MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Bar will welcome more than 300 new members Thursday, Oct. 24, during its fall admission ceremony in Montgomery, bringing the total number of licensed attorneys in Alabama to 18,664.
In total, there are 332 eligible admittees who can participate in the ceremony, which will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The Young Lawyers’ Section of the Alabama State Bar will host the event, and remarks will be given by Alabama State Bar President Christy Crow and The Honorable W. Keith Watkins, Senior United States District Judge of the Middle District of Alabama. Phillip McCallum, executive director of the Alabama State Bar, will make the motion to admit the new members before the oath of office is administered by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker.
“Admission to the bar is an honor that was bestowed upon me 22 years ago, and that was one of the most special days of my life,” said President Crow.
“I hope our new members know that the Alabama State Bar is here for them as they begin this new chapter in their lives, and we will guide them through the excitement and challenges that are ahead. While our duty as lawyers is to represent our clients and educate them on the law, their case and our system of justice, our members should also prioritize their own health and wellness so they can be productive and well-balanced members of the bar and their communities,” Crow added.
The fall admission ceremony celebrates those who pass the July bar exam; another admission ceremony is held each May for those who pass the exam in February.
In July 2019, 486 took the exam, and 298 passed and were certified. Others who will participate in Thursday’s ceremony have been admitted to the bar since the last admission ceremony in May.
To view a detailed breakdown of the July 2019 bar exam statistics, click here.
The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Since 1923, when the Alabama State Bar was created by an act of the legislature, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.
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