Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Why is it that I always wear the same thing in court be it for a status hearing, argument on a motion, trial (bench or jury) and appellate argument - white button down oxford shirt, dark non-styled/American suit (only small/thin stripes - no gangster wides), and maroon and blue striped ties/or diamond/dotted maroon ties? (NB: with the exception of red and blue ties – I wear them, sometimes, when I am going to do a key cross – a “Mr. Subliminal message” to the fact finder/ witness that “there will be blood” or just a pump up for me – yes it is a little crazy and I don’t always do it, but in the interest of full disclosure I must admit this practice)
So is what I do a superstition or method?
So asks Stewart Weltman on his Lean and Mean Litigation blog. He attributes his practice partly to respect the solemnity of doing law and partly so that his attire does not distract from what he is communicating:
I wear what I wear because I do not want what I wear to get in the way of what I am saying. When we are in court, be it in front of a judge or in front of a jury, our message, not who we are or what we wear, should be what is coming through. You don't want to create unwanted or, more important, unintended interference with those who are receiving your message.
He admits to being “old school.” Other lawyers may dress to impress.