Kevin Patrick Law - April 2021

Meet Your Purrrrfect Lawyer Kevin’s Thoughts on the Now-Famous Zoom Cat

It’s been three months since a kitten appeared on Zoom to argue a court case in Texas, but our office still isn’t over it! Honestly, every time I think about the incident, it makes me laugh. We can all use a chuckle these days. In case you somehow missed this viral internet meme, here’s a bit of backstory. In early February, an attorney named Rob Ponton from Presidio County, Texas, logged onto Zoom for a virtual civil forfeiture case hearing. The rest of the folks on the call were wearing suits and ties, but Ponton didn’t fit in. Why, you ask? Well, because he was a cat! More specifically, he was a kitten. Ponton had accidentally enabled a filter on his secretary’s Zoom screen that made him look like an adorable gray kitten with a pink nose. Hilarity ensued when he couldn’t figure out how to remove the filter and neither could his assistant.

From there, the system conspired to make it go viral. According to The New York Times, the court actually shared the video to its YouTube page, and the judge presiding over the case tweeted out a link. The rest is internet history! As a lawyer who has done plenty of Zoom hearings myself, I really feel for Ponton and his predicament. Even though he did everything paw-sible to stay professional, he couldn’t contain the cat-tastrophy. Here at Kevin Patrick Law, my team and I are nowhere near as cute as that Zoom filter, but we are a bit more professional. Rest assured that when I show up in Zoom court to represent you, I have no intention of being a cat!

“I’m here live,” he told the confused judge, adding, “I’m not a cat.”

Eventually, they figured out how to turn the filter off and the purrrfect lawyer disappeared, replaced by a face Ponton jokingly described as “older and less humorous.” The whole thing took about a minute and was a whisker away from going unnoticed. Fortunately for the world, the brief game of cat and mouse with the filter was caught on video.


Rhubarb Oat Bars

Ingredients • 1 1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided

• 1 cup old-fashioned oats • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/3 cup butter, melted until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. 6. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, coconut, salt, and remaining brown sugar. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly. 7. Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish, spread rhubarb mixture on top, then sprinkle with remaining oat mixture. 8. Bake 25–30 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before enjoying!

• 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 4 tbsp water, divided • 4 tsp cornstarch

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8-inch square baking dish. 2. In a medium saucepan, bring rhubarb, 1/2 cup brown sugar, lemon juice, and 3 tbsp water to a boil. 3. Reduce heat to medium and cook until rhubarb is tender (about 5 minutes). 4. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining water, stirring until smooth. 5. Gradually add to the rhubarb mixture, return to a boil, and cook


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