This day was a joyous culmination of everything a law school graduate has worked toward.
It was the day they raised their right hands and took the Oath of Professional Conduct and were sworn into the California and federal bars. It was the day they became lawyers.
"It's been a life goal for me, so I feel really happy," said Adam A. Freeman '14, who is working as a corporate in-house counsel.
"This has been a dream of mine since was a teenager," said Cassandra C. Borjon '14, who is doing private criminal defense work. "All that work has paid off."
Hard work, indeed.
"You have shown your academic mettle," said California Western Board of Trustees Chairman Jeffrey D. Lewin '75, at a special breakfast for the new lawyers on June 4 at the Marriott Marquis Marina hotel. "You have graduated from a demanding law school and you have passed the most difficult bar exam in the United States."
"Once again, you have outperformed the statewide average for California schools and brought distinction to yourselves and our school," said President and Dean Niels B. Schaumann, as he congratulated the new lawyers. "We've been with you, rooting you on for each step of your law school journey. We look forward to watching you build rewarding careers and serve your communities."
For Erik N. Weber '15, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, it was a day when he exceeded a lot of people's expectations—but not his own.
"It feels really exhilarating and humbling at the same time too," said Weber. "It's really great to be able to start practicing special education law to help others like me exceed expectations."
Some recent graduates, like Mehry L. Mohseni '15, reflected on the positive experience they had at California Western.
"I met a lot of great people, made a lot of great friends, and I loved all of my professors," said Moheni, who is doing contract work with a family law firm. "Also, the people in the Career and Professional Development Office were great—they were always so kind and responsive.
After Professor Roberta K. Thyfault administered the Oath of Professional Conduct to the more than 30 alumni, she told them to "go out and make us all very proud."
California Western congratulates all of the alumni who passed the bar exam in California and other states.