Sheila Bilimoria (J.D. '15), Swearing-In Ceremony

‘Excited … To Be With My Class’ Bilimoria (J.D. ’15) on Swearing-In Ceremony

“I’m excited to see my former professors and to be with my class,” said Sheila Bilimoria (J.D. ’15), of the 2015 Swearing-In Ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 13. “All of us made it through this journey together and this is the final step. It’s a great way to finish up everything.”

Georgia State University College of Law alumni will be sworn into the Georgia Bar, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia in a ceremony on Friday,  Nov. 13.

Bilimoria, who works at Bey & Associates in Atlanta doing general plaintiff work, said Georgia State Law gave her the foundation to be successful her first day on the job.

“I think Georgia State does a great job training you, and one of the best things was being forced to write a complaint in our Civil Procedure class with Professor Curcio,” said Bilimoria, who graduated cum laude in May. “My first assignment was to draft a complaint, and thanks to Georgia State, I knew what I was doing.”

Bilimoria said she chose Georgia State Law primarily because Atlanta is a good lawyering community and the school’s proximity to courts and law firms made opportunities easily accessible. The faculty also played a role.

“It was so great having professors that have a lot of respect in the community and people know who they are,” she said. “But the community of students and how close everyone is—that is the best part of Georgia State.”

Bilimoria devoted many hours contributing to that community with her active participation in student activities.

She got involved with the Public Interest Law Association during her first year, and as its vice president of community outreach in her second year, she launched a partnership between the organization and the Atlanta Lawyer Volunteer Foundation.

“I thought it would be a great way to get pro bono hours, which is a great thing the school offers, and a great way to meet other attorneys and work on projects to give students a real experience as opposed to theoretical stuff we learn,” she said. Bilimoria completed more than 150 hours of pro bono service as a student.

Bilimoria was also an associate research editor for Law Review and a member of the Student Trial Lawyers Association. STLA was the catalyst for her interest in becoming a trial lawyer, she said.

“I happened to try out for mock trial and fell in love with trial work—it made me feel like a lawyer,” the regional champion for the 2015 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition said. “I learned so much about trial work and being an advocate, so I loved being involved in STLA. My long-term goal is to become a good plaintiff’s attorney and be involved in the community.”

Georgia State Law will celebrate Bilimoria and other newly minted lawyers at the annual Swearing-In Ceremonies and breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Georgia State University Student Center, East Ballroom, 44 Courtland St., Atlanta. Representatives with the State Bar of Georgia, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia will be on hand for the ceremonies.

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