49 CUA Law Alumni are Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar
It is a privilege that relatively few lawyers ever get to exercise, but official admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court feels wonderful nonetheless.
On November 16, 2009, 49 alumni from the Columbus School of Law raised their hands and repeated the oath that allows them, should the occasion arise, to someday say “May it please the court” before presenting arguments before the nine justices of America’s highest tribunal.
The occasion is solemn and relaxed at the same time. It draws spectators from far away, such as the family of Nancy Andrade, 1993, whose parents, brother and sister-in-law drove in from Chicago to witness her swearing-in.
Afterwards, they were greeted briefly by Chief Justice John Roberts and posed for a group picture. Then it was back to the law school, where a luncheon in their honor was hosted by Dean Veryl V. Miles.
The dean shared some historical tidbits about the law school’s history with the Supreme Court, including the fact that for a 60-year period between 1880 and 1940, only a dozen American law schools furnished graduates as clerks to the justices. Catholic University’s law school joined those of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, George Washington and a handful of others on the list.