A Large New Crop of Attorneys Takes the Oath

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Applicants to the New York State Bar are sworn in during a ceremony at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany on Jan. 23.
Applicants to the New York State Bar are sworn in during a ceremony at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany on Jan. 23.

The Appellate Division, Third Department, installed 761 new lawyers Jan. 23 at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany, including candidates from 34 states and the District of Columbia and 18 foreign nations.

The Third Department admits more attorneys each year than any court in the nation except the California Supreme Court. Because of its location in the capital, the court is in charge of admitting all out-of-state and foreign attorneys seeking admission to the New York State bar.

There are several admission ceremonies annually. In 2012, the Third Department admitted a total of 4,130 new attorneys, compared to 2,659 by the First Department, 2,534 by the Second and 351 by the Fourth Department.

Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo, who presided over last week's ceremony, urged the new attorneys to "keep in mind what attracted you to this noble profession—the opportunity to be of service to others in the search for justice" and to always remember that their reputation is their "most cherished asset." And she admonished her audience "to draw that elusive line between effective advocacy and unprofessional conduct."

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