The next KCBA hosted Swearing-In Ceremony will be in either September or October 2021, following the release of the WSBA Summer Bar Exam.
Swearing-in ceremonies are organized by KCBA to recognize one of the most important milestones that a new lawyer reaches: having a judicial officer administer the oath of attorney. Below are several specific questions and answers about the ceremonies. For a general overview, please read the article "Finding the Fountain of Youth Through New Admittees" that first appeared in the May 2019 KCBA Bar Bulletin. View photos from past ceremonies from the menu bar on the right side of this page.
Q: When is your next swearing-in ceremony?
A: The next KCBA hosted Swearing-In Ceremony will be in either September or October 2021, following the release of the WSBA Summer Bar Exam.
Q: Do I need to RSVP?
A: Yes, a RSVP is required for the KCBA hosted Swearing-In Ceremony.
Q: How long is the KCBA ceremony?
A: The KCBA Virtual Swearing-In Ceremony is approximately 30 minutes.
Q: What does the ceremony entail?
A: Prior to the ceremony, you must sign and send the KCBA provided Oath of Attorney to KCBA (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Judge, the President of the KCBA Board of Trustees, and the Chair of KCBA New Lawyers Division will say a few words. The Judge will then recite the oath (you will not have to be on camera). KCBA will then have the Judge sign the oaths and they will be delivered to WSBA offices.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: There is not a specific dress code for our Virtual Swearing-In Ceremonies. Only the administering Judge will be seen on the webcast.
Q: When will I get my bar card?
A: Make sure you've completed all the steps outlined by Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). Once you've completed that process it may take several weeks to receive your bar card. Any questions about this process should be directed to WSBA at email@example.com; or (206) 727-8209.
Q: Are their other options/opportunities to be sworn-in?
A: As of February 2021, Chief Civil Judge Regina Cahan will hold an Oath of Attorney Ceremony telephonically every 2nd Thursday of the month (except November) promptly at 3:30 p.m. The court has suspended in person walk-in ceremonies until further notice.
If you are a new law school graduate, please attend the KCBA swearing-in ceremonies following the release of the Bar Exam results from WSBA.
To register in Judge Cahan’s monthly ceremony, download this customized Oath of Attorney (CLICK HERE). Print your name in the space provided, sign it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit your signed oath is 5:00pm, the Monday prior to each scheduled ceremony.
For details on how to call in to the ceremony, CLICK HERE.
Q: When can I join KCBA?
A: Immediately! You do not need to wait for your bar card to join KCBA. You can join here.
Q: How much does it cost to join KCBA?
A: If the state of Washington is the first state bar you have been admitted to, dues are only $50 through June 30, 2022. Your dues also include membership into two of KCBA’s sections ($80 value) and your choice of chapter from the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual ($75 value).
Q: What if I’ve been admitted previously to another state?
A: Dues are as low as $95 – plus you’re still eligible for the two free sections and the free chapter of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual.
Q: Why should I join KCBA as a new admittee?
A: We want to help you navigate your new career! You will automatically be a part of our New Lawyers Division, which dedicates itself to organizing events geared specifically towards new attorneys. Once COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, these events include free monthly happy hours (perfect for making important connections), free monthly CLEs (learn what you weren’t taught in school), and opportunities to meet local lawyers in a more relaxed setting (Trivia Night, Virtual Cooking Classes, and non-law related community volunteer projects).
Q: Additional questions?
A: Contact our membership department at email@example.com.