Judge adorably holds lawyer's baby as he swore her into state bar
A Tennessee judge swore a new lawyer into the state bar in a super special way; bouncing her young son on his hip as he administered her oath.
Per Buzzfeed News, Belmont University of Law graduate, Juliana Lamar, earned the right to practice law last week, and she brought her one-year-old son along to celebrate her success. It was then that Judge Richard Dinkins offered to hold her child, Beckham, who was born while Lamar was studying at the institution.
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The video, which was later uploaded to Twitter, shows Judge Dinkins bouncing the baby on his hip as Lamar swears her oath. Social media users were quick to praise the judge's decision to involve Lamar's son, as well as Lamar's achievement.
Becoming a first-time mother in law school is no easy feat. As Lamar's school has a strict policy about how many classes students can miss, she had to attend lectures just a week after undergoing a C-section. Lamar says that her husband, Javon - who is currently serving in the US army at a nearby base - proved to be an invaluable resource.
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, Lamar said "On the day of my swearing in, right before we began, Judge said he wanted Beckham to take part in the moment. And I am so glad he did because to have my son take part in one of the greatest moments of my life was truly a blessing."
"The pressure I felt was horrible, and I hope it has led my law school to rethink its policies for future mothers," she continued to the publication. "I understand having a child during law school is often a choice, however, as young female professionals there is not a perfect time for us to have children."
Lamar also credits Judge Dinkins as a source of inspiration during her studies. She previously worked for him as a clerk in the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
"Judge Dinkins has also been a guiding light during my legal career," she asserted. "When I was nine months pregnant, the day before I found out I needed to be induced, Judge Dinkins spoke on the importance of voting at an event I hosted as the President of my school’s Black Law Students’ Association. During this event Judge Dinkins reminded me of how proud he was of me and that he knew I would do great things, even with a baby in tow."