Twenty-two Life and Associate Members of Hadassah's National Center for Attorneys' Councils were sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar on February 22 and 23, 2011.
This whirlwind 24-hour event commenced the night prior to the Swearing In with dinner at the Washington, D.C. JCC and a presentation by Amy Howe, a Supreme Court advocate and editor of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Blog, on the first night and Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben on the second night.
The next day, admittees participated in the official swearing in ceremony before the entire court and heard the reading of court decisions and oral arguments in two cases. Both groups had the opportunity to see Mr. Dreeben, who argued for the Justice Department in United States v. Tinklenberg on day one and assisted in Freeman v. United States on day two.
The attorneys and guests had the distinct privilege to meet the three Jewish jurists: Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Elena Kagan. In appreciation for meeting with the group, Attorneys' Councils Chair Beth Aaronson presented Justice Breyer, who enjoys cooking in his free time, with the Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook and Justices Ginsberg and Kagan with Centennial Key necklaces.
The Marshal of the Supreme Court, and Hadassah Life Member, Pamela Talkin and Chief Librarian Judith Gaskell gave lunch presentations, and both groups took a tour of the Court library. Hadassah Archivist Susan Woodland also made a historical presentation at the Justice Louis Brandeis portrait, which was purchased and donated by Hadassah in 1946.