December 2, 2011
Scores of recent law school graduates who passed the State Bar of California's July 2011 examination participated in McGeorge's 11th annual Swearing-In Ceremony on Dec. 1, 2011, in the Lecture Hall.
Arthur C. Scotland,'74, the retired presiding judge of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, officiated as the oath of membership was administered for the State Bar. Judge Connie Callahan, '75, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals administered the oath for the federal bar.
Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, who is stepping down in June 2012, welcomed the new bar-passers into the profession for her tenth and final time as the leader of the law school. Eighty-eight of the 171 alumni who passed the recent bar exam were on hand for the formal, but very festive, occasion.
"This has always been my favorite event as dean," Parker said. "We are extremely proud of you and thankful for all the support your loved ones here today have given you. You go forth as leaders and representatives of our law school, and we are still here for you at all times in your career."
Scotland recalled his swearing-in day 37 years ago and described himself as a McGeorge "graduate for life" who is extremely proud of his legal alma mater.
"As a McGeorge alum, you are following in the footsteps of many excellent attorneys and joining an honorable profession dedicated to helping others," Scotland said. "You will uphold the law, but don't let your devotion to the law overrule your devotion to your family and friends. Find the proper balance in your life."
Callahan spoke about her early career in the law with advice that seemed highly applicable to the current difficulties in the legal employment market. "As a graduate of this law school, you are equipped to succeed in the law — never doubt that. But I remember I took the first job offer I got out of law school even though I didn't really want to work in that field. Sometimes you might have to go sideways to eventually get to where you want to go."