February 16, 2021 5 minutes to read ∙ 1100 words

TAPAs: Can You Hear Meow?

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene

For some time we have urged you to learn as much as you can about the technology you use; we have told you that technology serves as a double-edged sword that can help you or hurt you in your practice. In recent years the courts and various bar associations have adopted rules respecting requirements that you must know about the technology you use. Recently, something happened that opens the door to another discussion of that point. It’s a perfect example of what can happen when technology goes wrong due to an attorney not knowing how to operate it properly.

By now, we assume that most, if not all, of you heard about the Texas attorney who appeared in court on a Zoom conference as a feline. In case you missed it, you can watch the video here. If you have not seen it, you should. Yes, it is funny. Yes, it went viral. Yes, the attorney got his 15 minutes of fame from it. NO, you do not want it to happen to you. Check it out as it has become the attorney’s video faux paw of the year. Meanwhile, here are some tips to ensure that you do not get into the same situation (or appear as some other animal).

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