Judge Bounces New Lawyer’s Baby During Viral Swearing-In Ceremony, Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Cuteness

Working moms have a unique set of struggles that make getting back to their careers difficult (not to mention that parental leave is often absurdly short and unrealistic). But a Tennessee judge made sure to include a new lawyer’s baby in her swearing-in ceremony, and folks are praising him—and his baby-bouncing skills.

Belmont University College of Law graduate Juliana Lamar was sworn in last week, and her one-year-old son Beckham was there to celebrate. Beckham, who was born while Lamar was in law school, got first row seats to his mom’s special moment. As Judge Richard Dinkins performed the ceremony, he expertly bounced Beckham in his arm.

Understandably, the footage went viral as a reminder that there are kind, child-friendly professionals in the world and that having a baby does not mean giving up your career goals.

Lamar, who underwent a C-section, had to show up for law school classes a week later because her school had a strict policy about how many classes a student could miss. Lamar credits her husband, Javon, with getting her through the rough moments after Beckham’s birth so she could finish school.

“The pressure I felt was horrible, and I hope it has led my law school to rethink its policies for future mothers,” Lamar said. “I understand having a child during law school is often a choice, however, as young female professionals there is not a perfect time for us to have children.”

“Judge Dinkins has also been a guiding light during my legal career,” Lamar told BuzzFeed News. “When I was nine months pregnant, the day before I found out I needed to be induced, Judge Dinkins spoke on the importance of voting at an event I hosted as the President of my school’s Black Law Students’ Association. During this event Judge Dinkins reminded me of how proud he was of me and that he knew I would do great things, even with a baby in tow.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi