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Judge Tells Female Attorneys To Dress Professionally

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by Adam Ghassemi

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

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

"Most of the attorneys dressed very professionally. There's not a big problem, but it was enough that it came to our attention," he said Thursday. "We wear a robe because of the seriousness of what we do and we expect the attorneys to also reflect the serious purpose we're there on."

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.

Mila Grigg, who owns MODA Image Consulting, has more than a hundred male and female attorneys as clients. She helps them look professional in the courtroom.

"The judge needs to trust that you've done your due diligence and your job and you need to show the client that you're trustworthy and you're inspiring that trust in them, which is really important," Grigg said.

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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