Seventy-three UB School of Law students took the oath in an Aug. 22 ceremony to mark the beginning of their work as student-attorneys under Maryland’s Rule 19-220, which allows them to represent clients under a supervising attorney.
Associate Dean for Experiential Education Margaret Johnson, who is also director of the Bronfein Family Law Clinic, noted that the law school’s clinical program has been in operation for 30 years. With 11 clinics in operation, and a 12th launching in January, students have ample opportunity to gain valuable practical experience while helping Marylanders who need legal assistance.
The Hon. Shirley Watts, of the Maryland Court of Appeals, administered the oath to students. Before doing so, she reminded students of their ethical and professional obligations as lawyers, and noted that their demeanor will influence public perception of the justice system.
The rapid pace of the modern legal system, particularly with the advent of so many technological advances, requires today’s lawyers to be especially agile, attentive and responsive, she said.
Dean Ron Weich told the students they were embarking on a exciting journey that is an invaluable learning opportunity, but one that also carries considerable responsibility, as their work with real clients is likely to have serious consequences for those clients.