Press Release

NIU Law Alumni Admitted to the
U.S. Supreme Court Bar

June 19, 2012

DeKalb, Ill..–- Northern Illinois University College of Law alumni and guests were admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court on May 21, 2012. The amazing day started at the Supreme Court with a private continental breakfast hosted by NIU Law Professor Mark Cordes for the eight inductees and their guests. The unforgettable swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and alumnus Abel Smith (’89) served as the movant for the group. Directly following the ceremony, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg each visited with the NIU Law group and welcomed the newest admittees to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, the day concluded with a private celebratory luncheon at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse.

Swearing-In Ceremony Photos

Washington D.C. Reception Photos

The NIU Law alumni admitted to the bar at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pictured from left: Jaime Oss, Jerry Huelet (’81), Nate Himert (’07), Matt Pfeiffer (’00), Movant Abel Smith (’89), Ryan Holmes (‘03), Nina Cosentino Burkert (‘02), Blake Cosentino (’03), and Lisa Matich (’01) were admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on May 21, 2012.


For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or