Supreme Court justice administers oath to eight students
Public Relations - Published: September 9, 2008

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Dean Linda L. Ammons spoke to the group before they took the oath.

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Law students recited the oath together.

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Student inductees, standing from left included Juliette E. Lewis, Christopher C. Cooper, Karen E. Palazzo, Sara L. McGeever, Ozge Otarsi, Tracy L. Pearson, Andrew K. Fabian and Jennifer N. Bergin. Seated from left are Professor Janine Howard O'Rangers, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland, Law Dean Linda L. Ammons and Law Professor Dana Harrington Conner.

Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland recently presided over a special session of the court on the Delaware campus, where he administered an oath that admitted eight Widener students to the limited practice of law.

The students were admitted under a special rule that allows them to appear in some Delaware courts under very stringent guidelines. The students were admitted in relation to their work in the Delaware Civil Clinic at Widener. They will largely be representing clients who are victims of domestic violence, who also need assistance with child custody and visitation issues.

“This is a very important moment in your fledgling legal career,” Holland told the group, explaining people they encounter in court will not see the “limited practice” aspect of their admission. “No one is going to be looking at you as a law student. They are going to be looking at you as a lawyer, so you need to think of yourself like an officer of the court.”

The Delaware bar has admitted attorneys since 1676, and has a running total of about 4,000 members, Holland said. Comparing that to the more than 8,000 attorneys the New York bar admits each year, he told the students they have joined an exclusive group. He encouraged them to be humble servants of the public who use respectful language and treat their legal adversaries with civility.

“You are personifying justice,” he said.

Professor Janine Howard O’Rangers, who supervises the Delaware Civil Clinic with Professor Dana Harrington Conner, moved the students’ admissions to the limited practice of law. Law Dean Linda L. Ammons attended the Sept. 8 swearing in ceremony and also spoke. She told the students they were crossing an important threshold and she encouraged them to “go the extra mile.”

“You’ll be representing not only your clients, but you’ll be representing Widener Law,” she said.

Students who took the oath included:
  • Juliette E. Lewis
  • Christopher C. Cooper
  • Karen E. Palazzo
  • Sara L. McGeever
  • Ozge Otarsi
  • Tracy L. Pearson
  • Andrew K. Fabian
  • Jennifer N. Bergin