The Seton Hall Law Class of 2012 returned to Seton Hall Law for the official New Jersey Bar Swearing-in Ceremony and wine-and-cheese reception on December 5. Joining Dean Patrick E. Hobbs to administer the state and federal oaths were the Honorable Martha T. Royster ’96, who was appointed by Governor Chris Christie ’87 in 2011 to the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Hudson County; and the Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo ’89 a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Dean Hobbs welcomed the class, calling the Swearing-in Ceremony one of the three most momentous days of a law student’s educational experience alongside Orientation –“and that doesn’t feel so long ago, does it!,” he asked the class, with a smile – and Commencement. He reminded the class that their law degree is one of their greatest personal assets, telling them “It is a precious right to represent individuals, both rich and poor, the government or corporations. You are ambassadors in the law, advocates in the legal system. Remember how hard you worked for this. And cherish it.”
Judge Royster (pictured, left), known for her commitment to mentoring Seton Hall Law students and graduates as interns and clerks, explained that her dedication to Seton Hall Law is not just about personal loyalty. She said, “I believe Seton Hall Law School produces the best attorneys in the State of New Jersey. You have been trained by the best legal minds in the world.” After thanking the parents of the graduates for fostering their children's professional administering and before administering the oath for the State, she gave a final salute to the new attorneys standing before her: “Congratulations! Welcome to the brotherhood and sisterhood of the practice of law.”
Judge Arleo, who joined the bench after 11 years in legal practice, has been an integral member of the Seton Hall Law community since graduation and was recognized by the Peter W. Rodino Society several years ago. “This is one of the most joyous moments I am called to preside over,” she said, and offered important lifelong career advice: “Find the right job, find the right fit. You will have to seek them out. And never hesitate to call on this law school and your fellow alumni for help. We are here.”
Jacqueline C. Pirrone '94, President of the Seton Hall Law Alumni Council, urged the graduates to take advantage of their alumni status for networking, and also, to pay it forward. She invited them to stay a part of the current students' lives: "Bring your knowledge to the Law School! Mentor a 3L, volunteer as a Moot Court judge, help a fellow alumnus find a career path. And please stay connected!"