Inaugural Pledge of Professionalism, Judge Kathleen Williams to Preside


United States District Judge Kathleen Williams will preside over the University of Miami School of Law’s inaugural Pledge of Professionalism and Pinning ceremony on Thursday, January 18, at 6 p.m.

The class of 321 first-year students has successfully completed their Fall semester of law school. Scheduled as the students begin their second semester, the ceremony affirms their commitment to foster the intellectual discipline, creativity, and critical skills that will prepare them for the highest standards of professional competence.

“It is a good moment for students to reflect on what it means to be a lawyer, and to think about the obligations they will take on as they prepare to enter the profession,” said Vice Dean Osamudia James. 

“The presentation of a pin to the students marks their commitment to professionalism as they continue their journey toward becoming attorneys, while the pledge affirms their commitment to counsel, service, and leadership on behalf of the future clients, colleagues, and communities they will serve.”

Judge Williams, J.D. ’82, was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She has served as the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida, where she supervised a staff of 48 assistant federal defenders, 16 investigators, and over 50 support personnel.  

The ceremony takes place at the Fieldhouse of the UM Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, and will be followed by a reception. Registration closes Tuesday, January 16. 

The Dean’s Office, with the assistance of a grant from the Adrienne E. Arsht Ethics Program, proudly sponsors this event.

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