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Santa Clara Law Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court

May 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Supreme Court of the United States

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Santa Clara Law is delighted to provide an opportunity for alumni to apply for admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Alumni who have been practicing members of the highest court of a U.S. state for a minimum period of three years and are in good standing are eligible to apply. This gathering is limited to the first 30 alumni who submit all necessary materials by February 15, 2019 as detailed below. Each applicant being admitted may bring one guest into the Court to witness the ceremony.


Monday, 5/27/2019 (Memorial Day)

6 p.m. – Monday evening Welcome Reception – The George Hotel

Tuesday, 5/28/2019

8:30 a.m. – Tuesday morning arrival at U.S. Supreme Court for security clearance (Maryland Avenue entrance.) Continental breakfast provided. (No phones allowed in Courtroom.)

10:00 a.m. – Swearing-In Ceremony with honorary movant.

Noon – Luncheon at The Monocle Restaurant with special guest speaker.


  1. To begin your reservation, please complete the Form of Intent and submit your payment for $250.00 by December 19, 2018. By submitting this completed form, you are reserving a space in the swearing-in ceremony, reception, breakfast, and luncheon that will follow. Please note: Up to three guests can be registered at this time at $225.00 per person (includes Reception, Breakfast and Luncheon.) Only one guest will be allowed to witness the courtroom ceremony but up to three can enter the Supreme Court for the reception and attend the luncheon which follows.
  2. Review the full Instructions for Admission to the Bar and complete the U.S. Supreme Court Bar Application. Each applicant must include the endorsement of two sponsors, each of whom must be a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court. (These sponsors can not be related to you by blood or marriage. Contact the Law Development Office for assistance if needed.) Additional information can be found on the Supreme Court of the United States website here.
  3. Obtain a certificate from the clerk, presiding judge or, or other authorized official of the highest Court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia evidencing you have been a member in good standing of the Bar of such for at least three years. Bar certificates are not accepted. For California residents, please reference the following information from the CA State Bar website:

    California Supreme Court Certificate of Standing
    Some jurisdictions (such as the U.S. Supreme Court) require a certificate from the California Supreme Court. The requesting entity will usually use the term, “a certificate from the highest court you are a member of,” or indicate “not from The State Bar.” These are obtained directly from the Court with a written request and a fee of $1 (dollar bill or check payable to Clerk of the Supreme Court of California). Send your request, payment and self-addressed stamped envelope to:

    California Supreme Court
    350 McAllister St., Rm 1295
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    For questions call the court at (415) 865-7000.

  4. Submit one check for payment as follows:
    • $200 check made payable to the “Supreme Court of the United States”
  5. Return Bar Application, Application Materials, and one checks by February 15, 2019 to:

    Santa Clara Law Development Office
    Attn: Ellen H. Lynch
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053


A block of rooms has been reserved at The George Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, conveniently located near Capitol Hill. The rates are $189 (single/double), $209 (triple) $229 (Quad.) This block is available for Monday night. There are limited rooms in the block for Sunday and Tuesday evenings. Spring is a busy time for visitors to this city but the hotel location provides many opportunities to discover on your own. The room reservations block is on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations must be made by April 30, 2019. Contact the Reservations Office at (800) 546-7866. Note: Each participant is responsible for making and paying for his/her own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations.


  • Payment One – please complete the Form of Intent and submit your payment for $250.00.
  • Payment Two – please submit one check for $200 made payable to Supreme Court of the United States. Return to Santa Clara Law with all materials noted above by 2/15/19.
  • Hotel accommodations must be made directly by individuals. Travel and lodging are the responsibilities of the applicant.

Questions? Contact Ellen Lynch, Santa Clara Law Development Office at (408) 554-5496 or elynch@scu.edu.


May 28, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    Santa Clara Law Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court

  • May 28, 2019
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • U.S. Supreme Court