Judge swears in new lawyer

DOWNEY - Tuan Le, who has worked in a Downey law office the past four years, passed the bar exam in July and was sworn-in by Judge Ana Maria Luna in a morning ceremony last Friday at Downey Superior Court.Le, originally from the Bay Area, has a Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles. He has spent the past four years with the Law Offices of Steve Lopez. "Working with the people of Downey has been a pleasure, and I look forward to serving them in a greater capacity in the years to come," Le told the audience. During the swearing-in ceremony, Judge Luna stressed two core values of law practice: diligence and enthusiasm. Quoting President Abraham Lincoln, Luna told Le that diligence, combined with being one step ahead of the opposing party, is crucial for new attorneys. "Know their side of the case better than they do, nothing is more impressive in front of the judge and jury," Luna said. Luna also reminded the audience of the need for compassion and enthusiasm. "Enjoyment of the profession, coupled with compassion for your client, should be your guide to a successful career," Luna said. Following the ceremony, Le said he appreciated Luna's advice. "Judge Luna's guiding words gave me tremendous excitement for the future, but were also a reminder of the large role lawyers play in their client's lives, and in society as a whole," he said.

********** Published: December 9, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 34