Thursday, October 31, 2019
2:00 Ceremony and 2:30 – 4:30 Tour
NCBJ has made special arrangements for a limited number of conference attendees to be sworn into the Bar of the Supreme Court in an exclusive ceremony at the Court at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019, ending by 2:30 p.m., and followed by a Supreme Court tour with reserved space for a 2:30 p.m. lecture in the Courtroom.
You (and your guests) can sign up for reserved seating for the 2:30 p.m. Courtroom lecture part of the tour, even if you are not being sworn in (see TOUR RSVP email address below). The rest of the tour which is self-guided ends at 4:30 p.m. , or such earlier time as you choose. To reserve space for the 2:30 p.m. Courtroom lecture, send an email with your name and number of guests to RSVP (reserve seats) by October 22, 2019 to:
Indicate your name and the number of guests. Use this RSVP email to reserve seating for the Courtroom lecture even if you also sign up below to participate in the 2:00 p.m. swearing-in ceremony.
There is a $200 application fee payable to “Supreme Court of the U.S.”. Before you RSVP to sign up below for the ceremony, be aware of the significant application requirements and the August 23, 2019, deadline for Judge Teel to receive your application. See IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS. Scroll down this page for instructions that follow the picture of the Supreme Court.
When you RSVP to be sworn in, state (1) your name, (2) the name of one guest for which you want space to be reserved at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony, and (3) the names of additional guests to attend the 2:00 pm ceremony, if space opens up. If there is insufficient space for such additional guests, they can come with you to the Supreme Court (or arrive later), and after you are sworn in, can join you on the tour.
Following are the RSVP deadlines for Intention to Submit and Application or bring a guest. Application deadline is August 23, 2019:
Judges’ Deadline for RSVP: June 24, 2019 RSVP to:
Attorneys’ Deadline for RSVP: July 29. 2019 RSVP to:
Only 50 applicants can be sworn in at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. So reserve your participation in the admission ceremony early. There will be space for 100 persons at the ceremony, so even if 50 sign up to be sworn in, you will be guaranteed to be able to have at least one guest attend.
We will notify you regarding whether you succeeded in reserving a space to be sworn in and whether beyond the one designated guest, any additional guests you name will be able to attend the swearing-in ceremony or, instead, those additional guests will have to wait for the ceremony to end and then join you on the tour.
Those attending the swearing-in ceremony and those participating in the tour must make their own transportation arrangements to/from the hotel and the Court. You must arrive punctually for the 2:00 swearing-in ceremony and for the 2:30 lecture in the Courtroom. There are later lectures in the Courtroom, on the half hour, but we are not reserving space for later lectures.
Scroll down to below the Supreme Court picture for SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS on how to complete the application.
NCBJ-SPONSORED CEREMONY FOR ADMISSION TO THE BAR OF
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES ON OCTOBER 31, 2019
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS
Instructions for admission to the Supreme Court Bar can be found here opens in a new window. A $200 fee (payable to “Supreme Court of the U.S.”) is required, and you need to get two sponsors to sign. Your application opens in a new window must be submitted via mail, along with the appropriate payment, to the Honorable S. Martin Teel, Jr., at the address below:
Honorable S. Martin Teel, Jr. United States Bankruptcy Judge
2114 E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001
Do Not Mail Your Application to the Supreme Court. It Must Be Submitted in the NCBJ Package prepared by Judge Teel.
Applications must be received by Judge Teel by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, August 31, 2019, in order to be considered for the ceremony.
A few important reminders:
- On the second page of the Application you must sign both:
(1) the Certification; and
(2) the prescribed oath or affirmation.
- Do not have anyone sign the Motion for Admission on the second page of the Application; a member of the NCBJ will move your admission at the ceremony.
- Two sponsors must sign the Application on the second page of the Application. The sponsors must be members of the Bar of the Supreme Court who know you personally and are not related to you by blood or marriage.
- All signatures on the second page of the application (yours and your sponsors’) must be original and must be on the same sheet.
- You must submit a certificate of good standing from the presiding judge, clerk, or other authorized official of the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or of the District of Columbia, evidencing the fact that you have been a member of the Bar of such court for at least three years and are in good standing1. Do not submit a Bar Association certificate in place of the clerk’s certificate, or a duplicate of a certificate of good standing.
- The usual Certificate issued regarding admission to the Bar of the Court contains the following words:
. . . in the year of our Lord, two thousand and...An alternate Certificate is available that omits the underlined words. If you want an alternate Certificate, check the appropriate block (appearing on the right hand side of the first page of the application form after the space for your Alternate Phone).
- Your application submission should be assembled with: the Application on top, next the certificate of good standing from the highest state court, and then your check for $200.00 made payable to “Supreme Court of the U.S.” and dated October 31, 2019, all paper clipped together -- please do not staple.
1 An applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.