for the Honorable Mary J. Boyle of the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals in Cleveland, Ohio; and most recently for the Honorable Michael J. Lucas of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County. David has been a licensed attorney since 2014 and currently serves clients from all over southwestern Pennsylvania.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Virtual Appearances Course Materials (Printing Optional)
    • Virtual Appearances Part One
    • Virtual Appearances Part Two
    • Virtual Appearances Part Three
    • Virtual Appearances Part Four
    • Course Evaluation (Required)