More than 240 family members and friends turned out Dec. 1 to celebrate and observe the swearing-in of La Verne Law graduates who passed the California State Bar Exam administered in July of 2011.
The special Swearing-In Ceremony for new attorneys was held in the Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center at the University of La Verne main campus. The Honorable David T. Bristow administered the attorney’s oath for the United States District Court, and The Honorable Steven T. Blades administered the oath of the State Bar of California. A total of 57 students passed the bar, 49 of them first-time takers.
University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman, also in attendance, expressed her respect to all La Verne Law graduates who sat for the exam. “California is known as having one of the nation’s most rigorous bar exams, and the personal dedication and determination required to take up that challenge is great,” she said. “Passing the bar is a significant achievement and I am especially proud of all those who succeeded.”
July 2011 bar passers were: Maria Ajemian, Andres Alatorre, Angelica Arteaga, Amber Ashby, Bhairavi Asher, Blake Baron, Katalina Baumann, Danny Benavides, Christopher Blanchard, Mario Botkin, Caycie Bradford, Candice Brenner, Taylor Bristol, Ernest Cardenas, Elaine Carlos, Jeffrey Carman, Richard Case, Chris Cawlfield, Virginia Clinkenbeard, David Collins, Angela Dailey, Robert D’Ausilio, Christopher Davis, Michael De La Garza, Katelyn Durment, Ali Farzin, Ali Fathi, Cory Freberg, Erick Garcia Hernandez, Crista Haynes, Adam Hussein, Arman Khoshnood, Andrew Kim, Alex Lester, Kristin Libby, Iliana Madrigal, Evan Merat, Andrew Morand, Joseph Nakos, Tobias Nicholson, Artashes Oganesian, Jorge Pineda, Eric Rasmussen, Bisan Shehadeh, Sevag Simonian, Sako Sirmabekian, Kyle Stewart, Scott Stotz, Dina Suliman, Jonathan Tigeri, Diana Tsow, Aaron Tunison, Eric Tweten, Ana Luz Vazquez, Fredrik Whitley and Shannon Whitman.
La Verne Law students took part in a “meet and greet” with their mentors as part of a special Mentor Reception hosted Jan. 26 at the law school.
The Mentor Program allows experienced attorneys to offer their guidance to law students who are interested in the mentor attorney’s area of practice. Mentors and students meet with each other once or twice a month from January through April. Suggested activities include coffee, attending a bar association event together, or shadowing the attorney on the job. For more information, contact the Career Services and Professional Development Office at 909-460-2016.