February 18, 2021 Article

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera!

Strategies for avoiding embarrassment, malpractice, and ethics violations while practicing virtually.

By Francine Friedman Griesing

When I was growing up, Candid Camera was one of the most popular television shows, predating the reality programming we have today. Back then, host Allen Funt used hidden cameras to capture ordinary people’s reactions to unusual situations staged to elicit maximum effect. Today, in our professional lives, rather than having face-to-face exchanges where we know we are being observed, we deal with the camera hiding in plain sight. With so much of our professional lives conducted virtually, it is easy for the best of us to forget we are being watched and overheard. Too many lawyers have been caught unawares in embarrassing and risky situations, harming their reputations and their clients’ interests. No matter how sophisticated, well educated, accomplished, or capable we are, working virtually has caught many with their pants down, literally and figuratively, with dire consequences. 

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