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Join Dean Daniel Rodriguez in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 10, 2014 for a special admission ceremony to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court for Northwestern Law alumni.

Scheduled Events

Sunday, March 9, 2014
5:00PM – 7:00PM   
Welcome Gathering (optional)
  Participants and guests are invited to stop by our Hospitality Suite and socialize with one another. Terese Molinaro, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, will be available to answer questions about the Admission Ceremony. Light snacks will be provided.

Hyatt Regency Washington at Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Glacier Room, Second Floor Conference Space
Washington, DC 20001

Monday, March 10, 2014
Arrive at the Supreme Court 
  Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20543
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Please use the Bar Member’s entrance on the corner of First Street and East Capitol Street.See map for exact location. Participants will be directed to the Northwestern Law breakfast room once through Security.
9:00AM – 10:00AM  Continental Breakfast
  Supreme Court Building, East Conference Room

Breakfast will consist of a buffet of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fruit and assorted pastries. Fruit juice and coffee will be available.

10:00AM – 11:00AM Group Admission Ceremony
  Please note that cellular devices and cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. Attendees will be instructed to leave their belongings in the assigned Northwestern Law room. Items will be secure during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony a group photo will be taken
(weather permitting) on the front steps of the building.

11:00AM  11:30AM
Supreme Court Lecture (optional)
  The lecture is given by Supreme Court staff in the Upper Great Hall and will last 30 minutes. Please note the new time.  
Lunch (optional)
  Participants should make their own arrangements for lunch.
1:25PM Arrive at U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (tour participants)
  The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First Street and East Capitol Street.
Washington, DC 20515
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Participants should arrive 45 minutes early to pick up Tour Passes and go through Security. Terese Molinaro will hand out tickets in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center starting at 1:15 PM. She will be standing at the Statue of Freedom in Emancipation Hall. Any tickets not picked up by 1:45 PM will be forfeited.

For general information about touring the U.S. Capitol, go to Please note that the U.S. Capitol is subject to unscheduled suspension of tours.
Group Tour of the U.S. Capitol (optional)    

The tour of the historic Capitol includes a 45-minute guided walking tour as well as a 13-minute orientation film.

Escalators and elevators are located near public stairways and wheelchairs are available upon request.

*Events are subject to change. Please refer to this website for an updated schedule of events.


Please note that each person being admitted to the Court may bring one guest into the Supreme Court to witness the swearing-in. There are no exceptions to this rule.  Children under the age of 6 are not admitted into the courtroom for the ceremony.

Travel & Accommodations

Each participant is responsible for making his or her own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Washington at a discounted rate of $275 per night. Visit this website to reserve this special Northwestern Law rate. Reservation deadline is February 9, 2014.

          Hyatt Regency Washington at Capitol Hill
          400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
          Washington, DC 20001
          (202) 737-1234

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott at a discounted rate of $339 per night. Please call the hotel directly to reserve a room at this special Northwestern Law rate. Mention the room block Northwestern Law Supreme Court Admission when making your reservations. You can also visit this website to reserve the special Northwestern Law rate. Reservation deadline is February 15, 2014.

           JW Marriott
           1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
           Washington, DC 20004
           (202) 393-2000

Requirements for Admission

  • To qualify for admission to the Bar of this Court, an applicant must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the district of Columbia for a period of at least three years immediately before the date of application; must not have been the subject of any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period; and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.

  • Each applicant shall submit (1) a certificate from the presiding judge, clerk or other authorized official of that court evidencing the applicant's admission to practice there and the applicant's current good standing, and (2) a completely executed copy of the form approved by this Court and furnished by the Clerk containing (a) the applicant's personal statement (the application and certificate of good standing serve as your personal statement), and (b) the signature of two sponsors endorsing the correctness of the applicant's statement, stating that the applicant is of good moral and professional character. Both sponsors must be members of the Bar of this Court who personally know, but are not related to, the applicant.

  • $200 check made payable to "U.S. Supreme Court" to cover the admission fee.

  • The admission form can be found on the Supreme Court website.

  • If you are admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, please call (217) 782-2035 to obtain a certificate of good standing. You can also visit this website for more information.

Please note that the application deadline has passed and we are not accepting additional participants.


Contact Terese Molinaro, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at or (312) 503-1793.