Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
June 7, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
KU Law alumni will gather in Washington, D.C., to become members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in open court on June 7, 2021. This memorable experience is available for up to 25 KU Law alumni.
Applicants must be a member of a state bar association and in good standing for at least three years.
Applications for the June 2021 ceremony will open in late fall of 2020. Please check back for additional details at that time.
Participating alumni will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodations, plus a $100 participation fee, which will include two receptions and breakfast. Each participant is allowed one guest inside the courtroom. Forms and instructions for admission are located on the U.S. Supreme Court website.
The application requires two sponsors who are members of the Supreme Court bar. If you don’t know any members who can sponsor you, don't worry. A number of KU Law faculty are members of the Supreme Court Bar, including Professors Lucas, McAllister, Mulligan and Valdez. Any of them will be both pleased and proud to sign your application as a sponsor.
A 'magnificent' experience
Professor Stephen McAllister, L'88
Shorten your bucket list by joining us for an extraordinary weekend this June in Washington, D.C.
This unique opportunity involves appearing in the magnificent courtroom that morning in front of all of the justices, as well as an opportunity to meet one or more justices following the ceremony.
The morning begins with our group gathering inside the Supreme Court, where you will be assisted and guided by members of the KU Law family, as well as staff of the Supreme Court. I will move the admission of the KU Law group in the courtroom that morning.
As added highlights, you and your guests will be seated in the courtroom before the court convenes, and you will have the opportunity to watch and listen as the justices announce from the bench decisions of the court prior to the admission ceremony. Then, once the admissions ceremony begins, you will hear your name called as I move your admissions one-by-one, you will stand as the justices look at you, and once the entire KU Law group is announced, the chief justice will formally grant the motion for admission. Once all admissions are completed, you will stand again, the clerk of the court will administer the oath of office, and the chief justice will officially welcome you as new members of the bar.
But that is not the end of a wonderful day! Once the court adjourns, the KU Law group will move to a room inside the court where most likely the chief justice and at least one other justice will stop by to greet, welcome, and visit with the admittees and their guests. In recent years, the chief justice has visited our group after the ceremony each time, and other justices — including Justice Sotomayor, Justice Ginsburg, and Justice Thomas — have stopped by to welcome and visit with our group. Generally, we have taken a group photo with any and all justices who stop by the KU Law room.
The court itself will eventually send you a certificate of your membership in the Supreme Court Bar (these look great in your office once framed). KU Law also will host an event just for admittees and their guests the evening of Sunday, June 10, and you and your guests will also be invited to a reception for all D.C.-area KU Law alumni on the evening of Monday, June 11.
2018 Swearing-In Ceremony
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2016 Swearing-In Ceremony
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2014 Swearing-In Ceremony
2012 Swearing-In Ceremony
On June 10-11, 2012, 17 KU Law alumni were sworn in before the Supreme Court of the United States, sharing the experience with friends and family. In the slideshow below, Heather Bussing, L'87, Mauricio Uribe, L'98, Heiko Heppner, L'08, and Robin Webb, L'95, recount the event. Black-and-white photos courtesy of Heather Bussing.