Filled With Limitless Potential
By Eric Quitugua
From left, Texas Board of Law Examiners Executive Director Susan
Henricks, Texas Supreme Court Justice Brett Busby, Texas Bar Exam high
scorer and Harvard Law School graduate Stephen James Hammer, Texas
Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, and Texas Board of Law
Examiners Board Member Carlos Soltero.
The Texas Supreme Court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the State Bar of Texas welcomed the state’s newest attorneys at the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony on November 18 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Joining the courts and bar were the Texas Board of Law Examiners, law school deans, and friends and family as newly minted attorneys took the Lawyer’s Oath. State Bar President Randy Sorrels introduced himself to the new Texas lawyers, pointing to State Bar resources and encouraging people to aim for elected leadership positions. “You can win the race for persistence because persistence pays off in this profession,” Sorrels said. Texas Young Lawyers Association President Victor A. Flores congratulated the graduates on a “[momentous] moment in [their] career” before advising them to always do right. “People will not remember how much money you make or whether you drive a Tesla or Mercedes or Audi. They won’t remember how expensive your watch was or what brand of suit you’re wearing,” Flores said. “The biggest part of doing right is to be kind, and people will remember that. People will remember that you’re kind.” The bar exam’s high scorer, U.S. Army veteran and recent Harvard Law graduate Stephen James Hammer, congratulated his fellow inductees, saying they’re up for the challenges and responsibilities of the profession. “Each one of us has conquered untold challenges to make it to this ceremony, and this room is filled with limitless potential,” Hammer said. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht closed out the ceremony, describing calls for integrity and civility in the Lawyer’s Oath and then officially swearing in the state’s newest lawyers. “From this day forward, you are the voice and the instrument of the rule of law,” he said. “Whether you are prosecuting or defending an individual charged with transgressions against society; representing a party in a civil dispute; drafting a contract, a deed, or a will; or giving other legal counsel to a client, everything you do contributes to a republic in which the rights of life, liberty, and property have displaced reliance on class, heredity, wealth, and might.” TBJ