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Family Affair at Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts had just one question for the nine lawyers facing him in the Supreme Court Monday, "Nobody wanted to be a doctor?" The nine were all members of the same family and were at the Supreme Court to be admitted together to its bar. It was, as Lyle Denniston observes at SCOTUSBlog, "the largest family group admitted together since the Perla family joined the bar in 1994."

The family affair was the realization of a longtime dream for New York lawyer Donald Snyder, says an article in the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Snyder had wanted to be admitted to the Supreme Court since he passed the bar exam in 1966. When his partner did it 30 years ago, he said, "No, I want to wait and see what happens with my family."

What happened is a family of lawyers. At yesterday's ceremony with Snyder (according to Associated Press) were his wife Mary Theresa, daughter Elizabeth, daughter Graceanne Snyder and her husband Patrick Quinn, daughter Mary Snyder Radel and her husband Patrick Radel, son John and Donald's brother Gerard.

Finally, an action from the Supreme Court that everyone can agree promotes family values.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 17, 2006 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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