PARIS – A swearing-in ceremony of a new lawyer took place in Oxford County Superior Court on Nov. 11.

It’s only the second time in at least 27 years that the ceremony has been held in the Paris court, said Clerk of Courts Donna Howe.

Maine Law Court Justice Robert Clifford presided as Emmett Beliveau, son of well-known attorney Severin Beliveau, pledged to practice law under the ethical standards set by the Maine Overseers of the Bar.

Beliveau is a founding member and senior partner of the Maine law firm of Preti Flaherty Beliveau Pachios and Haley, one of northern New England’s largest law firms.

New lawyers are usually sworn in in groups several times a year in courts in Lewiston and Portland, said Howe. Beliveau asked Clifford to preside over the ceremony in the Paris court because he began his practice in Rumford.

About 50 people, mostly Beliveau’s family, attended the event.

The Paris court was last used for a swearing-in when Paris attorney Dana Hanley arranged for a ceremony involving several people from his law firm, including his wife.


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