IBA: Attorneys needed for naturalization ceremonies

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Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse presided over by members of our federal judiciary formally grants citizenship to newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony – and members of the IndyBar can be a part of it.

An IndyBar representative participates in each ceremony reinforcing the role of attorneys in the United States justice system. The Bar’s representative makes brief remarks and presents each new citizen with a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions. The Bar is seeking volunteers to take part in the ceremonies to be held in May, June, and July; typically on Thursdays twice each month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown.

The ceremonies are solemn, yet celebratory occasions that provides those present with a unique opportunity to honor our country and those that have sought to gain citizenship. Previous representatives have called the ceremonies “inspiring”, “emotional”, and “reaffirming”.

The volunteer commitment is for approximately one hour, and sample remarks are provided. Those interested in representing the IndyBar at the naturalization ceremonies should e-mail Caren Chopp at [email protected] indicating availability in May, June and/or July.•

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