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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Bar Examinination Results, Getting Sworn in and Frequently Asked Questions for New Admittees
Release Date: May 9, 2014

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the latest Connecticut bar examination. However, not everyone on this list has been recommended for admission to the bar.

Applicants passing the February 2014 Bar Examination - PDF

Information about Getting Sworn In
  1. The Connecticut Supreme Court swears in candidates who have been recommended for admission by the CT Bar Examining Committee and have completed all of the necessary paperwork by the established deadline. The ceremonies are held on only two days during the year, one for the candidates who took the February bar examination and one for the candidates who took the July bar examination.
  2. Letters will be sent from the Bar Examining Committee to all candidates indicating whether they were successful on the bar examination, whether they have completed all of the necessary paperwork and whether they are being invited to attend the swearing in ceremony.
  3. Frequently asked questions about the bar admission ceremonies
  4. Candidates who fail to complete all of the necessary paperwork by the established deadline or who have not cleared the character and fitness investigation will not be invited to the Supreme Court ceremony. If a candidate subsequently completes his/her file in a timely fashion and clears the character and fitness investigation, arrangements will be made so that the candidate may be sworn in by the clerk of the Superior Court for the county in which the candidate seeks admission.

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Frequently Asked Questions by New Admittees

1. What law library services are available for new attorneys? 
Connecticut's public law libraries will be an invaluable resource for you as you begin your legal career. As public service law librarians, we are committed to utilizing our experience and expertise to assist you in achieving the highest professional standards.

The Law Libraries' website offers many resources such as Legal Research Guides (Pathfinders), the Law by Subject Pages, and the daily Newslog providing current awareness postings on recent legal developments, legal practice tools and law library resources.

Additionally, in the Fall of each year, the Judicial Branch offers free seminars on Connecticut legal research, courthouse resources, e-services and mediation programs. Beginning in the fall of 2014, we will be offering a free seminar on online legal research services available at the Judicial Branch Law Libraries. Please mark your calendar to check for the program announcements and online registrations which will be posted at the Law Libraries' website.
 
2. After I have been admitted to the bar, when will I receive my juris number? 
You will receive notice containing your juris number approximately 15 days after the clerk of the court where your swearing-in took place notifies the Statewide Grievance Committee that you were sworn in. You need this number to file an appearance in court.

Please note that your juris number will be mailed to you at the address printed on Form 100, the form you were directed to bring with you to the swearing-in. If the form does not contain your correct address, or your address will be changing soon after your swearing-in, you must indicate the change on the form.


3. Where should I direct inquiries regarding juris numbers?
Inquiries regarding juris numbers must be made to the Statewide Grievance Committee at statewide.grievance@jud.ct.gov, not the Bar Examining Committee.
 
4. When can I begin to practice law?
You are able to practice law immediately after you have been sworn in as an attorney in Connecticut.
 
5. What is the Attorney Registration requirement?
After being sworn into the bar, attorneys are required to complete the attorney registration form. At or around the time that you receive your juris number, you will also receive your first attorney registration form. 

In addition to the requirement that you register after being sworn into the bar, Connecticut Practice Book § 2-27 (d) requires all members of the Connecticut bar to register with the Statewide Grievance Committee on an annual basis. The registration process takes place between January and the beginning of March. The annual attorney registration must be done online through Judicial Branch E-Services. You will not have a paper registration option but will be notified by U.S. mail when it is time to register online.

 
6. Can I file my first attorney registration form electronically?
You may enroll in Judicial Branch E-Services and complete the registration online. Once you are enrolled in E-Services, you can use E-Services to register now and in the future. Please note that attorneys with foreign country addresses, including United States territories, do not have access to E-Services and must complete all annual registrations and changes of address by using the paper form.

Please note that all members of the Connecticut bar must register with the Statewide Grievance Committee on an annual basis. The registration process takes place between January and the beginning of March and must be done online through Judicial Branch E-Services. You will not have a paper registration option but will be notified by US mail when it is time to register online. 

 
7. May I request to be exempt from registering online to complete my annual attorney registration form?
You may request to be exempted from registering online by filing form JD-CL-92, Request For Exclusion From Electronic Services Requirement, You may request to be exempted from registering online by filing form JD-CL-92, Request For Exclusion From Electronic Services Requirement, with:
E-Services Exclusion Requests
Superior Court Operations
90 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
If your request is granted, you will be provided a paper copy of your registration form to complete. Attorneys with foreign country addresses, including United States territories, are automatically exempt from E-Services and do not have to complete form JD-CL-92.

 
8. Do I have to notify the Statewide Grievance Committee of any changes on my registration form and if so, how do I do that?
Attorneys are also required by Practice Book § 2-27 to notify the Statewide Grievance Committee of any changes to their registration information when those changes occur.

Additionally, Practice Book § 2-26 requires that attorneys notify the Statewide Grievance Committee of any change of address.

Form JD-GC 10 has been created for complying with §§ 2-26 and 2-27 (d).

The Statewide Grievance Committee still accepts changes on the paper form (foreign country attorneys must use the form) but strongly encourages these changes to be made online through Judicial Branch E-Services.

It should be noted that § 2-27 (f) provides that the failure to comply with the registration requirements constitutes misconduct.

Inquiries regarding attorney registration must be made to the Statewide Grievance Committee, not the Bar Examining Committee. Questions about attorney registration or change of information process may be emailed to the Statewide Grievance Committee at attorney.registration@jud.ct.gov.

 
9. Am I required to notify the Statewide Bar Counsel if I am admitted in another jurisdiction?
Practice Book § 2-24 requires an attorney to notify the Statewide Bar Counsel in writing within thirty days of admission in another jurisdiction. This information should be submitted using the Attorney Registration Change of Information form.

10. Am I required to notify the Statewide Bar Counsel of any disciplinary action imposed by the courts in another jurisdiction?
Practice Book § 2-25 requires an attorney to notify the Statewide Bar Counsel in writing within thirty days of any disciplinary action imposed by the courts in another jurisdiction. The notice should be sent to both the Statewide Bar Counsel and the Chief Clerk in the Hartford Judicial District at the addresses listed below:

  Statewide Bar Counsel
Statewide Grievance Committee
2nd Floor, Suite 2
East Hartford, CT 06118
Tel: (860) 568-5157
Chief Clerk
Hartford Superior Court
95 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 548-2700

11. Where do I get a certificate of good standing?
Certificates of good standing are available from either the Statewide Grievance Committee or the Hartford Superior Court. The addresses are below:

  Statewide Grievance Committee
287 Main Street
2nd Floor, Suite 2
East Hartford, CT 06118
Tel: (860) 568-5157
Hartford Superior Court
95 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 548-2700

 

Note that for some purposes, a certificate is required from the highest court of the jurisdiction in which the attorney is admitted – requests for such certificates must be made to the Clerk of the Superior Court, Hartford Judicial District.

For some purposes, a certificate is required from the disciplinary authority in the jurisdiction in which the attorney is admitted – requests for such certificates must be made to the Statewide Grievance Committee.

Finally, for some purposes, separate certificates are required from the highest court and from the disciplinary authority – separate requests must be submitted to both Clerk of the Superior Court, Hartford Judicial District and to the Statewide Grievance Committee.

Requests to the Statewide Grievance Committee must be in writing and must include the attorney’s name, address, daytime telephone number, juris number, and a copy of the attorney's last attorney registration form (see Practice Book § 2-27 (d) and (f), and § 2-65).

If the attorney requesting a certificate from the Statewide Grievance Committee does not submit a copy of his/her last attorney registration form, he/she must state in the request that the form is not being submitted, together with an explanation why it is not included.

 
12. What is the cost of obtaining a certificate of good standing?
The cost of a plain certificate of good standing from the Clerk of the Superior Court or the Statewide Grievance Committee is $10. Checks or money orders for certificates obtained from the Clerk of the Superior Court should be made payable to "Clerk, Superior Court."

A certificate of good standing with disciplinary history statement from the Statewide Grievance Committee is $20. Checks or money orders for certificates obtained from the Statewide Grievance Committee should be made payable to "State of Connecticut Judicial Branch."
 
13. What is the Client Security Fund Fee?
Connecticut Practice Book § 2-70, effective January 1, 1999, provides that an annual fee be assessed attorneys to fund a client security fund. The purpose of the client security fund is to reimburse clients who have been the victims of the "dishonest conduct" of an attorney, as defined in Practice Book § 2-69. Invoices for the annual Client Security Fund assessment are generally mailed in May.
 
14. Who must pay the Client Security Fund fee?
The fee must be paid by each attorney admitted to practice in Connecticut, and each judge, judge trial referee, state referee, family support magistrate, family support referee and workers compensation commissioner. See Practice Book § 2-70 for more information

Authorized house counsel are also required to pay the fee pursuant to Practice Book § 2-15A (d) (3), as are attorneys applying to appear or who are permitted to appear pro hac vice pursuant to Practice Book § 2-16. 

Only attorneys admitted to practice as of January 1st are obligated to pay the fee for that year. Attorneys admitted after January 1st do not have to pay the fee for that year.

 
15. Who is exempt from the fee?
Only those attorneys who have retired, resigned, who have been disbarred or are on active duty with the US armed forces for more than six months during the calendar year are exempt from payment of the fee. 

Attorneys have "retired" only if they have complied with the provisions of Practice Book § 2-55 and Connecticut General Statutes § 51-81b (g). The applicable form is JD-CL-68.

An attorney is not exempt from the fee because he or she practices out of state, or because he or she does not actively practice law. 

There is a partial exemption of one-half the fee for attorneys who do not engage in the practice of law as an occupation and receive less than $450.00 in legal fees or other compensation for services involving the practice of law during the calendar year. 

 
16. What the consequences of not paying the fee?
Attorneys who do not pay the Client Security Fund fee are presented to the Superior Court for an administrative suspension of their license to practice law in Connecticut.

Client Security Fund invoices and notices regarding non-payment of the fee are mailed to the address on file from the attorney's registration form. The failure to timely comply with the registration requirement may result in attorneys not receiving their invoice or other important notices regarding payment of the fee and consequently being administratively suspended from the bar.
 
17. What is the occupational tax?
Information on the attorney occupation tax and who must pay it.External Link

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Bar Admission Ceremonies

1. What time should I report to the Museum of Connecticut History?
Please report to the Museum of Connecticut History at the Supreme Court Building for mandatory registration approximately 1 hour before the ceremony begins. You will need to bring Form 100 and current, valid, government-issued photo identification.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not arrive in time to be checked in prior to the ceremony, then you may not be able to participate in the ceremony and, therefore, would not be admitted to practice law on that date.

2. What should I wear?
As you will be appearing before the justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court, please dress in appropriate business attire.

3. Will I need to pass through a metal detector to enter the building?
Everyone attending the admission ceremony must pass through a security screening. You and your guests can facilitate that screening by limiting the items you bring with you to the ceremony. We recommend that you leave at home or in your car anything that is likely to trigger the metal detectors at an airport. We also recommend that you not bring large backpacks or handbags to the ceremony.

4. How many guests may I bring?
Due to space constraints, only two (2) guests may accompany you to the ceremony. Please note that guests are not allowed to sit with the candidates.

5. How do I get to the Supreme Court Building? 
Directions to the Supreme Court building

6. Where should I park?
Parking is extremely limited in Hartford. The Connecticut Bar Association has put together a list of possible parking options. Please visit the CBA website.External Link

7. May I bring a camera or video recorder to take photos and/or videos of the ceremony?
Personal cameras and video recorders are welcome. However, for your convenience, a professional photographer will photograph each candidate during the ceremony. Candidates and guests may make arrangements the day of the ceremony to purchase those photographs.

8. Is there a reception after the ceremony?
A reception for candidates and guests will follow the admission ceremony at the State Capitol located at 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. The Connecticut Bar Association and the local, regional, affinity and specialty bar associations of this state sponsor the reception. There will be members of the bar associations at the reception who can answer any questions that you may have.

9. Who do I contact if I or my guests require an accommodation for a disability?
If you or your guests require accommodations for a disability, please contact the Bar Examining Committee at (860) 706-5135 to make arrangements at least one week prior to the ceremony. Please note that equipment, such as wheelchairs, are not provided at the site for candidates or guests.

10. Can you direct me to some restaurants in the area?
The Connecticut Bar Association has put together a list of restaurants in the area. Please visit the CBA website.External Link

11. What if I am not able to attend the admission ceremony?
If you are unable to attend the admission ceremony, you must submit a letter and an affidavit of good cause to support your request to be excused to the Bar Examining Committee at least one week prior to the ceremony. Once the affidavit is received, other arrangements will be made regarding your admission as an attorney.

12. May I be sworn in prior to the ceremony?
You may not be admitted to practice law prior to the ceremony. Please be aware that your recommendation for admission is valid for 180 days. If you are not admitted within that time, the Bar Examining Committee must re-certify you.

13. When can I begin to practice law in Connecticut?
Please be aware that you may not practice law in Connecticut until you have been admitted as an attorney and have signed the required documents.

14. How can I obtain a certificate of good standing?
Once you have been admitted, you may obtain a certificate of good standing from the Statewide Grievance Committee (860-568-5157), if you need one issued from Connecticut's disciplinary authority, or the Clerk of the Superior Court, Hartford Judicial District (860-548-2700), if you need one issued from the highest court in Connecticut. Certificates of good standing will not be available until approximately sixty (60) days after your admission to the bar.

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