Widener Law graduate Hollis Fishman of Churchville joined the Pennsylvania Bar recently after a swearing-in ceremony held at Philadelphia City Hall.
According to a press release from the university, some of the region's best and brightest new attorneys took their oaths and became full-fledged members of the Pennsylvania bar recently at the Judge Charles P. Mirarchi Jr. Pennsylvania Bar Induction Ceremony organized for graduates of Widener Law.
A Churchville resident was among the alumni who were sworn in to the Pennsylvania bar. Hollis Fishman graduated in May 2012 from Widener's Delaware campus.
The school celebrates the induction as a point of pride with special Widener-only events, where alumni assemble to take their oaths alongside friends they made during their years of study. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations coordinates the ceremonies, which are held in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa.
Eighteen new attorneys were sworn at City Hall in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and heard remarks from Judge Paul P. Panepinto '76 of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division.
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons also attended.
"Witnessing the swearing-in of our graduates is a highlight of my role as dean," Ammons said. "I congratulate these fine new lawyers and look forward to hearing about the positive contributions they will make to the profession."
The induction ceremony was officially named in Mirarchi's honor in 2010. He was a founding member of the law school's early parents' association, a strident financial supporter of Widener Law and had served as both a member of the school's Board of Overseers and on its adjunct faculty. Mirarchi founded the school's annual bar induction ceremony for new Pennsylvania lawyers in Philadelphia. He died in May 2010.
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