73 W Flagler, Condemned! Attorneys: Train your clients on Zoom.
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A historic building I first visited when I was 5 years old has now been temporarily condemned due to structural issues. This following a building inspection frenzy on the part of Miami-Dade county government leaders that fear political repercussions from the aftermath of the Surfside Condo collapse.
So instead of using this historic building (which was already scheduled to be decommissioned once a new courthouse project is completed), the surfside condo plaintiffs (numbering about 70 as I was told) ended up appearing, in-person, at the Children’s Courthouse, just a few blocks away. This newer courthouse is serving as a temporary replacement for the historic building where infamous Al-Capone and Jim Morrison (lead singer of The Doors) were tried.
On another note.
I want to emphasize the need for all you attorneys to go ahead and do a trial Zoom meeting with your clients prior to any hearing. Once again I noticed attorneys having issues. In this case, a client was refusing to show her video on the screen and was having technical issues aside from that. This did not help her case at all.
So, PLEASE, always do a test video call; and remember, if they are going to have an interpreter throughout, they MUST use a computer and not their phone for connecting via Zoom.
The interpreter will most likely call your client’s cell phone to interpret simultaneously during the meeting, hence the need for two devices.
If you want to avoid this, consider asking the judge to test out Zoom’s simultaneous interpreting feature!
Jose Vega is not an attorney and nothing here is legal advice and everything here is intended for lawyer’s ears only.