Judge demands attorneys wear clothes for Zoom hearings

A judge in Florida urged attorneys to get out of bed and put some clothes on before they appear in hearings with him via video conference.

The admonishment came after one lawyer signed on while “still under the covers.”

The judge, Dennis Bailey, wrote “We’ve seen many lawyers in casual shirts and blouses, with no concern for ill-grooming, in bedrooms with the master bed in the background, etc.”

“One male lawyer appeared shirtless and one female attorney appeared still in bed, still under the covers,” he added.

Bailey contends that despite the appearances being virtual, lawyers should treat them the same way they would an in-person hearing. The conversation is occurring just as the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would begin holding hearings via teleconference for the very first time in its history.

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And if you attend any of our  upcoming live web conferences to fulfill your CLE requirements, we don’t care if you’re still under the covers.