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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A record 654 new lawyers join the Minnesota bar

A record 654 new lawyers were sworn into the Minnesota Bar during a ceremony at the RiverCentre in St. Paul on Oct. 26. The amount represents the lion's share of the 795 individuals who passed the July 2007 bar exam, which was also a record.

Justice Sam Hanson, who is retiring from the bench at the end of the year, delivered a welcome address to the fledgling bar members.

"You are better educated than any who have gone before you. Legal education continues to improve, both in terms of theoretical underpinnings and practical applications," Hanson told the new admittees.

Hanson also told the new lawyers they have "entered the profession in its golden age, with the opportunity to make a real difference."

Minnesota Lawyer will publish more excerpts of Hanson's speech in Monday's edition.

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