Taking the Oath

Swearing-in ceremony welcomes hundreds of new attorneys to Colorado Bar

The Colorado Bar held its twice-yearly swearing-in ceremony Oct. 30 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver with Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice leading the inductees in taking their oath. Colorado Bar Association President Dick Gast, Chief Judge Marcia Krieger of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and Senior Judge Wiley Daniel all took the podium to congratulate the inductees and offer pieces of advice.

“There are no perfect jobs,” Krieger said, echoing a New York Times story containing advice from CEOs around the U.S. “But there are jobs you can make perfect.” She told the class of new bar inductees that they can take advantage of any job they find themselves in to learn and grow.

Gast spoke about the importance of forging relationships in the legal field, especially because an attorney’s opposing counsel in a case may be someone he or she needs help from down the road.

Daniel, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, talked about the importance of self-confidence to doing well in a competitive job market. He presented the new inductees with a list of “dos” and “don’ts,” ranging from attorney ethics to having passion for the profession. Daniel closed his remarks by quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, urging the inductees to leave the world better than they’ve found it.

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