On November 18, 2019, Attorney Joe Joseph was sworn into the Supreme Court of the United States.
Through the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ), Attorney Joseph traveled to Washington D.C. where he sat in front of the Supreme Court Justices and was formally admitted by the Court along with other members of OAJ.
What does being sworn in mean? It allows Attorney Joseph to argue cases before the Supreme Court, use the court’s library as a resource, and have priority seating to hear oral arguments before the Court among other things.
While the process only takes about five minutes, it’s a truly unique and sought-after honor.
Before being admitted into the Supreme Court, attorneys must be registered to practice in the highest courts of their licensed states for a minimum of three years. On top of that, the Court must believe the attorney is of good moral and professional character and two standing members of the Court must also sponsor the applicant.
Once these qualifications are met and a strict application is approved, attorneys are formally invited to the Supreme Court to be sworn in.
Describing the experience, Attorney Joseph said “The day was a very special honor. To sit with many of my colleagues and have my name announced before the Supreme Court Justices and be admitted into the highest court of our land, was memorable and humbling. The history and importance of our SCOTUS is immeasurable and I am extremely grateful to the Ohio Association for Justice for this opportunity.”