Roof sworn in as attorney
A special ceremony was held in the Elk County Courthouse Courtroom Wednesday afternoon to swear in attorney Brittany A. Roof to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.Elk County President Judge Richard A. Masson, district attorney Bradley Kraus, Roof's family members and other members of the bar were on hand to witness Roof's admission.Roof was born and raised in Elk County and currently resides in Allegheny County. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and recently obtained her law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh in May of 2011. "She has achieved academic excellence, obtaining awards, honors and accolades that are too numerous to mention," said attorney Shawn McMahon.Roof sat for the bar exam in July of 2011 and received notification by the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners that she successfully passed the exam in October of 2011.Prior to Judge Masson administering the oath, he read from a lecture written by 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln."I have found some new comments that I thought would be appropriate for today," Masson said. "They are from probably the most famous attorney who has ever practiced before the courts in this country."As typical of Lincoln they recite some very high ideals and provide some very pertinent examples and I would like to share some of his observations of what it means to be an attorney and what it means to practice law. "'Obtaining justice is one of those desirable things which individuals cannot do or cannot well do for themselves. We lawyers must ourselves be its author and finisher, prepared to do justice when the people look to us for counsel. Justice is not a fiction; and though it is often held to be a sentiment only, or a remote idea, it is real, and it is founded and guarded on all sides by the strongest powers of divine and human law.'"Pick up a copy of the Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.