Jeffrey Freedman, founder and managing attorney of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC., was recently admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court (USSC). Freedman, who was admitted to the USSC in a ceremony led by Chief Justice John Roberts, found the experience awe-inspiring.
“There are several criteria for being admitted, such as securing two attorneys who are already members to sponsor you, and filing paperwork certifying you are of good moral and professional character,” Freedman said. “Then, when you walk into the courtroom you are struck by the history and gravity of the institution.
“The ceiling of the room rises to 44 feet above. Looking around, you see 24 marble plinths holding busts of all of the former chief justices of the court; and an imposing raised mahogany bench, from which the justices hand down the most important rulings in our land.”
Membership to the bar of the USSC allows attorneys to argue cases there, by-pass security, and use the Lawyer’s Lounge, the Library and the Great Hall, where the history of the court is exhibited. They can also listen to oral arguments, delivered by some of the best litigators in the country.
“It was amazing how skillful the lawyers were, and how knowledgable about the cases the Supreme Court Justices were. It’s their job to ask questions and they prepare thoroughly for each case,” Freedman said. “Also, I sat just three seats away from the press table, near Nina Totenberg of NPR and Robert Barnes from the Washington Post.”
Freedman recommends young lawyers apply to be admitted early in their careers to experience the significance of how the Supreme Court sets the stage for all courts across the country, and holds the position of being one of the primary sources for checks and balances in our government.
“In times when it is easy to become cynical we should take every opportunity we can to visit the institutions of this country that have contributed to making America a fair and just society,” he said.