“The Delaware Supreme Court takes any admission to the bar very seriously,” said the Honorable Randy J. Holland
as he opened a special session of the Delaware Supreme Court in order to administer the oath that will allow twenty-three students participating in clinical programs the limited ability to appear in certain Delaware courts under Rule 56.
The ceremony took place on Monday, August 27th. Following brief welcoming remarks, Justice Holland recognized Professor Dana Harrington Conner
, who formally moved for the admission of ten Delaware Civil Law Clinic
students. Delaware Civil Law Clinc Students taking the oath were: Bryna B. Batten, Kasey E. Hacker, Meghan L. Harp, Lisa J. Hrunka, John P. McAvoy, Peter A. Parizzi, Staci J. Pesin, Marc C. Petrucci, Robert E. Surmacz, and Vincent Wall.
Associate Professor Ken Kristl
then presented the eleven Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic
students, who included: Danielle DiPillo, Monika Germono, Christopher Hine, Jovin Jose, William Kassab, Allison Krzeminski, Julia Nugent, Martin Reap, Geoffrey Smith, Joseph Valenza, and Andrew Yarnall.
Delaware Deputy Attorney General H. Kemp Vye then formally moved for the admission of two students under the limited practice rule. Laura B. Makransky and Steven Pak will be externs working for the Delaware Department of Justice.
“We have great respect for the clinical programs,” Justice Holland told the students before citing Professor Harrington Conner and Professor Kristl as excellent role models for the students to emulate.
“As an officer of the court, you are involved in the administration of justice,” Holland told the assembled students. He added that taking the oath represented a paradigm shift, saying, “People are going to be looking at you differently. They’re going to be looking at you as an officer of the court.”
He further emphasized the importance of professionalism in ensuring that people trust the legal system, concluding, “People don’t have respect for the process unless they have respect for the officers of the court and the court itself.”