A woman who was sworn in while a judge held her young son is hoping the video of the sweet moment inspires parents everywhere.
Juliana Lamar’s swearing in ceremony took place Nov. 8 before Judge Richard Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The 27-year-old Nashville resident graduated from Belmont University College of Law in May and passed the bar exam in July.
“I’ve always wanted to be lawyer, a mom and a wife so to have my son see me get sworn in was an amazing moment in my life,” Lamer told “Good Morning America. “Some nights I wondered how I was going to handle getting through law school, taking the bar, being a mom and becoming a lawyer. This moment let me know that I did it.”
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This feeling is indescribable. To say you”™re going to do something then do it is such an amazing feat. There were a few times during this journey that brought me to my knees asking God for strength and reason. I”™m glad he heard every prayer!! I”™M A LICENSED ATTORNEY!! âš–ï¸ Today, I was sworn in to the Tennessee Bar by my mentor, Judge Dinkins, who has helped and guided me into my legal career, and my baby boy Beckham, who motivates me to keep going everyday and has been with me during half of my law school “experience.”â¤ï¸Thank you to my Husband for being there during all the late nights, all the suits you”™ve ironed ðŸ˜‰, coffee you”™ve bought to keep me awake, and taking my laptop to force me to go to sleep. Thank you to my Mom, for believing in me, knowing my potential, and (trying) to make me not be so hard on myself. Thank you all for your love and support. ðŸ˜¬
At the ceremony, Lamar was accompanied by her husband Javon Lamar, mom Ana Hendriks, classmate Chubi Echetebu, co-worker Gale Robinson and friend Chicoiya Smith.
But the youngest and very special guest was her 1-year-old son Beckham, who Judge Richard Dinkins enlisted as his assistant that day.
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“[The judge] looked at Beckham and said, ‘You’re going to help me do the swearing in,'” Lamar recalled.
Chicoiya Smith recorded footage and Lamar shared it on her Instagram page.
“This lets [parents] know they can do it–having a child while pursuing a career…it’s positive and motivates people,” Lamar said. “You can do both.”
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