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Tennessee Judge Holds Law Student’s Baby While Swearing Her In

A video of the sweet ceremony has gone viral online.

A Tennessee judge swore in a law student he once mentored while holding her 1-year-old baby during the oath.  

Juliana Lamar formally earned her right to practice law last week and had her whole family present to watch her get sworn in. And to make the event extra special, Judge Richard Dinkins, Lamar’s mentor, insisted that her 1-year-old son Beckham should be involved. 

A video of Judge Dinkins holding Beckham while Lamar took oath was taken and circulated online — it quickly became a feel-good viral hit.
Lamar became pregnant with Beckham halfway through law school at Belmont University College of Law. She said she returned to class the day after giving birth in October 2018 because of the school’s strict attendance policy.
"The pressure I felt was horrible, and I hope it has led my law school to rethink its policies for future mothers," Lamar told BuzzFeed News. "I understand having a child during law school is often a choice — however, as young female professionals, there is not a perfect time for us to have children."
Lamar also credited Judge Dinkins for being “a guiding light during my legal career." After interning with him during her first year of law school, she asked him specifically to swear her in.
“When I was 9 months pregnant, the day before I found out I needed to be induced, Judge Dinkins spoke on the importance of voting at an event I hosted as the president of my school’s Black Law Students Association,” she explained. “During this event, Judge Dinkins reminded me of how proud he was of me and that he knew I would do great things, even with a baby in tow."