See the video from the fall 2018 ceremony.

Join us at for this unique opportunity to celebrate the success of qualifying attorneys who are entering the legal profession and to acknowledge their friends and family who have supported them.

The Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan joins with the Detroit Bar Association to host the new attorney mass swearing in ceremony. Chief Judge Kenny will preside over the Admission Ceremony. Detroit Bar President Brian Summerfield will extend an invitation to the newly admitted attorneys to join the Detroit Bar free of charge for one year.  Guests and media are invited to join in the celebration.

Lawyers contribute in various ways, helping clients directly and holding public offices of trust.  Admission to the bar is the culmination of years of study and the successful passing of a rigorous exam.  New Lawyers will take the oath of the profession.  The admission ceremony marks the beginning of individuals beginning the practice of law and is celebrated with friends and family as the venerated lawyers and judges welcome the new lawyers into the profession.

New attorneys are admitted twice per year. Inspirational and aspirational stories will be shared by the newly admitted attorneys, the Detroit Bar leadership, and the Chief Judge.

Attending the Ceremony

Prior to the Ceremony, you must register with the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. To register, take the original letter you received from the Board of Law Examiners, along with a $25 filing fee (cash or money order) to their office (located in Room 201 of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center). This registration must be done in person, and must be completed prior to the Admission Ceremony. If you plan to do this immediately prior to the Ceremony, please arrive by 9:30 a.m. at the latest. When entering the building, you will be required to go through a metal detector and possible search. Permitted items and nearby parking lots are listed on the Third Circuit Court website, under the General Information tab.

Following the Admission Ceremony, your Order of Admission will be processed and submitted to the State Bar of Michigan on your behalf.

  • DATE AND TIME:  November 11, 2019. Arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. at the County Clerk’s Office. The Auditorium opens at 11:00.  Please arrive by 12:00 pm.  The Chief Judge will begin the actual swearing in at 12:30 p.m. and all attendees should be seated. Refreshments will follow at 1:30 p.m.  It is important that all times are observed so plan for parking and other logistical concerns.
  • LOCATION: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor Auditorium, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

Guests are welcome to attend the Admission Ceremony. There is no need for guests to register in advance or check in at the Ceremony. Guests may bring cameras, but should be prepared to tell the security screeners that they are attending the Mass Admission Ceremony for new attorneys.

You will have the opportunity to purchase formal photographs prior to the Ceremony starting at 11:00 a.m. as well as following the Ceremony.

Refreshments and cake will be available after the Ceremony.

Newly admitted attorneys to the Bar are eligible for a one-year free Detroit Bar Association membership. Click here to join.

For more information contact Belinda Roberts at or 313-224-6700, or Zenell Brown at (313) 224-2236.

For a private swearing-in, please contact the Court 313 224-5430.