One hundred and three McGeorge graduates were sworn in as members of the State Bar of California and the federal bar on Dec. 3, 2012, in front of a packed house of more than 300 family, friends and faculty members in the Lecture Hall.
The newly minted attorneys were part of a larger group (189) of McGeorge graduates who passed the July 2012 state bar examination, the results of which were released in late November. Many recent graduates who were unable to attend took their oaths in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities throughout the state.
Dean Francis J. Mootz III congratulated the honored attendees on clearing their final hurdle to entering the legal profession. "We are very proud of all of you here today," he said. "Take seriously your role as a guardian of justice, and remember your law school is here to support you on the rest of your journey."
Justice Ronald Robie, '67, of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, and Judge Morrison England, '83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, officiated at the event and offered words of advice to the new lawyers. June Coleman, '97, the president of the Sacramento Bar Association, encouraged the participants to take advantage of all available networking resources.
'Use your education wisely and in a way that will bring credit on you and your profession," Robie said. "Integrity, service and civility will be the keys to your success."
England recalled administering an oath of profession to the recent graduates when they entered McGeorge three years ago. "Now you have an even more solemn oath to uphold," he said.