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Bar Ceremony Filled with Oaths, Humor and Inspirational Advice

Photo of students swearing inWith family and friends proudly looking on, 160 recent Boalt graduates returned to Booth Auditorium on December 3 to be sworn in as the newest members of the State Bar of California.

In what has become an annual tradition at the law school, the admissions ceremony was marked by solemn oaths, humor, inspirational advice-and the occasional babbling of babies.

"You're coming together with your classmates to celebrate this special moment," said a joyous Kim Cameron-Smith '04, who came with her husband, Philip, and their 17-month-old daughter, Claire.

Justice Kathryn Werdegar '62 of the California Supreme Court, Judge Thelton Henderson '62 of the U.S. District Court, Northern District, and Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, administered court oaths. Adam Sachs '86, president-elect of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association, delivered welcoming remarks.

View a photo display of the ceremony and reception.

Serving as master of ceremonies for Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., who was out of town on university business, Professor Robert Berring, Jr., '74 congratulated the graduates and drew appreciative applause when, paraphrasing the wisdom of Homer Simpson, he remarked, "You can stick a fork in them, Bob, they're done."

This marked the third year that Boalt has hosted the admissions ceremony for graduates who passed the July bar exam, offering a more intimate alternative to the mass swearing-in events staged in large auditoriums.

"This is more exciting than graduation," observed Caren Sencer '04, who attended the ceremony with four out-of-town relatives, her aunt, parents and grandmother. After the ceremony, the newly admitted attorneys and their guests celebrated the milestone at a reception also held at Boalt.

Judge James Marchiano '69 of the 1st Court of Appeal administered the oath earlier in the week to hundreds of new attorneys at the Oakland Convention Center and had initially hoped that his daughter, Karen '04, would be in attendance. Karen opted instead to attend the Boalt ceremony. "This is very nice," Judge Marchiano said. "It helps build up the Boalt family spirit."







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