McGeorge School of Law

Scotland, Callahan Swear In 97 New Attorneys

December 3, 2010

Justice Arthur Scotland and Judge Connie Callahan pose with the Pacific McGeorge graduates

Justice Arthur Scotland and Judge Connie Callahan, front row, pose with the McGeorge graduates whom they swore in as members of the state and federal bars on December 1, 2010, in the law school lecture hall.

Ninety-seven McGeorge graduates were sworn in as members of the State Bar of California and the federal bar on December 1, 2010, before a two-deep, standing-room only crowd of more than 230 family, friends and faculty members.

The newly minted attorneys were part of a larger group (194) of McGeorge graduates who passed the July 2010 state bar examination, the results of which were released in late November. Many others took their oaths in other parts of the state. Class of 2010 members also passed bar exams in several other states.

Justice Arthur C Scotland, '74, who is retiring as presiding justice of the Third Appellate District, and Judge Connie Callahan, '75, of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, officiated at the event and delivered welcoming remarks.

"Today, you join a noble profession whose mission is to serve the public," said Scotland. "You'll begin building you own reputation in it immediately. Remember civility, professionalism, and ethics are your path to success."

Callahan praised Scotland's community service on-and-off the bench and called him a role model for young attorneys and echoed his advice. "We are so blessed to live in this country, a country which depends on you as guarantors of the rule of law," she said. "The rule of law is the beacon that should guide you."