published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Tennessee judge tells female attorneys to dress right

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge has drafted a letter, telling female attorneys to dress professionally at court.

The Tennessean reported Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Royce Taylor said he has received a number of complaints from lawyers concerning other attorneys’ apparel choices.

Taylor said he found judges weren’t holding female attorneys to the same standard as male lawyers.

In his notice, Taylor wrote he has advised women attorneys that jackets should have sleeves that extend below the elbow and noted attorneys’ personal appearance in court is a reflection upon the legal profession.

Attorney Lisa Eischeid said Taylor is equally demanding of male attorneys and said she once saw him hold a man in contempt for appearing without a jacket.

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