Attending a virtual CLE has its perks: no commute, you get to control the air conditioning, and there is far less pressure to respect dress codes — you’re in your own house after all. Recognizing that, you would probably be better off rejecting dress codes in a T-shirt instead of a negligee; Zoom mistakes and camera snafus have been known to happen from time to time. Moderators are usually the first line of defense but, unfortunately, they aren’t infallible — much to the horror of this attendee:
Attended the following free virtual CLE from LexisNexis ….
Each attendee was identified by their email address. Unfortunately, a female attendee…had their computer camera ON. As the CLE started, she stood in front of the computer and seemed to adjust the camera. The female wore a robe that came undone and we were periodically flashed with her breasts. The presenter was notified in the chat and did nothing.
In a better world, this would be the part of the story where a miraculous power outage that only effected the flashing CLE-er too place. Unfortunately, that world is not ours.
The female stepped away from the camera for a minute or two, returns to the front of her computer screen.. She stands facing the camera, disrobes directly in front of the camera so we see full frontal, naked body—breasts, genital area fully exposed, then she turns her backside to the camera and climbs her naked behind into bed.
Okay, I had my doubts before, but at this point it had to be deliberate, right? I mean the camera off button was right there! Not to mention that these are lawyers — if you can read a statute you should be able to read a room. Even if the presenter didn’t moderate properly, the combination of averted gaze and shame should have tipped off the residential nudist! Ok, maybe not. Averted gazes and shame are pretty run of the mill for a CLE, but come on.
The presenter didn’t turn off her camera until at least 5 minutes after this happened. And they didn’t remove her from the meeting. They let her stay…I cannot unsee this and I blame LexisNexis. I noted this in my survey and received the following email response.
Thank you for contacting the CLE department…. We are aware of the situation that occurred and apologize for any frustration or discomfiture it may have caused. We discussed with all our Presenters the procedures for closing cameras and terminating an attendee’s presence in a session going forward. Thank you again for your bringing this to our attention.
If I were you, I wouldn’t place too much confidence in the presenters. Do your part and wear a shirt to your CLEs, lest you end up on ATL.
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