The second floor courtroom in the county courthouse was filled Friday afternoon as family and friends witnessed the swearing in of Ellen Krider to the Oregon State Bar. Circuit Court Judge Gary Thompson gave the oath in a brief ceremony. Typically, Thompson said, the swearing ceremony is conducted in Salem, and often by a member of the state Supreme Court. Krider had served as Thompson's law clerk while studying to become an attorney, and in order to hold the ceremony with family and friends present, she asked the judge to officiate. The Oregon State Bar licenses and regulates Oregon's 13,000 member lawyers. Passing the bar exam is tough; typically, only about 68 percent of attorneys taking the bar exam each year make it past the five hour, 15 minute essay test. Now a member of the Oregon Bar, Krider will work as an associate with another Crook County member of the Bar, Jody Stahancyk of the Bend legal firm of Stahancyk Gearing and Rackner
>Circuit Court Judge Gary Thompson officially administered the oath swearing Prineville resident Ellen Krider to the Oregon Bar Association. Usually administered in Salem, and often by a member of the state Supreme Court, Krider has asked that Thompson, for whom she had served as a law clerk, to perform the office so members of her family and her many friends could observe.