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Over 400 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,500.

The largest group, 275, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will preside over the 9 a.m. ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs will preside over the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.  

Guests of the morning ceremony will include Andrew M. Raucci of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar; Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy, president of the Chicago Bar Association; and Debjani Dasgupta, president of the South Asian Bar Association.  

Guests of the second First District ceremony will include Dartesia A. Pitts, president of the Cook County Bar Association; Kristen Barnette McCarthy, president of the Women's Bar Association; and Arlene Coleman of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. 

Guests of the afternoon ceremony will include Thomas A. Clancy of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar; Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, president of the Illinois State Bar Association; and Kristen M. Kozlowski, president of the Advocates Society. 

In addition to Chicago, ceremonies will be held Thursday in Springfield, Elgin, Ottawa, and Collinsville.  
 
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman will preside over the Fourth Judicial District ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Illinois Supreme Court Building, 200 E. Capitol Ave., in Springfield.  
 
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael J. Burke will preside over the Second Judicial District ceremony at 10 a.m. at Hemmens Memorial Building in the Elgin Civic Center Plaza, 45 Symphony Way, in Elgin.  
 
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will preside over the Third Judicial District ceremony, which will be at 11 a.m. at the Third District Appellate Courthouse, 1004 Columbus St., in Ottawa.  
 
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will preside over the Fifth Judicial District ceremony at 2 p.m. at Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr., in Collinsville. 

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Rhys Saunders