December 4, 2009
McGeorge graduates who passed the State Bar of California's July 2009 examination were sworn in to the state and federal bars on December 1, 2009, before an overflow crowd of happy family and friends in the law school's lecture hall.
Eighty-six new attorneys, out of the law school's 181 passers statewide, were on hand to raise their right hands and be welcomed into the profession. Arthur C. Scotland, '74, the presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, and Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., '83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, welcomed the new admittees into the profession.
"You have been empowered to change the world in which we live," Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker told the new lawyers. "You have become leaders, and you will be at the core of what makes our law school so special - its responsibility and commitment to the rule of law and to the profession."
"You're joining an honorable profession with a noble tradition of serving others," Justice Scotland said. "Today, you begin to develop your reputation as a lawyer. Don't have a win-at-all-cost attitude. Maintain integrity and respect for opposing counsel and party. You'll be better for it in the long run, and so won't the legal profession."
"Civility in our profession is paramount," echoed Judge England. "Strive for it at all times and never be afraid to ask questions of your legal colleagues. You have a wonderful network of McGeorge alumni out there and that's a tremendous resource as you begin your career."
Deena Fawcett, the clerk of the Third Appellate District, issued bar cards and numbers for each of the admittees after the ceremony. A reception for graduates, family and friends followed. Many other May 2009 graduates who will practice in other parts of the state participated in swearing-in events at other locales.