At a Symposium of Judges, a Debate on the Laws of Fashion (NYT)
Joan H. Lefkow of the Northern District of Illinois, she said one lawyer had shown up for a jury trial in a velour outfit that looked for all the world as if she was “on her way home from the gym.”
Judge Michael P. McCuskey, chief judge of the Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois and a member of the panel, said that at moot court competitions in law schools, he had seen participants wearing “skirts so short that there’s no way they can sit down, and blouses so short there’s no way the judges wouldn’t look.”
Judge Goldgar added that he was also unhappy with lawyers who sported loud ties, some with designs like smiley faces.
One woman parodied the male judges’ comments: “I’m sorry, Sugar, I’d love to listen to what you’re saying, but I have a penis. As such, I am only able to use one sense at a time.”
She added: “What garbage! Poor men can’t control themselves, so women have to respond.”