I have been meaning to link to this wonderful SCOTUSBlog piece, in which courtroom sketch artist Art Lien captures attorneys conducting this past fall’s Supreme Court oral arguments from their home offices. The images alone give you an incredible glimpse into the variety of styles and philosophies. Some attorneys, dressed to the nines, stand at a podium in front of pristine surroundings. Others wear jeans and hoodies at their desks, surrounded by overflowing stacks of paper.
I always remind my Civil Procedure students that law school demands some sort of professional conformity, but that within those bounds they should never lose sight of their individual passions, personalities, and styles. These sketches are a terrific example of how confidence in your own style and successful lawyering can go hand-in-hand.