The College of Law hosted its 21st annual Swearing-In Ceremony on Nov. 15. Held in the college’s ceremonial courtroom, graduates who have passed the bar can be sworn into the Georgia Superior Court, Court of Appeals and/or the Supreme Court of Georgia during the event.
Georgia State is the only school in Georgia where students can be sworn into all three courts. The ceremonial court room was filled with family, friends and faculty eager to see the 99 alumni take their oath.
Judge Shawn LaGrua (J.D. ’89) administered the oath for the Superior Court. In her remarks to the newly minted attorneys, she encouraged them to do what makes them happy, practice law with integrity and make a difference in their communities. Jeffrey Davis (J.D. ’91), executive director of the State Bar of Georgia re-emphasized the message, noting that there are 50,000 attorneys in the state. He stated “your reputation is your currency, so keep your shine on.”
Judge Clyde Reese (B.A. ’80) administered the oaths for the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia. He reflected on the importance of paying it forward.
“Give young people an opportunity, that’s what I’ve always tried to do.” he said. “I was once in that position and somebody had to give me a chance. That’s incumbent upon all of us, to reach back and help people the same way we were helped.”
View a complete list of graduates who participated in the ceremony below:
Luiz De Oliveira Santos
Michael Freeman Jr.
Roland Turner Jr.
Holly van den Toorn
Mariana Frantzezos Kotzias Tuleski