Prior to 2001, swearing in ceremonies took place in judicial
district courthouses across the state, some in jury assembly
rooms, others in courtrooms. Too often those ceremonies were
scheduled around a superior court judge's busy docket and were,
of necessity, completed expeditiously, without a great deal of
fanfare. A couple of years ago, at the suggestion of Justice
Zarella, a more impressive statewide admission ceremony to
underscore the importance of this day was inaugurated. The new
process has been welcomed by both the judiciary and the bar as a
most appropriate and fitting entrance for new attorneys into our
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank
the Bar Examining Committee for their accommodation in managing
the procedure by which you were all notified of the admission
ceremony, and in assisting us in the process by which you will
be registered as attorneys.
I would also like to thank the state and local bar associations,
especially the Hartford county bar association and Jan Ambruso,
who is coordinating the efforts, for hosting the reception that
will follow this ceremony.
Finally, Justice Zarella and the Judicial Branch members of his
team - the staff of the clerk's office, the External Affairs
division, the Facilities Unit, the Bar Examining Committee, the
Supreme Court, our reporters and marshals - all worked
diligently with the outstanding staff of the Bushnell to make
our undertaking so successful.
Today is an exceptional day. For you, the candidates, it is the
culmination of years of study, as well as financial, and often
personal, sacrifice. This is truly your day and we congratulate
you for your perseverance in negotiating every turn in the road.
And now, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Justice Peter
Zarella who will give the address on behalf of the court.