Welcome to the Streaming Lawyer!


Mitch Jackson aka The Streaming Lawyer

When he’s not trying cases, Mitch Jackson enjoys combining law, technology and social media to help professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs use social media and live streaming to disrupt, hack and improve their practices and businesses. To put the information found at this blog into proper context, Mitch is a successful businessman who started his own law firm 30 years ago. He walks his talk when it comes to engaging on the digital platforms and is “all in” when it comes to mobile livestreaming.

In 2013 Mitch was recognized by his peers as one of California’s Lawyers of the Year (CLAY Award) and a 2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year. His law firm website is JacksonandWilson.com (aka MyLawyerRocks.com) and most of his social media links can be found here. Outside the courtroom, Mitch enjoys interacting with and partnering with people from around the world who are disrupting industries and influencing change. You can join the conversation at TheShow.Live!

Important Information for Influencers and Companies Who Hire Influencers

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The FTC Puts Social Media Marketers On Notice With Updated Disclosure Guidelines

Influencers and the companies that hire them should be aware that last year, the FTC updated its FAQ page for endorsement requirements for the first time since 2010. Many legal professionals believe the new updates could precede a crackdown and fast forward to today, many of us are being contacted by influencers receiving violation notices from the FTC.

While some influencers and companies may be aware and follow these requirements, based upon my personal experience, I think it’s safe to say most don’t. My advice is simple: know the law, follow the rules and enjoy the journey!

Click here to read this excellent post by Martin Beck 

How Meeting the Real “Rain Man” Reminded Me to Never Judge a Book by its Cover


Years ago I had the pleasure of meeting American savant, Kim Peek, and his father Fran, at our Rotary Club. I was expecting Kim to be similar to the character Dustin Hoffman portrayed in the movie “Rain Man” and which also starred Tom Cruise. Above we’re pictured holding screenwriter Barry Morrow’s Oscar statuette which Kim carried with him while doing appearances.

Rain Man Mitch Jackson Rotary

Shortly after meeting Kim, our club members learned that Kim was unable to do many of the things depicted in the movie. I just assumed that he could.

What Kim could do is quickly read a book scanning the left page with his left eye, and right page with his right eye, and accurately remember the what he had just read. In fact, his dad reported Kim could recall the contents of more than 12,000 books.

One fascinating fact I learned about Kim was that he did payroll in his head for a company with 120 employees. He also was able to scan through a phonebook from your home town (it would take him about an hour using both eyes as I described above) and if asked, he could tell you which page number your name and phone number was on. Often he could even recall the street address. Kim has since passed away, but you can learn more about this amazing man by visiting his Wikipedia page.

Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to try several high profile cases to jury verdict. In each and every trial, the purported facts and evidence reported in the newspapers and online were substantially different than what was really going on inside the courtroom. People were making incorrect assumptions about a case based upon a headline or inaccurate reporting.

In a similar fashion, I believe the perception many of us have about people in the public eye, famous people, and influencers, both online and off, is premised upon inaccurate assumptions, facts, and conclusions. A chance encounter in a restaurant or awkward moment on TMZ often times really doesn’t show who someone is or what they stand for in business and life.

On the ranch I grew up on in Tucson, Arizona, we had many famous people and their families stay as guests. Without exception, every single person and celebrity were completely different in real life than what you would see on television, in the movies, or out on the athletic fields. They were your typical everyday human beings with good and bad characteristics and habits.

My Take-A-Way

Because of something that recently happened to me, I was reminded to always separate assumptions from facts. On important matters, do your due diligence before putting someone up on a pedestal or buying their expensive products or services. Spend the time and make the effort to learn the facts so you know exactly who you are dealing with and what you are buying.

While it’s OK to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, please be ready to deal with the consequences if you do. I give people the benefit of the doubt all the time. At the same time, I can do this because I’ve also created the mindset that if I’m wrong about someone, then I can live with the decision I’ve made because the other person is the problem, not me.

I think it’s important to remember that for the most part, it’s a good idea to never judge a book by its cover and always do your due diligence in business and in life. Not only will the clarity derived from your efforts help guide you to success, you’ll also be a better and wiser person for understanding the importance of not jumping to conclusions about people and things.

I don’t know about you, but for me and most other people, it’s a challenge to figure ourselves out much less others. So, in closing, I leave you with a quote from Deepak Chopra:

“We have to really educate ourselves in a way about who we are, what our real identity is.”

Maybe once we figure out who we are, we’ll be able to more accurately figure out and understand others.

Joel Comm Recommendation

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“I’ve been an early adopter of tech, social and live streaming and have seen almost everything there is to see in the tech space. While platforms come and go, the one consistent business asset that never seems to change are quality relationships with people who #DoGoodStuff.

Mitch and his team of top-rated lawyers at Jackson & Wilson, Inc. have been embracing tech and the Internet since the mid-1990s. They understand the changing needs and legal issues that relate to tech startups and businesses using the digital platforms. I’ve had the pleasure of having Mitch’s firm assist me with several legal matters, and his legal team always shared honest and timely feedback, even on the weekends.

If you’re looking for a lawyer and law firm that understands tech, social media and doing business the human to human way, give Mitch and his team a call. They’ll take great care of you and always put your best interest first.”

Joel Comm is a Keynote Speaker, NY Times Best-Selling Author, Futurist and Social Influencer.

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Using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Sensory Devices in the Courtroom!

Mitch Jackson VR AR in the courtroom

It’s 2020 and the new handheld Techsung Global Device 50 (“TGD50”) battery has a run time of six months between charges. Incredible technology except for one thing. Just like a few years ago, the batteries are catching fire during use.

My clients 50,000 square foot storage warehouse valued at $200 million burned to the ground after a cargo container filled full of TGD50’s caught fire and within an hour, destroyed the building and everything in it. Today, we’re starting a products liability jury trial in Orange County, California, and we’ll be using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and body sensory devices (SD) to win the case for our clients.

The tech and legal issues are unbelievably complicated. The parties to this case are concerned that the average Orange County juror just isn’t going to be able to get a good grasp on the issues and damages. The anticipated expense of bringing in witnesses and experts from around the world is daunting. Our judge agrees.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Sensory Devices

tech-crunchRather than a traditional jury trial, we’ll be utilizing the new Virtual and Augmented Reality with Sensory Device (VARS option) now offered by the Orange County Superior Court. This new service is designed to create a virtual courtroom. For those of you not familiar with VR or AR, here’s a glimpse of how this tech works [click to watch].

Instead of having to fight traffic and drive down to the courthouse, I’ll be conducting most of the jury trial from the convenience and familiarity of my office. The secure cloud-based VARS service allows me to use any devices such as an Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR or the HTC Vive to communicate and try my case. Opposing counsel, our judge, the court staff, and witnesses will all be using similar technology.

No physical courtroom is needed, and all other participants are engaging in the trial from their choice of location. For me, I’ll be starting my jury selection using my HTC Vive 1000 (fits on my sunglasses, covers my eyes,  and offers a true enclosed 360 degree virtual view of the courtroom) while walking the beach at Strands in South Orange County, California. That’s where I do my best thinking and that’s where I’m going to start virtually connecting with my jury.

Picking a Jury

Our jury pool is global. Rather than consisting of the traditional cross-section of our local community, this VARS jury pool consists of programmers and tech experts from the Silicon Valley, The East London Tech Center in the UK and from Bangalore in India. One of the advantages of having everyone, including jurors, participating in the trial via their VR headsets is that it allows the qualified potential jurors to be selected from around the world.

The VARS service puts each potential juror, regardless where they physically reside, inside the jury box in our virtual Orange County courtroom. When they look left and right, they see their fellow potential jurors participating in the case. When they look straight ahead, they will see a digital courtroom, staff, judge, and counsel. They’ll also see the parties sitting at the counsel table. For all purposes, it appears to all the participants that they are seated in a traditional courtroom.

The attorneys take turns talking with the prospective jurors, and for all purposes, jury selection takes place just like it would in a traditional non-digital courtroom. During the process, jury consultants for both sides (one in Texas and the other in New York), are privately listening and watching what is going on and communicating with me using a “counsel only” box floating in the upper right-hand corner of the display. In real-time, these experts are suggesting what questions and issues should be discussed. I’m free to act upon or simply disregard their input. Everything is being recorded in real time to be reviewed later by each side.

In cases where the media has been given permission to broadcast the trial, a “media link” offered by VARS allows the media to look through the attorney’s eyes and share, in real-time, exactly what is happening in the courtroom. The media can also broadcast what goes on in the courtroom from almost every possible viewpoint and of course, subject to the court’s pre-trial orders. Private communications between a lawyer and his staff or consultant are not available for viewing via the “media link” connection. The result is full transparency for the community, and that’s always a good thing.

Starting Trial

Once a jury is selected, the attorneys stand and give their opening statements. They can “walk” around the courtroom, use exhibits and show the jury video on a virtual digital screen. If an attorney places an objection as to the admissibility of evidence, he or she can swipe their hand in the air or click the “Objection” button, and the entire VARS trial stops allowing the judge to address the issue. Once done the judge swipes her hand to “go live” and the trial continues.

Everything the lawyers are normally able to do during the trial they can do with less time and effort using the VARS system. Jurors are more interested in participating in the VARS jury trial because they are not required to travel to and from the courthouse, and they are not required to wait around in the hallway until the judge and parties are ready for them (a big problem in the real world).

Furthermore, the jurors that are selected for the VARS trial program are experts and specialists from around the world who understand the issues, evidence, and arguments of the parties. The entire trial process is more efficient, and the chance for misunderstandings leading to an incorrect verdict is almost completely avoided.

Sensory Device (SD)

david-eaglemanIn addition to joining our trial via the VARS trial program, each juror will be given and wear the VARS sensory device which will allow counsel and the judge to “sense” what the jurors are feeling and thinking. The court allows this because of the work pioneered by the neuroscientist, David Eagleman, who has shown that as humans, we perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves (information) available to us [click to watch].

As Eagleman points out, “our experience of reality is constrained by our biology” and when it comes to adjudicating cases properly, the more information in the right context the better. The new VARS sensory device will allow counsel to take in and understand previously unseen information about how each juror is interpreting the evidence and trial.

SD’s are provided by next day delivery or, via high speed 3D printing. Most of the smartphones and mobile devices already contain this technology, and so jurors simply connect a small device to their body which connects via Bluetooth 5.0 to the VARS trial service. The result is that the perception what the jurors think and feel is substantially higher and much more accurate.


Using the VARS trial program, lay and expert witnesses can be called from around the world. No longer are they required to miss work, incur expenses and travel to the courthouse to testify.

SD’s are used to give all parties a full understanding as to what the witness is truly communicating via their physical, emotional and other physiological readings. Each party is free to use and interpret what and how the witness feels and this helps put verbal responses to questions into proper context.

Another benefit of the new VARS trial program is that language translation is automatic and instant. During all phases of the trial including jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing arguments, what language everyone speaks is no longer an issue. The VARS trial program allows everyone to communicate with 100% accuracy and clarity using the integrated Google Translate chatbot service. If any participate is not familiar with a term or phrase used during the trial, he or she can simply swipe in the air with their finger to have a definition confidentially displayed in their VARS headset or played in their ear.

The VARS system used by the lawyers, their support staff, and judge, allow for built in facial recognition software and social media and database links. This gives counsel and the court the ability to conduct real-time searches on jurors and witnesses. The results of Instant fact-checking can be confidentially communicated back to counsel via an earbud or private display for follow-up questioning. Real-time input from other lawyers in the office or consultants physically located on the other side of the country allows for a more meaningful discussion of facts and evidence to take place in a more thorough and meaningful fashion.

With VARS, and simply using a swipe of a finger or voice command, testimony from earlier in the day or week can be played back, during the break, to help jurors, counsel, and even the judge digest the information and prepare for later that afternoon or the following day. Back in 2016, we were required to ask the court reporter to work after hours, at a premium billing rate, to provide a copy of a witness transcript for use the next day. This new real-time service is less expensive, faster and more efficient.


No longer are the parties required to bring “evidence” to the courtroom. Documents, pictures, videos and site inspections can now be brought to the VARS trial with ease.

If the issues involve the manufacturing process of a particular component, jurors can now be virtually taken to a factory in Vietnam and South Korea and then immediately to a production line in South America to see exactly what takes place regarding the battery quality control and assembly process. A human being on site at each of these locations can share a live 3D video feed into the VARS trial to give everyone a front row seat on the entire manufacturing process. He can walk around, pick up and even demo almost anything that needs to be done per the instructions of counsel and the court.

When it comes to jury misconduct, jurors are instructed not to independently investigate or research the case. This has been a rule of court for decades and will continue to be the rule of court for many years to come. The new VARS service doesn’t change this rule, and traditional court orders will continue to apply. When jurors are sequestered, which is unusual in jury trials, the VARS device and service will be deactivated until the next day of trial. The same rules that apply to jury conduct back in 2016 continue to apply today in 2020 under the VARS program.

Judgment and Appeal

At the conclusion of the VARS trial, the jury can deliberate, while physically located all around the world, in a private and secure virtual jury deliberation room. The VARS system makes it seem as though the 12 jurors are in the same room sitting across a large table from each other. Testimony can be reviewed, and evidence can be held, examined and talked about. Once a final judgment is rendered, the case is concluded.

The VARS appeal process is automatic, and artificial intelligence (AI) will independently review the recorded trial digital audio, video, and sensory transcripts. Errors in procedure and evidence will be found, and options offered to the court and parties.

In some cases, the ability to opt out of the VARS program and have live appellate justices hear appellate issues and arguments is an option. If the parties choose to do so, they can simply continue the VARS approach to trial and handle oral argument at the appellate level using the modified Appellate VARS program.

It is noted that using the Appellate VARS program, many appeals that once took 1-2 years to conclude are now resolved within hours or days.


The new VARS trial program allows the lawyers, court staff and parties to resolve disputes in a more efficient and effective fashion. It also permits qualified jurors to participate, wherever they may be located in the world. Time is saved, and court costs are substantially reduced.

The availability of limited courtrooms is no longer an issue. What has become a very inefficient legal system is now an effective and welcome tool allowing everyone to have their day in court and to find justice. In this case VARS allowed my client to win the trial and recover all damages.

Note: Obviously everything I discussed is still in development but it’s going to happen in the near future. I do see this technology eventually complimenting not only our legal system, but also everything else we do as human beings. As you can probably tell, I’m passionate about disrupting industries and creating positive change so please feel free to reach out if you believe I can add value to your next interview or event. Thanks! 


Jon Mitchell Jackson Orange County Personal Injury and Wrongful Death LawyerMitch Jackson is an award winning California Trial Lawyer who in 2013 was named one of California’s Litigation Lawyers of the Year and in 2009, was recognized as one of Orange County’s Trial Lawyers of the Year. He enjoys sharing new ideas and approaches to disrupt and improve our legal system and to make justice more accessible and available to everyone.

Connect with Mitch on Twitter @MitchJackson and through his law firm JacksonandWilson.com. Many of Mitch’s live streaming videos are shared right here at Streaming. Lawyer and his two popular weekly talk shows are TheShow.live with co-host Jennifer Hoverstad and LawandOrder.live with his co-host, police officer, Mike Bires.