Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

United States District Court
District of Maine

**PRESS RELEASE**

Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

August 28, 2017

            In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, the United States District Court for the District of Maine will host a naturalization ceremony on September 19, 2017.  Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen will preside over the ceremony with Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Peter G. Cary and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael A. Fagone.  The Court anticipates that seventy immigrants from countries around the world will take the oath of citizenship during the ceremony. 

            The Court will also observe the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States and the 228th anniversary of the federal courts, which were established by the Judiciary Act of 1789.  The District of Maine was one of the original thirteen district courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789.  A district court was created in each of the eleven states that ratified the Constitution by September, 1789, as well as in Maine (then a part of Massachusetts) and Kentucky (then a part of Virginia).  The first judge of the Court was David Sewall of York who was appointed by President George Washington in September, 1789.

            The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center – Hannaford Hall Auditorium, located at 88 Bedford Street in Portland, Maine. For more information about the ceremony, contact Clerk of Court Christa K. Berry at (207) 780-3356.