TOPEKA—Successful applicants to the February 2020 Kansas bar examination will be sworn in as Kansas attorneys today.
Because the Kansas Judicial Center is closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attorneys will be sworn in by videoconference.
Chief Justice Marla Luckert of the Supreme Court and Chief Judge Julie Robinson of the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, congratulated the news attorneys by video message.
Starting at 9:30 a.m. today, Supreme Court Justices Carol Beier and Evelyn Wilson will initiate videoconferences with the new attorneys who chose to have their state oath delivered by a Supreme Court justice. Each attorney will be contacted individually.
"We know this is an important day for our new attorneys. Although we can't gather together in the Judicial Center, we want this to be a meaningful start to their new careers," Beier said.
New attorneys who did not choose to have the oath administered by videoconference can be sworn in by a judge of record in the United States. According to Supreme Court rule, the oath can be administered by any judge in the United States or a U.S. territory.
In a typical year, new attorneys and their guests are invited to appear in the Kansas Supreme Court Courtroom. The chief justice and justices of the Supreme Court and a representative of the U.S. District Court welcome them. Members of the Kansas Board of Law Examiners present the new attorneys to the court. The clerk of the Kansas appellate courts administers the state oath, and a representative of the U.S. District Court administers the federal oath.
New attorneys eligible to be sworn in, listed alphabetically by county, are:
"Our guidance answers questions and, hopefully, eases some anxieties of those waiting to hear if the exam usually given in late July will take place and, if so, when," Chief Justice Marla Luckert said.
Joint Kansas Bar Association and The Missouri Bar COVID-19 TownHall: How Lawyers Can Use the CARES Act to help our practices, Our Clients and Our Communities During the Pandemic: Recorded Thursday, April 16, 2020.
On March 27th the Federal Government approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act or CARES Act. This legislation is aimed at providing economic relief for the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES is meant to keep individuals and business afloat while the entire nation deals with “stay at home” orders. The CARES Act provides for direct payments for citizens, loans to small business and fund for public health programs. The CARES Act also provides for student loan assistance.
Beginning on March 13, 2020 and running thru September 30, 2020 federal student loan interest will be set at 0%. These provisions apply to Direct Loan programs (both defaulted and nondefaulted), FFEL Loan (both defaulted and nondefaulted) and Federal Perkins Loans. Please not that some FFEL are privately owned and some Perkins loans are owned by the university. These types of loans are not eligible under the CARES Act.
To determine if your loans are eligible you can contact your loan servicer online or by phone. Your loan servicer is the entity that you pay for monthly loan amount to. You can also contact studentaid.gov for more information.
In addition to a 0% interest rate on eligible student loans for 6 months, the CARES Act will place your student loans in administrative forbearance for 6 months. During this time, you are not required to make your monthly minimum payment. Nor will your loans accrue interest charges.