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May 18, 2009
New Attorneys Admitted to the Bar in Ceremony at Ohio Theatre

Justice Paul E. Pfeifer congratulates one of the new lawyers at Monday's ceremony.Close to 200 new attorneys who met the challenges of law school, passed the bar exam, and met all other requirements for admission were sworn in today at a ceremony officially admitting them to the bar. Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Paul E. Pfeifer offered remarks at the ceremony, which took place during a special session of the Supreme Court at the historic Ohio Theatre.

“Today is a time for each of you to be justifiably proud of your accomplishment,” Justice Pfeifer said. “Try to never forget what it was that motivated you to study law. Never underestimate your ability, and never underestimate your opportunity to help others.”

Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger administered the oath to the new attorneys.

Michael P. Morrison, chairman of the Board of Bar Examiners, presented a motion to admit the successful applicants. Also present at the ceremony were Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justices Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Maureen O’Connor, Terrence O’Donnell and Robert R. Cupp.

Alan C. Michaels, dean of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, and Gary J. Leppla, president of the Ohio State Bar Association, also offered remarks.

“As we welcome the newest members of our profession, all the law schools take special pride in the critical public purpose of lawyers,” said Dean Michaels. “Through our legal system, these young lawyers will shape the future of Ohio – its politics, its economy and its sense of justice.”

OSBA President Leppla encouraged new attorneys to “talk shop” with experienced attorneys who are always eager to share. “The OSBA is their partner in practice as well,” he said. “It will be a pleasure to see these new lawyers put their legal expertise to work for their clients and for our society. Regardless of the career path they choose within this wonderful profession, they should always give back … to mentor, volunteer and contribute … and lead by example for their colleagues, their friends and their families.”

The attorneys sworn in today passed the February 2009 bar examination and satisfied all of the Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission. Overall, 237 applicants out of 387 (61.2 percent) received passing scores while 77.3 percent of the 225 first-time applicants received passing scores. There were 194 applicants who participated in today’s ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the attorneys were encouraged to visit the Ohio Judicial Center, including the Supreme Court Courtroom and the Law Library.

The bar exam is administered by the Supreme Court, which regulates the practice of law in Ohio, including the admission of new attorneys, the biennial registration of current attorneys, attorney discipline in cases of misconduct, and the administration of continuing legal education.

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