In the discussion about Peter Barta, the Legal Aid lawyer who allegedly made secret videotapes of his female colleagues getting dressed in the office, one question keeps coming up, again and again.
This comment is representative:
“[C]an someone explain why people are getting dressed/undressed at the Legal Aid office in the first place?”
We were curious ourselves. So we undertook an ATL investigation, contacting a few sources with firsthand knowledge.
If you’re curious, the results of our investigation appear after the jump.
So here’s what we learned about the fashion habits of Legal Aid Society lawyers:
1. Legal Aid lawyers who do criminal defense work, like Peter Barta and his colleagues, are in court constantly. When they’re in court, they dress in appropriate attire (“usually — but not always, sadly”).
2. They don’t wear their court attire when coming into the office or “in the field,” investigating their own cases. Fieldwork involves going to crime scenes, interviewing complainants, and tracking down witnesses. When doing these activities, it is helpful not to look like “The Man.”
3. As a result, changing in the office is a regular and even frequent occurrence. The typical Legal Aid lawyer leaves her work wardrobe hanging on the back of the office door.
But one aspect of the investigation remains unsolved. How did Peter Barta get footage of exposed breasts and buttocks, as opposed to just a litigatrix in her undergarments? In the words of another commenter:
Again [what's up] with the “bare breasts and buttocks” — are you telling me that female legal aid lawyers get buck naked in their offices before trial and are thereafter going commando to court on a regular basis??? Or do they put on special underwear for litigation?
Even our sources are stymied:
To be totally honest, why one would dispense with skivvies is unclear. Changing into a sports bra to jog home? Trying to avoid the dreaded “pantyline,” while slipping into a form-fitting pair of trousers?
I’m grasping at straws here….
Okay, enough speculation. If you have actual knowledge of why Legal Aid lawyers are stripping down to their birthday suits in the office, we’d like to hear from you, by email (subject line: “Naked Legal Aid Lawyers”). Thanks.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Peter Barta (scroll down)