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ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius delivers remarks at the 1st District admission ceremony in Chicago.
ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius delivers remarks at the 1st District admission ceremony in Chicago.
More than 2,100 new attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, October 31 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney's oath at five separate locations.

Justice Charles E. Freeman presided over and administered the attorney's oath at bar admission ceremonies in the First Judicial District on October 31. Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane Theis also participated in the ceremonies.

The group of 1,659 was admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore Drive.

ISBA 2nd Vice President Richard D. Felice (rear, left) is shown with new admittee Stephanie Sainsbury (rear, second from left), her mother and Justinian Society President Gregg Garofalo. Seated at front are Illinois Suprme Court Justices Anne Burke, Charles Freeman and Mary Jane Theis.
ISBA 2nd Vice President Richard D. Felice (rear, left) is shown with new admittee Stephanie Sainsbury (rear, second from left), her mother and Justinian Society President Gregg Garofalo. Seated at front are Illinois Suprme Court Justices Anne Burke, Charles Freeman and Mary Jane Theis.
More than 600 new attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney’s oath at five separate locations.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois state bar examination, an ethics examination, and have been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

The largest group (467) was admitted in the First Judicial District at the Arie Crown Theatre. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman presided, with Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane Theis participating.

Appellate Court Justice Maureen E. Connors from the First Judicial District made the motion to admit the class.

The 668 men and women certified as candidates were sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The other ceremonies included:

More than 600 new attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 9 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney’s oath at five separate locations.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois state bar examination, an ethics examination, and have been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

The largest group, 467, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during ceremonies starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Arie Crown Theatre. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman will preside, with Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane Theis participating.

Appellate Court Justice Maureen E. Connors from the First Judicial District will make the motion to admit the class.

The 668 men and women were certified as candidates and will be sworn in as Illinois attorneys Thursday at ceremonies in the five Supreme Court judicial districts.

Here are the time and locations of Thursday’s ceremonies:

More than 2,100 new attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, November 1 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney’s oath at five separate locations.

More than 600 new attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 10 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court presiding and administering the attorney’s oath at five separate locations.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois state bar examination and an ethics examination, and have been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

The largest group, 406, were admitted in the First Judicial District during ceremonies starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman will preside, with Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane Theis participating.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Howlett made the motion to admit the class. Margaret Benson, executive director of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services,  seconded the motion to admit the class. Other speakers at the event included Chicago Bar Association First Vice President Aurora N. Abella Austriaco and David Badillo, incoming president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar in attendance include James R. Carroll, Lawrence N. Hill and Shelia Kennedy.

The 608 men and women were certified as candidates and were sworn in as Illinois attorneys Thursday at ceremonies in the five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The new attorneys will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 90,700.

Nearly 2,200 new attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, November 10 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney’s oath at five separate locations.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois state bar examination and an ethics examination, and have been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

The largest group, 1,600, were admitted in the First Judicial District during ceremonies starting at the McCormick Place West Skyline Ballroom. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman presided over the ceremony, with Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane Theis participating.

Justice Freeman introduced Cook County Associate Judge Frank B. Castiglione, who made the motion to admit the class.

The Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, retired associate judge, seconded the motion to admit the class.

Illinois State Bar Association President John G. Locallo was one of two bar association presidents to address the class.

The 2,155 men and women were certified as candidates and  were sworn in as Illinois attorneys Thursday at ceremonies in the five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The new attorneys will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 90,200.

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Over 400 new lawyers were sworn-in on Thursday at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

Over 600 new attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 5 with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court administering the attorney's oath at five separate locations.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination, a required ethics examination and have been certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

The largest group, 428, were admitted in the First Judicial District during ceremonies starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the ceremony with Justice Mary Jane Theis participating.

Illinois Appellate Justice Thomas R. Appleton from the Fourth Judicial District made the motion to admit the class and Cook County Associate Judge Brian K. Flaherty will seconded the motion to admit the class.

The 628 men and women were certified as candidates and were sworn in as Illinois attorneys Thursday at ceremonies in the five Supreme Court judicial districts: Justice Robert R. Thomas presided over the Elgin ceremony; Justice Rita B.


White House senior advisor Valeria Jarrett (back row, left) attended the swearing-in of her daughter, Laura,  and friend Anthony Balkissoon. Pictured in the front row are Supreme Court Justices Anne Burke, Charles Freeman and Mary Jane Theis.

More than 2,200 new attorneys were admitted to practice law in Illinois on Thursday with justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the oath at five separate locations.

The largest group, 1,672, was admitted in the First Judicial District at McCormick Place West. New Justice Mary Jane Theis participated in her first admission ceremony with fellow justices Charles E. Freeman and Anne M. Burke.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride presided over the Third Judicial District ceremony in Moline.

ISBA President John O'Brien and 81-year-old new admittee Agnes Prindiville
ISBA President John O'Brien with 81-year-old new admittee Agnes Prindiville

Agnes Prindiville always wanted to be a lawyer. Her father and social norms helped lead her on the path to become a teacher. After a career in the classroom, Prindiville is ready for a new career after being sworn-in with 471 other new admittees Thursday at McCormick Place.

ISBA President John O'Brien, Illinois Native American Bar Association President Matthew Beaudet and University of Chicago Law School Professor Randolph N. Stone addressed the new admittees. Nearly 700 new lawyers were sworn-in around the state, bringing the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to almost 88,000.

Prindiville recently told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that when she was in her 70s, "I had this very latent desire to go to law school to study law."

So she took the LSAT and enrolled at DePaul University as a part-time law student in 2004. Now that she's a licensed attorney, Prindiville isn't planning on racking up any billable hours.

"I don't expect to make a salary," she told the Law Bulletin. "I expect to do things pro bono.

LINCOLN:  OUR ILLINOIS LAWYER - PRESIDENT

By Stuart Lefstein

Justice Kilbride -

Thank you so much for inviting me here today and for your kind introduction.

Justice Lytton, Chief Judge O'Connor, Judge Vespa, Honorable Justices of the Appellate Court, Honorable Judges of the Circuit Court, President O'Brien of the Illinois State Bar Association, and most distinguished honorees - my soon to be fellow Illinois "attorneys and counselors at law" - a phrase that is inscribed on the licenses you will receive today -families of the honorees, friends and other guests:

When Justice Kilbride asked me to say a few words on this occasion, I was delighted to say "yes."  As an old man, I enjoy being in the company of young lawyers.  I also don't say "no" to the Supreme Court, unless it's the correct answer to a question from the bench during oral argument.

But the problem with accepting invitations like this is that when you are up here you have to say something!  What is there left to say to a group of young lawyers who have already sat through commencement speeches at high school, college and most recently, law school graduations?  In the few minutes I have, I doubt if I could be very helpful in telling you how to practice law or handle whatever other employment you might choose.  Also, and sadly, I lack a blueprint for what young lawyers need to do in order to successfully navigate these very difficult economic times.

So I am departing today from the conventional words of wisdom that are usually imparted on occasions like this.

Because you are about to be sworn in as Illinois lawyers, I thought it might be appropriate to briefly reflect on the most revered lawyer that ever practiced in our state - particularly this year - this year because February 12th marked his 200th birthday - so to borrow a line from his most famous speech, "It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."  That speech, of course, was given at Gettysburg 146 years ago this month, and the small town Illinois prairie lawyer who gave it was, as we all know, President Abraham Lincoln.