A video of a judge bouncing a baby in his arms, while swearing-in the toddler’s mother as an attorney, is going viral on social media.
Judge Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals was seen carrying the boy, named Beckham, in one arm while reading the oath of admission to Juliana Lamar, who was being sworn in as an attorney to the Tennessee Bar.
The incident went viral after one of Lamar’s law school colleagues, Sarah Martin, filmed and shared it online.
Watch the video here:
Y’all. Judge Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals swore in my law school colleague with her baby on his hip, and I’ve honestly never loved him more. pic.twitter.com/kn0L5DakHO
— Sarah Martin (@sarahfor5) November 9, 2019
Lamar told Fox 17 Nashville that Judge Dinkins saw her one-year-old son in the crowd and wanted him to be a part of the ceremony. He took on the responsibility of carrying the child. Dinkins had been a mentor to the young lawyer, who was worked as a clerk for him while studying law at the Belmont University College of Law.
Lamar gave birth to Beckham last year, while she was a third-year student, and had returned to class just over a week after giving birth.
“She was back at school within a week of an emergency c-section before she was even allowed to drive or climb stairs,” Martin wrote on Twitter.
Lamar said none of this would have been possible without the support of her mentor, family and her baby. Thanking them, she shared a few photos and wrote a post on Instagram.
“Thank you to my Husband for being there during all the late nights, all the suits you’ve ironed 😉, coffee you’ve bought to keep me awake, and taking my laptop to force me to go to sleep”, she wrote about her spouse, Javon, on her Instagram page.
As the video of the judge went viral, people on Twitter remarked about how cute Beckham is, the judge’s ability to handle the child, and praised the young woman for achieving her objective.
Beautiful 😭😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/QV48zhCw9T
— SUNNI (@SunniAndTheCity) November 12, 2019
I love this! Juliana Lamar said she wanted to be a wife, a mom and a lawyer. Now she’s all three. https://t.co/CrD7mS935Z
— Briana Collins (@BrianaFoxIL) November 12, 2019
Wow, I feel this! I had my first son smack dab in the middle of 3L year, and that messy and glorious combination of love, support, grace, struggle, triumph, pain and *so much more love* leaves an indelible mark. https://t.co/K5CAfUV86F
— Cat of Alexandria (on a break) (@logical_lauren) November 11, 2019
Think how different things would be if more working moms had this kind of support within their industry. We make it so hard for women to have careers and a family. This is such a nice thing to see.
— Stephanie (@_stephanieESQ) November 11, 2019
Great example of true gender respect in the work place. This woman is given space to live her full life. She can and will practice law while being a parent, and that judge is modeling what it means to be a professional human rather then a professional and a human. Bravo to all!!!
— sara urowitz (@saraurowitz) November 10, 2019
That is so classy!! What we need in the Supreme Court these days, more humility, caring kindness and empathy!!!
— Thomas McCue Holleran (@thomasholleran) November 10, 2019
Aww! There should be babies and kids in more places, I say 🙂🙂
— Harcourt Fenton Mudd (@HFentonMudd) November 10, 2019
This is what a real man is about.compassion, integrity. ❤️
— Debbie Dease (@debbie_dease) November 10, 2019
Her baby’s right hand is raised throughout the oath too. 😊
— Ziad Fazel (@ZiadFazel) November 9, 2019
Got the bounce and everything. That’s expert level grandpa right there.
— SamPiper (@SamPiper74) November 9, 2019
Lamar is working on a two-year clerkship with the state trial court and when that is over, she will start looking for other jobs.
“I hope that this story gives other young women and young mothers the inspiration to know that you can do it, even if you’re faced with a crazy attendance policy or you’re just worried that you can’t do it,” she said. “If I can do it, literally anyone can do it,” Lamer told CNN.