MARY REICHARD, HOST: Countless millions of workers are now working from home—including attorneys. Some are conducting hearings using online video conferencing.
Now, working from home is less formal than showing up in a courtroom. It’s understandable if lawyers don’t shine their shoes or iron their skirts.
Still, a Florida judge has one simple request for attorneys showing up for video hearings. I can’t help but hear the fictional Judge Chamberlain Haller:
HALLER: Next time you come into my courtroom, you will look lawyerly. I mean you comb your hair. And wear a suit and tie. And that suit better be made out some kinda … cloth. Ya understand me?
In other words: Get out of bed and get dressed!
Judge Dennis Bailey wrote a letter to the local bar association. He complained about inappropriate dress by lawyers on camera.
Listen to this: One male lawyer appeared shirtless and one female attorney appeared still in bed, under the covers. The judge admonished: just putting on a beach cover-up doesn’t conceal the fact that you are poolside in a bathing suit.
EICHER: You will look lawyerly.
REICHARD: It’s The World and Everything in It.