Monday, February 1, 2016

Being female in the legal profession

Here's a recent story out of Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.

Sen. Mitch Holmes' 11-point code of conduct does not include any restrictions on men, who he said needed no instruction on how to look professional, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

"Oh, for crying out loud, what century is this?" Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, said Thursday.

I'm glad to see “bipartisan ridicule.”

Then there is a judge in California –

One California judge who seems to have a bad habit of disrespecting women in his courthouse recently received a gentle slap on the wrist — a public admonishment — for his behavior from the state Commission on Judicial Performance.

Judge Joseph Bergeron, an 18-year veteran of the San Mateo County Superior Court, has a history of “treat[ing] certain women at court inappropriately,” dating back to at least October 2013, when he was told by the court’s presiding judge to stop treating female court employees in a “rude, abrasive and condescending” manner after six of them came forward with complaints. Less than one year later, Judge Bergeron was back to his old tricks.

The article goes on to describe similar behavior to a female attorney appearing in his courtroom.  I suppose you can say at least he's consistent in his treatment of ALL women in the courthouse.

Thankfully, it's been a loooooong time since I've had to deal with this sort of behavior.


  1. I wonder what Holmes would say if all the men came dressed in luau shorts next meeting! lol

    1. That would be awesome! Great mental picture lol =)

  2. I'm slow to comment, but had to tell you I thought of you when I watched Samantha Bee's excoriating takedown on her new show. Her comments about Holmes' whiskers were especially ... unforgettable (even with brain-bleach and a lot of trying!) ...

    1. Hey DLM you can be as slow as you want! Not sure you thinking about me while watching Samantha Bee is a good thing tho LOL =)