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U.S. Supreme Court Swearing In Ceremony 2018

 

 

 

By Erin H. Christy, Esq.

Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, P.A.

 

The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association has always provided a path for Sarasota lawyers to network, volunteer, and gain practice pointers through CLEs.  These local opportunities are crucial to our growing practices and to our professional development.  However, during my year as President-Elect, I realized that we can get so caught up in the daily grind of business development and billable hours that we sometimes lose sight of our role in a great judicial system and history of professionalism.  I knew I wanted to recapture the importance of our profession in my role as YLD President and enlisted the help of a tremendous committee to plan a swearing in ceremony at the United States Supreme Court for members of the Sarasota County Bar Association.

 

Admittees and their families were treated to a breathtaking welcome reception Saturday evening hosted by Maglio, Christopher, and Toale and the Community Foundation of Sarasota CountyJennifer and Altom Maglio made a special trip to the Washington, D.C. office to open up a rooftop venue for sweeping views of the National Mall. Guests were able to enjoy the view with their families while getting to know other members of the Sarasota County Bar Association and discussing their excitement for Monday’s swearing-in.  That evening guests walked to local restaurants, took night tours of the monuments, and some (me included!) took the opportunity of being in a larger market to view the recently released RBG, a documentary exploring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career in anticipation of meeting her in just a few short days.

 

Monday morning members of the SCBA greeted each other on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, captured photos, and waited patiently (anxiously?) to be escorted to the Lawyer’s Lounge, a private lounge usually reserved only for members of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. From there, we were greeted and guided to the seats at the front of the courtroom, each admittee silenced by the majesty of the marble columns, red velvet drapes, and great bench that sat before us.

 

“Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this Honorable Court.” We were in for a treat as the Justices read several opinions, including a 6-3 ruling clearing the way for states to legalize sports betting—top news around the country by the time we left the Courtroom.  Following the opinions, President Chip Gaylor was called by Chief Justice Roberts to present candidates for membership to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. If you are like me, you’ve listened to recordings and wondered what it is like to sit in the Courtroom—what I never imagined is how it would feel to have my name called within those walls.  It was an honor to be seated next to those with whom I practice everyday and presented for membership by a man I respect greatly and have loved serving beside this year.

 

With all of this—a beautiful reception, a Sunday Mother’s Day with family, the presence of the Justices before us as we were sworn in—the greatest moment came after the swearing in when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious R.B.G., greeted our small group in the Lawyer’s Lounge and shared with us her congratulations on being admitted to the bar.  She was gracious, serious, and quiet—everything you’d expect from the woman who helped influence the story of equality through her advocacy as an attorney and from the bench.  It was especially meaningful to me this Mother’s Day weekend to have my mother, father, and husband by my side, with my daughter on the way, as we met a woman who fights for equality as she herself fought to balance a family and a career.

 

I will never regret the time spent planning this event and I hope there will be future classes from the Sarasota County Bar Association who take the same opportunity to experience it.

 

A Special Thank You to our Committee Members

Margaret Good assisted in scouting and selecting the historic Mayflower Hotel as home base for the attorneys and their families who made the trip.  Natasha Selvaraj coordinated breakfast in the Lawyer’s Lounge prior to the swearing in ceremony and Caroleen Brej facilitated with a rooftop welcome reception.  Admittees were provided an insider’s guide for places to eat and see by attorney Nick Gard, a recent Sarasota transplant from Washington, D.C.   Holly Lipps, our eternal committee member, helped across the board—it couldn’t have been done without her, her organizational skills, and her tireless attention to detail.  We are fortunate to have incredible, hardworking attorneys in our circuit and I am grateful to these young lawyers, Chip Gaylor, the sponsors, and Holly who made this experience possible!

 

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