Videoconference Decorum: Get Out Of Bed And Put On A Shirt

Videoconference Decorum

Videoconference decorum is taking a hard hit with Covid-19, as those unused to videoconference etiquette are getting their first taste of certain baseline requirements. We all know the joys of conference calls (funny), but videoconferencing is taking things to a whole new level. When working on your personal branding as an attorney, being clothed and upright are two key items to keep in mind. You’ll leave a positive impression on your colleagues and, where applicable, the judicial system.

“As many sources have reported, a bar association in Florida has posted a message from Judge Dennis Bailey discussing the effects of the shutdown on Broward County courts, noting among other things that at least some divisions are now using Zoom to conduct hearings by videoconference, and offering some tips on how attorneys can do a better job of this. “One male lawyer appeared shirtless and one female attorney appeared still in bed, still under the covers. And putting on a beach cover-up won’t cover up [that] you’re poolside in a bathing suit. So, please, if you don’t mind, let’s treat court hearings as court hearings, whether Zooming or not.””

Read: Judge Asks Attorneys to Wear Shirts, Get Out of Bed for Videoconferences at Lowering the Bar

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