On Friday, welcoming new Indiana attorneys, Chief Justice Loretta Rush said the class represented some of the first series of the state’s legal profession: they were the first in a two-year ceremony and the first to take on the uniform. Bar review.
Notes from state appeals and federal court officials reminded new attorneys that legal practices began to be practiced even at a time of dynamic change. Speakers stressed that the rule of law and lawyers play an important role in guarding the judiciary and guarding American institutions.
Edward Najam Jr. A judge at the Indiana Court of Appeals told admissions that 49 years ago he was almost admitted to the Indiana bar the same day. Now, when they were starting their legal career on the line of a playground, he was 80 yards from the field and in the red zone.
However, like previous attorneys, new attorneys have a duty not only to future clients, but also to care for, protect, and defend the nation’s Constitution and laws.
“The integrity of the legal process is based on the integrity of the lawyers. And your oath requires a commitment to objective truth,” Najam said. “Truth is not subjective or relative. Courts deal with facts, not fiction. Thus, our state and federal courts have consistently rejected so-called alternative facts and upheld the basic principle that in law, in law, truth is only objective. … Respect for the truth is essential to the health and fundamental value of the legal profession and is essential to the preservation of the rule of law and our constitutional democracy. “
In another first, the ceremony was taking place on the same day that Judge Derek Molter began in Indianago Court of Appeal. All the newcomers and those who attended the event congratulated Molter with a round of applause.
It was a pre-approval ceremony since October 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to virtually hold events in May 2020 and October 2021 and October 2020. However, the coronavirus had an effect on the celebration, as all those present had to wear masks and then no reception was given.
As in the past, the October 2021 acceptance ceremony was held at the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The new admissions were sitting in the front, with family and friends filling the chairs behind them.
Shelice Tolbert, chair of the Indian Law Commission’s examiners, reported that 300 passed the bar on July 27 and 28. Applicants for admission are of good moral character and suitability and have met the requirements to practice law in the state of Indiana.
Prior to making the motion to approve, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita told the admissions along with their clients that the entire society will benefit legally.
“Our founders created a nation that intended to apply the rule of law equally to all people and you, as a lawyer, will be mandated to guard this sacred tradition,” Indiana’s attorney general said. “So I ask you all to help us preserve America’s freedom for future generations. Please help us keep it focused on achieving true justice and equality for all.”
In keeping with tradition, the two judges who were among the children’s new lawyers were sworn in to join the Indiana Supreme Court. Owen Circuit Judge Lori Thatcher Quillen, Jordan Quillen’s mother, and Wells Chief Judge Andrew Antrim, Jacob Antrimen’s father, took all the admitted together through the oath.
In keeping with the other tradition of the ceremony presented with each new person admitted, South Indiana Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt Judge Tanya Walton Pratt noted the diversity of the new people admitted.
“The opportunity to be an attorney is no longer limited by economic privilege, gender, race, sexual orientation, or age,” Walton Prat said. “… The diversity of our bar makes our profession richer, stronger and more believable. Your individual differences, your intelligence, and your vision coincide with the problems of this time. And our issues are great. “
John Martin of Indiana District Judge opened by offering practical advice to new attorneys.
Martin recounted an incident as a young attorney and the opposing counsel arrived late to court. When he finally arrived, the other lawyer apologized and the judge told him he had a flat tire, and warned, “Well, why don’t you leave it in time for the tire to be flat?”
He then told the admissions that although their professional training so far followed a specific roadmap, their career as a practicing lawyer did not have such a map or instructions. But, he said, that means the sky is the limit.
“You can make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives or you can make a difference in a person’s life,” Martin said. “… We can work in a profession to earn a living, but you can also make a huge difference in people’s lives. Whether you have a single life or you change the whole world as a whole, you are changing a world. “
Judge Steven David gave the final remarks. He reminded the newly admitted that they will never forget where they come from, how many titles or awards they can receive.
“They gave you a new title today,‘ Indiana Lawyer, ’” David told the new admissions. “But each of you already has a name. Each of you is already an individual, no more important than anyone else.
“Remember in the future. … Do not allow a new title or subsequent titles to be damaged. There is a story behind each name. … Your story matters. The owner of your name and your story. “
The event ended with a final nod to tradition, as Rush was asked to stand up for the new ones he accepted, turn around and ask many people who helped him become a lawyer.