Spring 2020 Indiana bar admission ceremony to be held online amid COVID-19

New lawyers prepared to take their oaths during the Spring 2020 Indiana Supreme Court Admission Ceremony will have to do so virtually, the high court announced Tuesday.

The admission ceremony will not be held in a traditional brick-and-mortar location, but will instead be livestreamed at 10 a.m. May 5.

Originally scheduled for May 19 in Indianapolis, the bar admission ceremony faced a setback after social distancing measures made the original plan “unrealistic.”

“We agree it is important to expedite our timeline for administering the oath. This is a joyous occasion for the new lawyers and their families, and this remote ceremony is a celebration of their success and potential,” Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in a statement.

New lawyers may still introduce themselves to the state and federal court judges in attendance during the remote ceremony, per tradition, so that the judges and admittees’ family members can see them online.

The nearly 100 admittees eligible to participate in the remote ceremony will also recite the oath over the videoconference, then sign and submit it electronically, acknowledging their obligations to the profession.

Admittees already received invitation details but should contact Tina Hopson with the Court’s Office of Admissions and Continuing Education with any questions. The ACE certifies that admittees have fulfilled the requirements for admission, including passing the bar exam.

Amid uncertainty over whether the bar exam will be administered in July, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order that will allow the law school Class of 2020 to represent clients and do legal work on a limited basis.

Click here for previous court orders and developments in the legal community related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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