Chadrick “Chad” Mance was sworn in as an attorney in the state of Georgia at a ceremony Friday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse.
A large group of family and friends attended the ceremony, where Senior Judge Robert Struble swore Mance in.
Mance called it an indescribable feeling to have so many people on hand for the occasion.
He said the swearing-in puts things into perspective.
“Sometimes I think if people like Dr. King, Robert Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy could comment on the progress we have made as a nation and a community, what would they say about things like this?” said Mance. “This is just a humbling experience.”
Mance is the second African-American attorney practicing in Stephens County.
Prior to his swearing-in, many in attendance stood and spoke to Mance, congratulating him and calling him a role model for younger generations.
As for his future plans, Mance said he does not want to limit himself.
“The most important thing is that I believe that legal institutions are created to help people and encourage people to help each other,” said Mance. “What I will be doing is furthering that mission. I am a Christian man and I believe in all that we do, we are supposed to help others and do it with excellence. I begin by saying that excellence will certainly be on the agenda. Trial work will certainly be on the agenda and community service will certainly be on the agenda. Wherever the winds of life blow is where I will follow.”
Mance graduated from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and then law school at the University of Georgia.