Today my stepdaughter became a lawyer. As her attorney-family member-sponsor, I made probably the only appearance and motion to the Minnesota Supreme Court that I ever will. Here we are before the microphone, in front of the stage at Roy Wilkens Auditorium, St. Paul, where the Justices are seated. I am the small, gray haired lady with long skirt and sensible shoes, saying, "May it please the court, my name is Gail ______ and I am a member of the Minnesota Bar. I wish to present Shana_____, my stepdaughter. I move that she be admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota."
Or some such words as that. To which Chief Justice Magnuson smiled down and said, "Counsel, your motion is granted." It was a big day for Shana and admittedly, for me!
I remember it was Justice Alan Page who said those words for me, in his deeply resonant voice, 9 years ago. Slightly less than 800 new lawyers were sworn in today in Minnesota.
After a celebratory lunch with our little family, her grandparents and another lawyer-sister-in-law, we all went back to our regular lives.
I came home, peeled off the suit jacket, skirt and nylons, put on farmer jeans, and said, "ahhhh".
Okay, I guess I will close on a sheepie note: I believe that the unnamed ewe lamb in my last post, and a few more ewes have found a new home; we'll meet the prospective new shepherds tomorrow. And-- Emily liked Mindy for the little ewe's name. All's well that ends well.