Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Making of a Judge


Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing the investiture ceremony for my friend James D. Smith to be sworn in as a Superior Court Judge.  James is my close friend David's brother.  That is James on the left taking the oath of office from the Honorable Scott Bales, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.


The Robing of the New Judge was done by Susan R. Smith, James and David's mother.  


My friend David said a few words about James as did several other of James' friends and colleagues.  


And then, James addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming.  He even have a few classmates from law school who were kind enough to to brave the extreme temperatures of Phoenix in August to attend the ceremony.  

Congratulations James!  You are going to make an excellent judge.  All the best to you!  

14 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Congratulations and best wishes to James, and well done for capturing his special moment!

Thérèse said...

What a chance to have been able to witness such a ceremony amid friends! It must have been such a very proud moment for you all.
I must admit I don’t have much understanding of all the different distinctions but always told myself that the simplest way to deal with it would be to wish never having to appear in such a court…

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Congrats to James, you captured the moment perfectly Sharon.

Kate said...

A great honor and a wonderful ceremony to witness.

LOLfromPasa said...

Feel like I was there too. Best of luck to James.

Birdman said...

Here Come the Judge!

William Kendall said...

Congratulations to James!

RedPat said...

Now that is not a post we see very often, Sharon! It must have been very moving to witness the ceremony.

VP said...

Congratulations to James!

Judy said...

Wow! That must have been an honor to witness. And speaking of honor, now will you have to call him "Your Honor"?

Steve Reed said...

Congrats to James! It may not help to know a judge, but it certainly can't hurt!

cieldequimper said...

VIP! Congratulations!

Catalyst said...

I've known many judges, most good, some bad. Here's hoping James will be one of the good ones.

Jack said...

This is certainly a big moment for James and all of his family. Congratulations to him! I hope he enjoys his time on the bench.