Judge Christopher Sabella Administers Florida Bar Oath at Swearing-In Ceremony

Hon. Christopher C. Sabella, WMU-Cooley Law School graduates

The Hon. Christopher C. Sabella of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court administers the Florida Bar’s oath to recent WMU-Cooley Law School graduates. Pictured (left-right) Michell Ace-Carroll, Jennifer Alderman, Elizabeth Devolder, Philistine Hamdan, Eric Bossardt, Cristina Solis, and Kymberly Starr.

The Hon. Christopher C. Sabella of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court administered the Florida Bar oath to seven recent WMU-Cooley Law School graduates, granting them authorization to practice law before the state’s courts. The ceremony was held inside the law school’s appellate courtroom.

Judge Sabella noted that, “this day, the day an attorney is sworn in, counts as one of the best days in an attorney’s life.” He told the graduates, and attending family members, faculty, staff and students, that the new attorneys would remember this day as vividly as the day one gets married, or the day of a child’s birth.

Eric Bossardt and his son Lawson watch as the Hon. Christopher C. Sabella signs the paperwork allowing Bossardt to practice law in Florida.

Eric Bossardt and his son Lawson

Eric Bossardt and his son Lawson watch as the Hon. Christopher C. Sabella signs the paperwork allowing Bossardt to practice law in Florida.

Hon. Christopher C. Sabella, Elizabeth Devolder, Bryan Devolder

The Hon. Christopher C. Sabella (third from left) joins new admittee Elizabeth Devolder (second from right) along with her husband Bryan Devolder (third from right), also a WMU-Cooley graduate, for a family photo after the swearing-in ceremony.

About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.

 

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Judge: ‘One of the best days in an attorney’s life’

Graduates sworn in and can now practice law


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