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Alumni CLE Series: Unraveling the Mystery of the Legal Dress Code
Start Date: 6/24/2019Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 6/24/2019End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:

Unraveling the Mystery of the Legal Dress Code

June 24, 2019
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

12:00-1:00

Lecture                                                               

Law schools tend to give blithe advice to students about what to wear. The most common among these is “wear what you’d wear if you were going to court.” That explanation only works if students already know what people wear to court.

That explanation also ignores issues of diversity, class, and practice areas.

For example, gender-nonconforming people face specific issues of conforming to legal wear if their expression of gender does not align with traditional gender expressions, People that come from a background of poverty or are first-generation college/graduate school may not have the money to buy a suit when they are starting out. Finally, one’s practice area may also dictate what one wears, and be more or less formal.

This CLE will discuss how to unravel the “code” of legal dress in a way that doesn’t ask practitioners – or students – to set aside their sense of self.

Presenter Biographies

Lisa Needham, Assistant Director, Lawyering

Lisa Needham is the assistant director of the Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and an assistant professor of legal writing. She also teaches in the school’s appellate advocacy courses. Before joining Mitchell Hamline as an assistant director, Professor Needham taught as an adjunct professor in the school’s legal writing program for several years.

Upon graduation from William Mitchell College of Law, Ms. Needham clerked for then-Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She also practiced in public sector law as an Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney specializing in data practices and election law. Subsequently, as a lawyer at the Minnesota Department of Education, she oversaw regulation of charter schools and K-12 online learning.

Ms. Needham also works as an editor and writer focusing on law practice management technology, diversity in the law, access to justice, and topics of particular interest to solo and small firm lawyers.

Steve Aggergaard, Assistant Director, Lawyering

Steve Aggergaard is the assistant director of the Lawyering: Advice and Persuasion program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and an assistant professor of legal writing. Mr. Aggergaard joined Mitchell Hamline in 2017 after working more than ten years as a litigation and appellate attorney at the Bassford Remele and Rider Bennett law firms in Minneapolis. He was Editor-in-Chief of the William Mitchell Law Review and a judicial law clerk for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sam Hanson ’65 and United States District Judge Paul A. Magnuson ’63.

Steve was a newspaper journalist before becoming a lawyer and has taught journalism at Augsburg University. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Publications Committee since 2005 and its chair since 2016.

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Location Information:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law - *Main Campus  (View Map)
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-227-9171
Room: 219
Contact Information:
Name: Allison Burke
Email: allison.burke@mitchellhamline.edu

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