Hastings Michigan News
New attorney sworn in
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 18:00 pm
Hastings Michigan News

Hastings Michigan News


Paul Guenther, after being sworn in Friday, with Barry County Chief Judge William Doherty and Barry County Bar Association President Robert Byington.

Rebecca Pierce


Hastings native Paul Guenther was sworn in to the practice of law Friday, Nov. 8, by Barry County Chief Judge William Doherty.

Barry County Bar Association President Robert Byington made the motion with Guenther by his side as his parents, Jeff and Julie Guenther, fiancee Alex Reid, family and friends looked on.

“Today is a rather rare occasion in the Barry County Circuit Court,” Byington said. “Only every few years does this court have the opportunity to welcome and admit a new member of the State Bar of Michigan. … This is only the third time in my career of over 42 years that I have had this privilege.”

The first time Byington made such a motion to admit a new attorney to practice of law, it was for Doherty, he said.

The admission of a new member to the Michigan State Bar Association follows rules that require confirmation of good character and fitness to serve, and certification that the candidate has passed the state bar exam.

Byington confirmed that all the requirements have been fulfilled.

Guenther graduated from the University of Alabama, summa cum laude, in 2014, and Michigan State University law school in 2019. He has joined the firm of Honigman LLP in Detroit.

“It is thus with pride that I now move this court to enter its order admitting Paul W. Guenther to the practice of law,” Byington said. “... I have no doubt that [he] will further the purposes of the State Bar of Michigan in improving the administration of justice, advancing jurisprudence in this state, and improving relations between the legal profession and the public as well as promoting the interests of the legal profession in this state.”