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Dress code attitudes fleshed out

Ally McBeal’s mark on the legal psyche remains strong seven years after the FOX television show left prime time. Several respondents in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s first courtroom dress code survey mentioned the microskirted Boston barrister when voting thumbs up or ...

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Dress Codes

It all started with the grandmother who showed up in a Springfield courtroom wearing a see-through mesh blouse and no bra. On another occasion, an attorney inadvertently exposed her bottom in a courtroom when she bent over. The Greene County Circuit Court is now the latest to consider a dress code. Missouri judges and attorneys cited difficulties setting rules for female lawyers’ attire, because there are no clear-cut standards equivalent to a coat and tie for men.

Reader poll: Take our online poll on what you consider to be appropriate to wear in court. Where would you set the standard?

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