So we interviewed some jurors right after the trial--and were told by all but one of them that they were seriously annoyed by some of the sneers, body language, guffaws and antics of the fire-breathing "let's kick some ass" associates and paralegals in the firms helping the plaintiff and the co-defendant in and out of the courtroom. This seemed to happen a lot with two younger lawyers (I knew them both--nice people, usually...) in the same firm who sat together in the court room smirking and cockily approaching counsel's table bearing a note or message with an attitude that said: "take that" and "your sufferings will be legendary, chumps"--that kind of thing. ~ Excerpt from "To Jurors, do your associates and paralegals seem like stone creeps?" (What About Clients?)
If you've never been to a trial, you'll probably read the What About Clients? post and think, "No way is the Steve Urkel effect a consideration in the courtroom, and besides he is just plain adorable."
If you have been to a trial, you'll know that jurors sometimes aren't thinking about what you hope they're thinking about (the trial), and they really are closely scrutinizing the lawyers and their assistants - their demeanor, their clothes, their hair, and heck, even their socks if the distance is too far between trouser hem and shoe - in and out of the courtroom.
Bottom line, paralegals assisting at trial do have to be careful not to be a distraction on many levels. Of course, you don't want to act like a creep, but I honestly never considered The Nerd Factor before.
Since I was Queen of the Nerds in high school, I immediately did a Nerd Self-Check.
Coke bottle glasses? Contacts that correct astigmatism at all times. Even my dog doesn't know what I look like with glasses.
Acne? Replaced by wrinkles
Fuzzy hair? Subdued by way better hair products than we had in the 80s. (Which was none.)
Braces? A dentist recently said I need 'em. Couldn't stop laughing. Got a new dentist.
Suspenders? Fashion casualty of the 80s. Whew.
Orange Tic-Tacs? Yup, me and Paulie Bleeker. But I keep 'em hidden in my purse.
I think I'm officially a Recovering Nerd.
Source: What About Clients?