State Representative Margo McDermed was one of 6 Illinois state lawmakers who were sworn in to the United States Supreme Court this week.
In order to be sworn in to the Supreme Court, you must be admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years, must have a clean disciplinary record during that three-year period, and the court must be satisfied that you are of good moral and professional character.
The Court also requires a letter of good standing from the presiding judge, clerk, or other official from your home state’s highest court, plus two sponsors who can attest that you meet the Court’s requirements, and who are current members of the Supreme Court bar.
Rep. McDermed and her fellow lawmakers are now able to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court, should they wish. The ceremony happened during what is known as “Supreme Court Week”. The Court, which is typically in recess over the summer, begins hearing its cases for the year starting on the first Monday in October. The Court hears oral arguments in cases from October through April before issuing their decisions later in the spring.