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The paperless chase

Online research, budget squeezes threaten future of court-funded law libraries

Up on the 13th floor of the St. Louis Civil Courts Building, under high ceilings decorated with rose medallions, the law library is filled with some 75,000 volumes of legal standbys. Members can use the William Buder Room, which overlooks the Arch and is supplied with coffee and furnished with plush couches and chairs. The library, intended to be a thing "of lasting comfort and beauty" when it opened in 1930, appears to have everything - except patrons.

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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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