Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Los Angeles County Litigation Lawyer Should Observe Proper Dress Code

I just came across this blog entitled “Courtroom Couture”. It tackled about litigation lawyers observing proper dress codes in the courtroom. The job of a lawyer demands a high degree of professionalism and respect. Wearing proper attire during hearings is one of the ways that lawyers can be respectable.
Most courts in the United States follow a certain dress code. This is in compliance with the United States Supreme Court Notice to Counsel requiring lawyers to wear conservative business attire preferably dark colored to maintain the dignity of the court. Los Angeles County litigation lawyers, in particular, are required to wear the appropriate dress so that it would not distract court personnel and the whole proceedings as well.
As a lawyer myself, I agree with the implementation of dress code during hearings or court proceedings. The law profession is a dignified field and thus all those practicing it should maintain proper decorum.
Respectability is a trait that is earned. I believe that to gain respect you have to work for it. Of course, how could we gain the respect of our colleagues if we are not appropriately dressed during trials.
Being appropriately dressed does not mean that we have to wear tuxedos or long gown during hearings. As long as it does not disrupt the normal functioning of the court, we can wear clothes that give us comfort and do not take away our integrity as legal practitioners.
In my opinion, it is not only the way that we project ourselves in court that makes us respectable but also the way we carry our dress.