What judge would order an attorney to wear socks in court?

I've spent a good part of my adult life surrounded by and associating with attorneys. (Don't ask but know that I'm not a criminal.) Some do need a little help when it comes to courtroom attire. But even this surprises me and I went to college in Indiana.

In an article in the IndyStar and USA Today on Wednesday, reporter Tim Evans tells the story of an attorney who hates socks.

Apparently, he thinks he's the "Matthew McConaughey of the Indiana Bar."

Evans said an Indiana attorney who hates socks and has a habit of appearing in court with bare feet stuffed into his shoes faces possible sanctions if he shows up without them again in court.

And, to add insult to injury, apparently the court also observed that, on occasions, Glickfield has appeared in past proceedings without wearing a tie and while wearing an open-collared shirt..

(Just so you know, I checked up on Glickfield. He was admitted to bar in 1993, graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Psychology/Chemistry in 1989, and graduated from law school at the University of Dayton in 1992. Check out his picture from his law firm's website.)

In a directive issued in an Aug. 26 court order, Blackford Circuit Judge Dean A. Young addresses Todd Glickfield's courtroom fashion faux pas and explains the court decorum policy and the judge's authority to set rules, including a dress code.

"It strikes me that the judge is entirely within his authority to require that the attorney wear socks in the courtroom," said Maureen B. Collins, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, who teaches a class in lawyering skills.

Collins said socks are well within the definition of "proper business attire" proscribed by the local rules. She added Glickfield seems more interested in his own comfort than how he presents himself on behalf of his client.

OK, there's more to it than this and, unless Glickfield, of Marion, Indiana, was wearing pants that were too short to break across his shoes, how would anyone know?

And Collins wasn't done.

"While he may fancy himself the Matthew McConaughey of the Indiana Bar, this attorney should recognize that socks are part of the uniform worn by attorneys to demonstrate a respect for the formality of the courtroom and for the people whose lives are impacted by the decisions made in it," Collins said. "In my opinion, the attorney should grow up and put on a pair of socks."

Glickfield said "he would continue his habit of appearing sockless in court."

I guess when you think about it, you should dress up for court but, taking into consideration what people wear to fly in airplanes/attend church or visit Walmart, I think not wearing socks is not that egregious.

Follow WKYC's Kim Wendel on Twitter @KimWendel


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment