Chief Justice Reiber swore in 52 new admittees (admitted within the last year) before the Vermont Supreme Court, the Board of Bar Examiners and guests in the House Chamber at the Statehouse yesterday. The Chief gave an inspiring speech encouraging the new lawyers to use their gifts and talents to not only uphold the Constitution and the Rule of Law but to contribute to the public good as public citizens. He encouraged local community involvement as well as a focus on individual wellness. As a parting note, the Chief recommended that the new admittees save a bottom drawer in their desks for thank you notes from clients which will serve as future inspiration and a reminder of the reason they chose law in the first place — to help people.
The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by the Vermont Bar Association. The VBA executive director and staff were on hand to congratulate the new admittees and talk about Vermont practice over cookies and cider. Flyers demonstrating the benefits of VBA membership, of belonging to the Lawyer Referral Service panel, of joining low bono and pro bono panels and projects and of attending upcoming VBA CLE’s were also on hand. Other goodies included pocket constitutions, courtesy copies of the most recent Vermont Bar Journal and VBA logo trinkets such as notepads, tissues and lip balm.
As the below pictures demonstrate, a good time was had by all the attendees. Welcome to all Vermont’s new lawyers! We hope to see you soon.
|The Court enters|
|The Chief also specifically recognized the admitee-baby.|
|Members of the Supreme Court met with the admittees at the reception|