Remarks from the high scorers of the Texas Bar Examination. BY MICHELLE HAWS Thank you Chief Justice Hecht, justices and judges, members of the bar, family, and friends who have joined us here today. I am incredibly honored and grateful to be speaking to all of you this morning. Congratulations to all of my fellow Texas Bar Exam passers! I’m sure everyone is eager to get sworn in, so I will keep this brief. I don’t have any profound wisdom or nuggets of life-changing advice to share, but what I do have is a lot of gratitude. I am grateful for the education I received at my law school, South Texas College of Law Houston. It prepared me not only for the bar exam, but for the practice of law. I am grateful to be starting my law career off in a practice area I’m excited about—litigation—at a firm where everyone has been so willing to give me opportunities to learn. I am grateful for all of the friends who have made me laugh and kept me sane through this law school journey. But most importantly, I am grateful for the immense support and love from my parents, Tom and Vicki; my brother, T.J.; and especially my sweet, patient, infinitely understanding husband, Russ. Without you, I could not have achieved any of this. I’m sure all of my colleagues getting sworn in this morning feel this same immense gratitude toward the institutions and people who have been so instrumental in getting us to this moment. Congratulations again to all of you. We’ve worked hard to earn the right to call ourselves attorneys. Over the course of our careers, I hope we all wear that title with the integrity and dedication that it deserves. Thank you. BY CLINTON J. KUYKENDALL Thank you all! First and foremost, I want to say congratulations to all of you. I know how difficult the road to this moment was for me, and I can only imagine that your path was equally as challenging. For me, and likely you, becoming a member of the Texas Bar is the crowning achievement of that journey thus far. And it’s the one I’m most proud of. I want to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of all of the new members of the Texas Bar to the people who supported and encouraged us along the way. I know I wouldn’t be here without my family and friends, and I am sure everyone here would say the same. So, thank you to all of those people. I would also like to thank the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Bar for this honor. I was truly surprised when Justice Willett called and delivered the news of Michelle’s and my accomplishment. Thank you all, I am very grateful for this honor today. Lastly, I just want to say congratulations to all of you again. You’ve all accomplished so much through the years, including your undergraduate degree, your law degree, and many other achievements. Today, we get to celebrate this accomplishment together. I am beyond excited to be returning to Texas, and I look forward to meeting and working with many of you over the years. Thank you again, and I wish you all good luck and great success in your life and legal practice. Thank you.
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