Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gentlemen and Gentlewomen!

My favorite madlawprofessor Patricia Williams has a fun piece on how the first female Solicitor General Elena Kagan will challenge gender identity. But probably not in the way you’d expect.

This piece did make me remember going to my spouse’s Massachusetts Bar swearing in 2005. It was awe inspiring to be in the midst of the amazing tradition – signing her name in the same book as the founders of this country, being in historic Faneuil Hall, etc. etc. But one thing that just seemed so odd was the Ring Master costume that the Clerk of the Court was wearing for the ceremony. It wasn’t until afterwards that someone explained she was wearing the traditional “morning jacket” associated with her office. Why stop at the jacket? The court might as well still require attorneys to wear wigs, no?

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