IndyBar: Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

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“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

—from Emma Lazarus’ poem on Statue of Liberty


iba-naturalization.jpg New citizens are greeted and congratulated at the conclusion of a naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. District Courthouse in March 2013.

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony – and you can be a part of it during 2015.

Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar in 2015 during these ceremonies, typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown.

This is a happy occasion that the IndyBar is proud to be a part of, and it’s an exceedingly positive moment to witness as a volunteer. The presiding federal judges are typically in high spirits and the new citizens are happy and proud, surrounded by beaming family members.

The volunteer commitment is approximately one hour. Constitution booklets for the new citizens need to be picked up at the IndyBar office. A sample speech is provided.

If you would like to represent the IndyBar at the naturalization ceremonies during 2015, please email Caren Chopp at [email protected]. Please indicate if you have a preference or availability for a specific month.•

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