What to wear to a Social Security hearing?

What to wear to a hearing in front of a Social Security Administrative Law Judge? A blog entry on fashion?  I always try to discuss what clothing to wear with my clients prior to their hearing.  Invariably they bring it up during our pre-hearing meeting.  It is important topic because the hearing is the only time that a Judge will see the claimant in person (or on video).  The Judge will be making a determination about the claimant’s credibility and to some extent, that decision is subjective in nature. 


An Administrative hearing is not as formal as a hearing in a federal district court, but it is a tribunal nonetheless.  I believe it is important to dress in proper attire that shows respect to the Judge.  It is not necessary to wear a suit and tie, but it is not acceptable to go in wearing jeans with holes and a t-shirt.  A claimant should dress comfortably in clothes that show a neat appearance.  This does not diminish a claimant’s claim that he or she is disabled.  It shows that the claimant cares about the hearing and knows that a Judge will be making an important decision about them.

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California Immigration lawyer and disability lawyer with offices in Benicia and San Francisco. For more information, check out my website: gerikahn.com.
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