Lawyers e-Journal

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007
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SJC Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy addresses new attorneys from the podium of the Great Hall.

MBA officers participate in biannual swearing-in ceremonies

This week, Massachusetts Bar Association officers are participating in the swearing-in ceremonies of approximately 1,500 new attorneys at Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall.

The ceremonies are held twice annually, in December and June, and are actual sessions of the court presided over by a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and conducted by Maura S. Doyle, clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

This month’s ceremonies, ranging over a four-day period from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, revolve around applicants who received official result letters from the July 2007 bar examination. Individuals who passed both the written and character portions of the exam received notification of their success in early November.

According to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, of the 1,909 first-time bar examination takers, 1,690 – an impressive 88.5 percent – passed this year’s exam. The percentage is down only slightly from the 88.9 percent (or 1,659) who passed the July 2006 exam.

This week, MBA President David W. White Jr., President-elect Edward W. McIntyre and Secretary Robert J. Holloway Jr. attended ceremonies and offered opening remarks in conjunction with Boston Bar Association officers.

The ceremony officially commences with a motion made by the Board of Bar Examiners to admit new attorneys to the bar. Additional ceremony components include the administration of oaths by Doyle and concluding remarks by the presiding justice.

The official ceremony is complete after participating new attorneys sign the Roll of Attorneys and are presented their licenses, enabling them to begin immediate practice as a Massachusetts attorney.

There are an additional two ceremonies scheduled in Springfield on Dec. 7.

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