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News Posted on December 6, 2011

Class of 2011 Celebrates 2011 Swearing-In Ceremony

Swearing-In Ceremony

Members of the UC Davis School of Law Class of 2011 returned to King Hall on December 2 to celebrate passing the July 2011 California State Bar Examination and participate in a Swearing-In Ceremony featuring Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Associate Justice Rebecca Wiseman '80 of the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of the Eastern District of California, and King Hall Alumni Association President John Schick '72.

More than 200 class members, family, and friends attended the ceremony and reception that followed.  Photos of the ceremony may be viewed by following this link:

Photo gallery from the 2011 Swearing-In Ceremony

"We're extremely proud of you here at UC Davis School of Law and we know that you all have great legal careers ahead of you," Dean Johnson said in his welcoming remarks.  "Today, you are being fully recognized as practicing lawyers and professionals in all respects.  Congratulations on this wonderful achievement."

Justice Wiseman congratulated the members of the Class of 2011 on "holding a JD from one of the finest law schools in the United States" and offered some advice for success in difficult economic times before she administered the State Oath.  She encouraged them to consider developing a niche practice in an area of special interest, "try new things" even if they seem unconnected to traditional notions of career progress, and "take pride in what you do," making sure to always do outstanding work regardless of the circumstances. 

"Hard times can be valuable," Justice Wiseman said.  "Without hard times, you might choose an easy path rather than the path you're destined to take."

In her remarks before administering the Federal District Oath, Judge Mueller also had praise and advice for the Class of 2011 members.  "As you hone your skills as professionals, always remember the great power you have to help people in our society," she said, urging them to consider taking on pro bono cases as a means of gaining experience.

John Schick closed out the ceremony with brief remarks welcoming the Class of 2011 to the King Hall Alumni Association.  He encouraged the new attorneys to get involved in the Alumni Association and to return to King Hall as volunteers to share their knowledge and experience with students.  A reception in King Hall's new east wing followed the ceremony.

Swearing-In Ceremony video