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.
Click here to view pictures from the 1st District Admission Ceremony