SJCL Barpassers admitted to the Bar on December 7, 2016 include (Front Row. L to R): Andrew Trippel, Chineme Anyadiegwu, Jennifer Oleksa, and Sandra Garcia.  (Back Row):  Victoria Maga, Nichola Krebsbach, Mao Lee, Sara Santoyo, Joshua Longoria, Nellie Peloian, Matthew Green, Michelle Errecart, William Chaddock, and Amanda Hines.  Photo Courtesy of Howard K. Watkins.
San Joaquin College of Law Barpassers admitted to the Bar on December 7th include (Front Row. L to R): Andrew Trippel, Chineme Anyadiegwu, Jennifer Oleksa, and Sandra Garcia. (Back Row): Victoria Maga, Nichola Krebsbach, Mao Lee, Sara Santoyo, Joshua Longoria, Nellie Peloian, Matthew Green, Michelle Errecart, William Chaddock, and Amanda Hines. Photo Courtesy of Howard K. Watkins.

Twenty-four Barpassers were sworn into the Fresno County and Federal Bar on December 7, 2016 at the B. F. Sisk Courthouse.  But before hands could be raised and hugs given, the congratulations were tempered with cautions.

Associate Justice Rosendo Pena Jr. reminded the candidates that they will be “required to meet tremendous expectations” as attorneys, and they should always be courteous and civil, adding “It costs you nothing.”  Those who stray from that path will find bad reputations could stand in their way, because “the word gets around really fast.”

Superior Court Presiding Judge Kimberly Gaab echoed that sentiment of civility, adding that after court proceedings, “you should always be able to shake your adversary’s hand.”

U. S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Oberto warned the new attorneys that they should “above all else, practice with integrity” and “never undermine the truth.”

The crowd erupted in laughter as State Bar Board of Trustees Representative Mark Broughton introduced himself with his Bar Number.  He congratulated the candidates for being among the few who were successful when the State Bar passage percentage is the lowest in more than 30 years.

The Fresno County Bar Association welcomes the new Admittees:
Chineme Anyadiegwu
Ryan Bowler
Tony Carvalho
William Chaddock
Marcus Cope
Jennifer Delarosa
Michelle Errecart
Sandra Garcia
Matthew Green
Amanda Moran Hines
Catherine Houlihan
Nichola Krebsbach
Lawrence Liu
Mao Lee
Joshua Longoria
Victoria Hernandez Maga
Jennifer Oleksa
Jacob Owens
Nellie Peloian
Sara Santoyo
Ashley Torres
Andrew Trippel
Anne Vaz
Cindy Wong