The Lawyer Look

When I first started practicing law, I wore a white shirt, a suit and tie everyday.  That’s what lawyers did.  That’s how lawyers looked.  I was a very clean cut lawyer, particularly for a criminal defense lawyer.

Some clients made fun of me.  “Greenfield, you sleep in a suit?” Ha, ha.  My clients were a bunch of cut ups.  But the issues today are very different.  Very different.  Carolyn Elefant writes about a woman who was admonished to remove her tongue stud by a senior partner at her law firm.

“I felt so embarrassed,” recalled Wool, 32, who now works for Dr. Tattoff, a chain of tattoo removal studios. “It made me feel like I’d done something bad.”

Unfortunately, Carolyn takes a noncommittal stance, asking the readers what they think.  Does anyone wonder why this woman works for a chain that removes tattoos?  Is there a hint there?  While Carolyn’s question comes across as neutral, one has to assume that by merely asking the question, her bias is revealed.

The quote above came from an LA Times article, “Better hide the tattoo if you want the job.”  The article reflects the impact of today’s flavor of “cool” in the workplace.  Unlike Carolyn, however, the article reflects a clear bias in favor of today’s hipiosity.

Nearly 50% of Americans between 21 and 32 have at least one tattoo or a piercing other than in an ear, according to a 2006 study by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Men and women alike say their tattoos make them feel sexy and rebellious, a 2003 Harris Poll found, while the unadorned of both genders see body art as unsightly and think those with tattoos and piercings are less intelligent and less attractive

Sexy or rebellious?  Well that’s a message I want to send as a lawyer, and receive as a client.  After all, who cares if my lawyer is a dope, as long as he’s sexy.  There is a message here, but not the one intended by the nice fellow with a half-dozen piercings.  It says “I’m self-indulgent and immature.”  Put aside the sorry reality that there’s nothing worse than some old tattoo on some saggy old body part that nobody will ever be able to look at without retching at some point in the future.  It’s like wearing bell bottom pants in the ’60s, but never being able to take them off.  Your judgment will forever be showing.  Your poor judgment.

You might be surprised to learn that I don’t really care much for tattoos or piercings.  I consider them self-mutilation.  While tattoos are just foolish, a few facial piercings will make me gag.  I make no apologies about it.  I know that people who have them feel compelled to argue how wonderful they are.  I would too if I had done something so permanent and foolish, just to try to look somewhat less stupid than I do.

So there’s a cultural divide, and I’m on the old man side of it.  I can live with that.  Tomorrow, there will be something newer and hipper, and all you 20-somethings with your tats and piercings will be the old farts of the next generation’s day, branded so that no one will ever forget how uncool you are.  It all happens in cycles.

As Winston Churchill responded to the woman who told him he was drunk, “I may be, but tomorrow I’ll be sober, and you will still be ugly.”  I don’t know what the next fad amongst children will be, but when it comes (and it most assuredly will), you will still have those tattoos and piercings.  And they will still be viewed by the rest of us as reflecting lesser intelligence and attractiveness.  But hey, if it makes you feel sexy and rebellious, isn’t that really all that matters?

69 comments on “The Lawyer Look

  1. Gideon

    I’m with you on this. We are part of a profession and as such, must appear professional. Tattoos, piercings and the like are forms of self-expression and while that is fine if you are merely representing yourself, I think it is inappropriate when representing someone else. You’re not in court for yourself; you’re there for your client (and in our line of work, for the liberty of someone else), so the more serious and professional you can appear, the better.

    One can always express oneself outside of the workplace.

    I guess you can call me an old fuddy-duddy.

  2. Lennonist

    I’ve noticed, however, that the best criminal defense lawyers can get away with being the worst dressed in court. I try to “push the envelope” by wearing casual clothes to court but sometimes I’m admonished that I haven’t yet earned that right yet. Evidently if you win a murder trial or two, a different dress code kicks in. Have you noticed this?

  3. Mark Bennett

    Interesting topic. I don’t have any tattoos that are visible when I’m in court dress. I used to have a ponytail. Clients loved it, but I’m not so sure (very conservative) Harris County juries did. When I realized the hair could hurt my clients (what works for Tony Serra doesn’t necessarily work for me), it had to go.

  4. SHG

    I have, but it’s not just about dress.  After you’ve earned your bones, you can get away with a lot that a younger lawyer can’t.  It also has something to do with knowing the judges when they were just regular guys.  On the other hand, criminal defense lawyers often have a more unique persona than a prosecutor, some with longer hair, or cowboy boots (in NY, not Texas where any fool can wear ’em).  I’ve even known some guys who dress in suits, but like real shleps, as part of their shtick.  But it has to work, not just be a matter of vanity.  Some guys pull it offl; others just can’t.  You have to know how far to push.

    But that said, I never go to court dressed casually.  Nor do I let my clients.  This is about some very serious business, and there’s nothing about it I take casually.

    On the other hand, I have nothing against wearing a pair of shorts in the office.  I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

  5. Gideon

    Yep. I had the whole long hair, bushy beard thing going for a while, but no more. The sharp look is what works best, in my experience.

  6. a public defender

    tattoo or not to (tattoo)

    That is the question. Scott of Simple Justice writes about this LA Times article (via Carolyn Elefant) regarding the impact of body art and expression in today’s workplace.
    Once associated with drunken sailors, felons and Hells Angels, tattoos…

  7. Carolyn Elefant

    I took a neutral position in the column because I wanted to generate a discussion. I have found that when express my views, the only comments that I generate are those which disagree.
    Having said that, you guessed correctly – I am a traditionalist when it comes to lawyer attire, particularly in the court room (and this is from someone who was suspended from school in 8th grade for violating the dress code). Back when I handled criminal cases, I was sitting in the court room waiting for my case to be called. Across the aisle I noticed two young women, one clad in a conservative blue suit, the other in a skirt practically up to her waist and hoop earrings down to her shoulders. I automatically assumed that the suited woman was the lawyer and the short-skirt one was the client. Well, turns out I was wrong – the suited woman was a law student and the short skirted one was her PROFESSOR! They were part of the law students in court program. I felt that the short skirted woman was dressed completely inappropriately and sending a terrible message.
    When you’re a lawyer, you need to convey a professional image – it shows respect for your clients.

  8. Gideon

    I wholeheartedly agree, but for some reason, I am willing to give professors “a pass” on this. I guess I have always viewed professors as wise sages, who wear hemp and grow beards and are different, eccentric and non-conformist. Or maybe just the ones I liked.

  9. John Cascone

    I inform my clients that they should dress for court like they were going to church with their mother on Mother’s Day. Like many others I think a professional appearance in a courtroom is a must, however, outside the courtroom dress is personal choice. I often wear shorts, jeans, Hawaiian shirts, ball caps and other assorted dress for depos, the office or non-appearance days. For those who don’t believe appearance plays a part in other’s perception of them they are living a lie.

  10. DrSch

    Hi. im 25 years old, from Venezuela… I just read your post and i find it very rude, cause i thing you cant classify someone as stupid just because he has a piercing or a tattoo…
    For example, as I said before im 25, and i become a lawyer at the age of 21. Just mayor from graduate school, with honors, right now im an accidental judge…
    And i´ve achieve those goals with a tattoo on my back….

    So i would like you to explain me how that tattoo its making more stupid…

    Thanks for your kindness…

    Im sorry if my spelling isnt correct, but as you can understand english isn´t my first language

  11. SHG

    I see. Well, I feel awful that you found my post rude.  So here’s what we should do.  You email me a photo of your tattoo and I will add it to your comment so that we can decide whether your tattoo is becoming of an accidental judge.  Thank you.

  12. Justin

    While I understand that everyone is entitled to their opinion, I must say that assuming that someone is dumb or foolish based on a tattoo or piercing is stereotypical and just what I would hope we would all be working against. That being said, I have my bottom lip pierced and one earring in each ear. I also plan on getting “3/4 sleeve” tattoos. The only thing that is unsightly or unprofessional looking in professional dress is the lip rings which will come out upon graduation. I think the main thing to remember when talking about piercings and tattoos is that lumping everyone with them together is a little ridiculous. Having tattoos that are covered in the courtroom, or any professional place for that matter, is not indicative of someone being dumb. If anything, it is a mark of someone that took the responsible and sensible route in finding the proper balance between personal wants and professional goals. I must say though, there are those out there who seem to beg for a life of minimum wage and constant scrutiny. It is a price they pay and if they are happy with the choice then you are foolish to waste your time judging them. I somehow doubt that the person you choose to display a picture of (which is by far the extreme end of the spectrum and a horrible misrepresentation of the average person with a tattoo or piercing) wishes to be a lawyer or in any professional career. Perhaps you should use a more fitting example of the people you seem to despise so much or maybe you are just a bit jealous of the carefree life that their culture lives. While you say that them defending their decisions is just to cover up their regret for the poor decision they have seemingly made, one could point the same finger at you for spending your life as a lawyer. It is all a matter of perspective and therefor you should respect what others do with their lives and bodies as much as they should respect yours.

  13. Blake

    I think your response to the narrow minded view of tattoos and piercings was written very well. I myself don’t have a single piercing or tattoo, but believe that self expression is key to living life to its fullest. The reason SHG must find this so called form of self mutilation disgustingly unattractive is do to his lack of knowledge with other people and their views. This is no debate or discussion, this is just a narrow minded attempt to justify what is right in the eyes of the people. I understand that in a professional career you must look your best and authoritative, but I’m sure that having a tattoo, under that professional suit, won’t do any harm to the image you try to portray. Tattoos have been around for thousands of years, and to categorize them as a fad is simply another narrow minded view. I’m sure tattoos will never die out, and will always be a form of self expression. I don’t mean to give off any negative vibes in my writing, but I hate when people only see one side to things in life. How can you be a lawyer and only express one view?

  14. Corine

    Okay, yes i do believe that some tattoos are not very attractive. yet i now have one that is on my wrist and all it is, is a turtle because it resembles a few things that i love. if you look it up you will find what i am talking about. And i believe that it is not right that people will judge you just because you have a tattoo, because i want to be a lawyer and i am very smart and believe that i will make a damn good one. not all people get tattoos to feel sexy and rebelious. I get mine to stand for things and people in my life that have meant alot to me.

  15. SHG

    Corine,

    You know the answer.  It doesn’t matter what you think of your tat, but how it will be viewed by others in the courtroom.  No one will ask you to explain, but will simply jump to conclusions, whether right or wrong, and you will bear the consequences.  This isn’t about personal choice, but about priorities.  Is the turtle more important than being viewed with respect?  Will you feel the same way 10 years from now?

  16. Corine

    yes i will feel the same way about my tattoo 10 years from now. Oh and in the courtroom last I checked most people wear suits so nobody will see it. But my argument is that I strongly believe that there should be a law against people being predjudice about how people look. I understand that you have to hire someone no matter what their race, but to not hire someone because they have a certain attribute to them that you do not like that has nothing to do with their work ethics is wrong and should not be tolerated in todays society.

  17. Corine

    oh yea and i do not think that having a small tat has anything to do with priorities. priorities are things that you must to in order for things to go smoothly in life. like eating is a priority and taking care of your children are priorities. not worrying about what i have on my skin because i know that i am smart enough to back up my own self on wut i choose to do with my body.

  18. SHG

    I thought you wrote that your tattoo was on your wrist.  That won’t be covered.  As far as how you will feel in 10 years, maybe you will feel the same, maybe not.  Priorities change as people mature.  When you’re young, you don’t believe that, but 10 years is a long time for a young person.

    As to hiring decisions, your treading on dangerously silly ice.  People refuse to hire based on likes, dislikes, gut feelings, whatever.  That’s exactly the basis for hiring.  You don’t get hired because you think you possess the attributes that are important.  You are the person who need the job.  The person hiring gets to pick.  You have nothing to say about it.  If you can’t accept how this works, you’re in for some tough times ahead.

  19. SHG

    You have so much to learn.  The world doesn’t revolve around what Corine decides is important.  You decide that your tat is important, and so you have it.  Others decide that they don’t care for your tat and jump to conclusions about you, and you are without a job.  It’s not up to you to decide how others feel about you.  This isn’t an argument, it’s just plain, old, ugly reality.  And there’s nothing wrong with it, as you do it as well in your own life.  It is priorities.  Yours, at least for the moment, is a tat.  When you want a job as a lawyer, your priorities may change. 

    And whether you are smart enough to be a successful lawyer, with or without a tat, has to be proven, not proclaimed.  This too is not something for you to decide.  Whether you are or aren’t will be seen when the time comes.  But too much protest doesn’t help.

  20. Corine

    well i understand that you are trying to fight for what you believe in and i never said that the world revolves around me. i am speaking for a much larger crowd and it doesnt only have to do with tattoos. there are many other things that go into this that need not to be said becuase they are common sense. people basically hire for what they see and that i do believe is extremely wrong and disgusting. no i have never been declined a job because of a tattoo and i am not planning on it but what i do believe should happen is that people should hire based on knowledge and experience. Oh and by the way are you republican??

  21. SHG

    I’m not fighting for anything.  This is just the way things are.  And I’m not Republican, I’m just old.

  22. Corine

    ok so i guess thats why you say things like you have been. The world is changing everyday and that means that the way we work and do things as a human kind will be changing. Which also means that I can fight and once i become a lawyer I can try my hardest to pass a bill upon the government to help smooth out the way we hire our employees. I understand you may not like what I am saying, but I really do not care. I speak my thoughts and do whats right and one day I may or may not be able to change the way people like you think. You are the type to judge someone and criticize them just because you dont like how they look or speak or say what they feel. I am not like you at all, I listen to what people have to say and try to work with them on how to change things. One day your kind will be the ones that are looked down upon for the way you try to keep things the way they are. sorry sir or ma’am but one day things will change and i may be the one to do it. i guess we will have to wait and see.

  23. SHG

    If that’s how you think the world should be, then I hope you accomplish it.  As for me, I’m just an evil, old judgmental type of guy who doesn’t appreciate the cool changes that every generation thinks they invented that are going to take over the world.  I hope you are able to do all the things you want to do

  24. Corine

    Thankyou for wishing me good luck in the future. Nice to debate with you.
    P.S. im not trying to take over the world, if i could have i would have already :p

  25. Mark Bennett

    Wut?

    Good Lord. I’m neither old nor Republican and I think you blither.

    Suppose that I direct movies. Is it wrong for me to hire actors for what I see? Should I be legally required to hire Gary Oldman, say, to play a young woman? No, of course not.

    Now suppose that I have a job convincing human beings to set other human beings free (oddly enough, I do). Suppose also that I’m looking for an associate to train to try cases with me (I’m not). Two candidates have equal experience (none). The more knowledgeable of the two has stars tattooed on his neck, holes the size of silver dollars in his ears, and teeth filed to points.

    I happen to know from personal experience that in the Southern District of Texas a ponytail on a lawyer is too far out for most jurors. Jurors seeing the ornamented associate will be immediately turned off. Seriously.

    So you want to pass a law that would require me to hire the more-ornate lawyer, despite the certainty that my clients would suffer for it? People would go to prison, and maybe even die?

    Are you sure it’s not you that’s Republican???

    With all due respect, there’s a difference between the decorations we choose (I have a tattoo myself, but jurors will probably never see it) and the traits we’re born with. People will judge you forever for any decision you’ve had engraved into your skin; this is why only grownups should get them.

  26. Corine

    sir you have no idea how old i am. and my tattoo is far enough up on my wrist to hide it. and no im not republican i was just asking you.

  27. SHG

    Oh Corine, don’t disappoint me so.  There was a big lesson in Bennett’s post, and yet you saw nothing except the trivial.  If you think you have what it takes to be a lawyer, then you should be able to see the forest through the trees.

    And please click on the “Reply to this” so that your comments relate back to the earlier comment.  Otherwise, it’s just confusing.

  28. Corine

    i saw what bennett was talking about. and i think that it is true. but what i was saying is that i do not believe that people judge you just because you have a tattoo. i would understand if it was something bad like having to do with gang’s and violence or said some harsh words but something simple like my turtle should not be judged like so.

  29. Clueless

    I have a related but not entirely “on topic” question I would like to pose.

    I am a young defense attorney in a fairly conservative state. I stay in pretty good shape and tend to favor modern cut suits, and I think they look best on me. I like being (appropriately) distinct but I avoid being overly flashy.

    A senior lawyer with my agency told me that in his opinion, I should opt for traditional suits. I do practice in rural counties and jurors (and the law) do have a conservative bent.

    In your opinion, does it really make a difference? What is your advice on the matter?

  30. Corine

    I think that you could listen to what he says and still put your own flavor into what your wearing. I would never let someone change who I am or what i wear but i may take some of what they say into consideration

  31. SHG

    If your “style” has been sufficiently distinct that it’s drawn the attention of a senior lawyer, then you should already know the answer to your question.  When there is any potential for negative bias against you (and thus rubbing off unintentionally on your client) as a result of your appearance, you are not serving your client. 

    Wear whatever you please elsewhere.  In court, wear what serves your client best. 

  32. SHG

    My dear Corine, there are two critical points to be made to you.  First, if you do not start using the “reply to this” button so that your replies relate back to the source comments, I will end your ability to post comments.  No more chances for you.  You tell us you are very smart.  Start to show us.

    Second, you are not a lawyer.  You are not a law student.  Do not give your opinion without disclosing that you lack the capacity to have an opinion.  I know that your opinion matters enormously to you, but it is deceptive and harmful to others who think they are getting the views of a lawyer when they are not.

  33. Clueless

    Easy there! I think your reply was akin to “you’ve drawn the attention of a senior prosecutor, therefore, you must be guilty.”

    I’m not going to get into all the details of the situation, that would require an essay. I’ll just leave it at I’ve gotten several compliments on my attire, and only one complaint.

    I was merely seeking your opinion on typical, modern cut suits in conservative colors (blue, gray, black).

  34. SHG

    You get the answer to the question you ask.  Since we have no idea of what you’re talking about, “typical, modern cut suits,” and the only basis to go on was the information in your original post, you received the only reasonable view.  If you don’t like, where whatever you please and your clients will live with the consequenes.  Or not.

  35. Kathleen Casey

    What you might do is drop in on the jury trials in which the defense attorneys have a track record of acquittals. Eyeball what they wear. Compare their wardrobe with yours. Check out their shoes!

    Some “fairly conservative” states are very persnickety about attire (say, Iowa. Nothing against Iowa), including jewelry and watches. Others are more tolerant with “flashy.” Texas comes to mind. I am guessing. Tailoring needs to be an exact fit to your build, as you probably know. Speaking as a female, I stick with very good quality skirted suits before juries, with the hemline exactly at the bottom of the knee (the men concentrate better). Mid-calf is unflattering on all of us.

    Courtrooms are generally more conservative work settings for clothing than virtually any other.

    But it is all of a piece. Think “class,” in conduct (including a calmness and confidence, based on preparation), bearing, grooming, and taste, all appropriate for the courtrooms in your locale. No attorney licensed in some other state can help you. Drop in on those jury trials.

    Oh and a visible tatoo is a disadvantage, probably everywhere. This is a matter of taste. Come to think of it, tatoos give an ungroomed impression, to my way of thinking. If you have one or more tatoos, but possess other factors of class (my conception of it anyway), you may overcome the disadvantage.

    This is not a matter status in the world, socioeconomic or professional. A migrant worker may have class, or not. A president or for that matter a judge may have class…or not.

    And it is not a matter of physical beauty. Juries love a friend of mine, but you would not look twice at him on the street.

    Hope this helps.

  36. Adrian

    The idea is that one represents a client in court, not oneself. Because it is indubitably true that most people equate tatoos to deviance/threat of some form or other — then how on earth could one be doing one’s best for client in court when so adorned?

  37. Jello Biafra

    Whomever this author may be if he/she is an attorney they should be executed Saddam style for being such as ass. Your opinionated BS does not have any business rearing its ugly face in our justice system, this is exactly why and how it does not work in a fair manner, because of jackasses like yourself who feel free to judge others by the way they look. I have tattoos as well as a PhD in Physics and I am working on my masters in Engineering but according to your philosophy my tattoos some how make me “less intelligent”? I challenge you to duel of wit any day of the week. Go crawl back in your Hitler Hole moron.

  38. SHG

    It’s always fascinating how the content of an argument can prove the inverse.  You are, no doubt, brilliant.

  39. Jo Nathan

    Clearly this is one of your more popular posts, complete with colorful comments and retorts, for example this one, and the one about the accidental judge. I must say, the previous minutes reading this post and comments have been the most amusing time I’ve had in a few days. In fact, this last comment by “Jello Biafra” had me literally with tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Perhaps a hoax, but hilarious nonetheless. It’s hard to believe that so many miss the point that it’s the prejudice encountered in juries and judges that motivates the need for an attorney to do what’s necessary for their clients. Of course, people shouldn’t be judged by their looks, but rather the content of their character, as said Dr. King. But that’s not the reality, and attorneys need to maximize their chances by doing everything that works, from dressing appropriately to careful voir dire. In fact, Kathleen casey’s comment above came close to a more objective approach; has anyone polled jurors post-verdict to find out if they would admit that the attorney’s and/or client’s attire or “body decorations” influence their decision? I would expect one would have to do a more subtle study to find the real answer. I bet most wouldn’t admit it even if it were true; it might well be a subconscious sort of bias.

  40. roy anthony

    Its basic 1st year psychology… taught in the 1st month. As people we make judgements on everyone we meet. Those judgements are made generally in less than 5 seconds as to whether we like or not… see as a threat or not. Its automatic… its in our genes.
    No matter how some people may not like it… its part of our human make-up.

    P.S. Even though we automatically make these mental decisions its not impossible to change those perceptions later on… its just rather difficult and requires quite some effort.

    In a world of over 6 billion people we all like to think we’re unique… how many really are????

  41. John

    I am wondering how far practicing criminal defense attorneys (such as Mr. Bennett) are willing to extend the “give the jury what they want” policy. Appearance generally is not a protected category for employment, but race and religion could cause negative reactions among jurors.
    If you knew that jurors would be less inclined to trust the attorney (less inclined to acquit) because of the jurors’ prejudice, would you hire an African-American associate? an associate who wears a burkha? My employment law is a bit rusty, but I seem to recall that customer-preference is not an excuse for discriminatory hiring.
    It seems like a tough question to me, and I don’t have an answer. Clearly, this discrimination would be wrong, but ignoring the jurors’ prejudice would hurt your client.

  42. SHG

    I can’t say that I’m aware of anyonr hiring (or not) associates based on race due to jury preference, but as far as considering sex or race when selecting which attorney will try which case, it’s done all the time.  Women are chosen to defend accused rapists.  Blacks are chosen to defend accused white supremicists.  It’s done for the purpose of impacting the jury, provided that the lawyer is up to the task otherwise.  We’re in the business of successfully defending people, and we do what we have to do to accomplish it.  That’s not to say that cases can’t be successfully defended by attorneys of other races or sex, but we use whatever edge we can find.  That’s part of our duty to our clients.

  43. GS

    I understand what’s being said in this article and I agree with it. I’m a first year law student. I’ve considered getting a small tattoo in an inconspicuous, easily covered place. If I were hiring an attorney, or acting as a juror, I would expect that a lawyer understand the “rules” of the courtroom well enough to put them before his/her personal “style.” If one enjoys or appreciates tattoos, great! However, it should not be a shock when the conservative audience, such as the author of this article, are a bit put off. It doesn’t matter what the author thinks of tattoos, what matters is that many, many people think as he does. The courtroom is not the place for physical vanity, it’s a place to make an argument and have it taken seriously to defend a client.

  44. Sibyl

    “I don’t know what the next fad amongst children will be, but when it comes (and it most assuredly will), you will still have those tattoos and piercings.”

    Wrong – you will still have those tattoos (though removal is also a possibility, mind you!). I am fully aware that I will not always want my multiple piercings. But, guess what? I can always take them out. Why can’t I enjoy being part of this supposed stupid fad while I’m young and a student? When I’m a lawyer, I’ll take them out, at work if not permanently.

    If someone does, at the moment, believe me to be less intelligent because I have a nose ring, I’d rather not be around them at any rate. When I have to impress people like you, I’ll lose the piercings. At the time being, I couldn’t give a damn if some, ahem, old and unhip man thought my face was disgusting.

    I do, however, understand your point tattoos. I appreciate many of them aesthetically but when my friends get tattoos I feel like they’re setting themselves up on the road to regret. An easily concealed tattoo, however, should not be such a problem.

  45. Stephen

    This is what the hip people on Urban Dictionary call a “necrobump”

    The problem of tattoos and piercings is that you can remove them but they leave a mark – in the case of tattoos that’s that the skin is not left in the original condition and in the piercing case you have a hole left by the piercing.

    I don’t want to be around people who judge me adversely based on my decisions either and that’s why my friends tend to broadly agree with me on the big things. That’s absolutely not what will happen in practice though, I can’t even guarantee that everyone in the offices I will work in will agree with me, nevermind other people in the world.

    There’s a guy in my class at law school who is the very definition of tattooed, I was stunned to once see him dabbing a new tattoo with cream during a lecture. However, if he puts a suit on the tattoos all disappear under his clothes and you would never know. This seems to be the best of both worlds. If you really want a tattoo, oh well, go on then but being a crazy and rebellious individual just isn’t what people are looking for in a lawyer. I don’t imagine anyone actually cares if their lawyer is cool or not.

  46. ZH 442D

    Pathetic how all you ever argued there was some serious bull from a single interview that we’d only be doing it for self-indulgence over the court. If we want to do it, then the trial is ours to deal with, but overall that doesn’t instantly mean that it’s just to impress anyone in the court. It’s not like we wouldn’t know the consequences (assuming there would be a moment where we would be reminded by some teacher or something). So then, if we aren’t wearing them for the court, then what else is left? You seem to be well-educated and spiffy, find it out for me since I’m just a self-indulgent, “old fart” teen with piercings that obviously can’t show as much professionalism compared to you. Go back to reading the dictionary and find yourself what “bias” really means.

  47. John Evans

    First of all, it seems as if your perception of tattooing comes from an era long gone. Tattooing no longer consists of crude and faded scratchings on the arms of sailors and madams. In the last 10 years technology has advanced to the point to which tattoos can be as beautiful as “fine art” and have as much detail and sublety as Van Gogh or Picasso. That aside, 1/3 of the US population is tattooed, it’s no longer a fad, it is part of American culture. Yes, visible tattoos are still looked down upon in the legal community, but that era is quickly coming to a close.

    Oh, and Mr. Churchill, whom you so elegantly quoted, was also tattooed.

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