An appeal court judge and a new lawyer have gone viral because of a heart-warming video on Twitter.
The video features Richard Dinkins, judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, who’s swearing in a new lawyer, Juliana Lamar, while bouncing the latter’s toddler on his hip.
Lamar had asked the judge to personally swear her in, according to Today. Lamar, who interned with the judge in her first year of school and was mentored by the judge during her second year, said that Dinkins grabbed the child because “he wanted him to be part of it.”
The clip was captured by Lamar’s former uni classmate, Sarah Martin, who said that Lamar “is a badass” who “was back at school within a week of an emergency c-section before she was even allowed to drive or climb stairs.”
Martin also said she has “honestly never loved [Dinkins] more,” after witnessing what the judge did. In a later tweet, she said that the judge taught her what she considers as her most important legal writing lesson: “Write as though the reader knows nothing about your argument, and make sure by the end, the reader has no questions.”
Lamar will be in a judicial clerkship in August next year, Martin said. She intends to practise sports and entertainment law, as well as corporate law.
Y'all. Judge Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals swore in my law school colleague with her baby on his hip, and I've honestly never loved him more. pic.twitter.com/kn0L5DakHO
— Sarah Martin (@sarahfor5) November 9, 2019