“I didn’t know I could be this happy,” said Jonathan R. Canlobo ’15 moments before he took the Oath of Professional Conduct with nearly 70 of his fellow classmates who passed the July bar exam.
California Western School of Law’s newest attorneys were honored at a breakfast reception with their family and friends on December 1 before they were formally sworn in to the California and federal bars.
“You came in as a graduate and you will leave as a lawyer,” said Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia ’74, a judge with the U.S. District Court in San Diego. “Now you can run down to the courthouse and represent a client.”
“I actually can go to court now, said Brett M. Gunther ’15, who says it didn’t hit him that he was really a lawyer until he heard Judge Battaglia say those words.
“This means the world to me,” said Cynthia Rodriguez Rosales ’15. “I have always wanted to be a lawyer.” And she is doing exactly what she wants to do as a lawyer—Rodriguez Rosales has a position with Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles representing physicians.
“You can do anything you want with this degree,” California Western Trustee Mark P. Mandell ’77 told the new lawyers. “My advice is to talk less and listen more. That will enable you to better craft solutions to help your clients.”
All of the new lawyers worked hard to get to this day and it has paid off.
Marko Radisavljevic ‘15 is among the graduates who have lined up positions. He’ll be practicing intellectual property law with Landay Roberts, an area where he gained invaluable hands-on experience working in two different California Western legal clinics. “This is a great culmination of many years of hard work,” he said.
Another graduate, Barry M. Rodich ’15 will also be doing exactly what he wants to do—working at the Lesley Feldman firm in Los Angeles practicing employment and worker’s compensation law.
“This has been an incredible journey,” said Steven L. Aicher ‘15, who attended the reception with his wife and two young sons. “Now I can spend more time with my family.”
For so many, today was a dream come true.
“Congratulations to all of you who passed the bar,” said California Western President and Dean Niels B. Schaumann to the graduates who attended. “We look forward to celebrating many happy moments with you through your careers.”
Before he administered the oath, Judge Battaglia told the new lawyers, “This is your profession now. Honor it. Respect it and cherish it.”
Congratulations from everyone at California Western.