Who is Rod Ponton? Texas Lawyer
Rod Ponton Rod Ponto is a Texas Lawyer who is in the headlines after joining a Zoom meeting with a cat filter. Judge Roy Ferguson opened up virtual proceedings of the 394th Judicial District Court in Texas on Zoom this week while not expecting to see two lawyers and a kitten. The cute blue-eyed “cat” in the bottom right corner was actually county attorney Rod Ponton, covered by a filter.
“Mr Ponton, I believe you have filter turned on in the video settings,” said the judge. Mr Ponton said his assistant was trying to fix the settings.
“I can see that,” said the judge. As the video went viral on social media, Judge Ferguson wrote in a tweet:
“IMPORTANT ZOOM TIP: If a child used your computer before you join a virtual hearing check the Zoom Video Options to be sure filters are off.”
He then followed with another post, praising all lawyers operating in difficult circumstances.
“These fun moments are a by-product of the legal profession’s dedication to ensuring that the justice system continues to function in these tough times,” Ferguson tweeted. “Everyone involved handled it with dignity, and the filtered lawyer showed incredible grace. True professionalism all around!”
The 69-year-old Mr Ponton said he was not sure how the filter had appeared. “I logged into my secretary’s computer to appear at this hearing via Zoom, and when everybody’s ready the judge calls the case and everybody’s face is supposed to pop up on Zoom,” he said.
The judge helped remove the filter and the hearing proceeded, Mr Ponton explained. Judge Ferguson called it a “fun moment”.
Judge Ferguson also asked that the footage not be used to “mock the lawyers, but instead to exemplify the legal community’s dedication to the cause of justice”.