I had myself sworn in to the State Bar of California, the Northern District of California (where I'll be an employee a year from now), and the Ninth Circuit (which I will probably never see the inside of again) at Boalt. Now I'm officially a lawyer. The oath involved promising to do a bunch of things, including upholding the Constitutions of the United States and California. So if I see any of you violating either constitution, you're going to hear about it.
Meli's mother came up for the ceremony, which was fabulous. The oath administrators were Justice Werdegar of the California Supreme Court, Judge William A. "Willy" Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Thelton Henderson of the Northern District. The president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association made the motions to have us admitted. It was a nice blend of pointless formality and casual remarks. There was so much sitting and standing that I felt like I was in church.
Funny Dean Edley quote: "A couple of days ago a friend asked me if I was considering taking the California Bar Exam. [Pause for chuckles.] Not anymore."
If you don't know why that's funny, ask a Stanford Law School student or alumnus/a.