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The Western District Celebrates Constitution Day 2009

The United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, celebrated Constitution Day 2009 on Thursday, September 17, 2009 with a naturalization ceremony held at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. The Honorable Jerry W. Venters, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, presided over this event, with Paige Wymore-Wynn, Chief Administrative Officer, administering the Oath of Allegiance. The auditorium in the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum was the backdrop for the fifty applicants, from twenty-six countries, who took the Oath of Allegiance and became citizens.

In addition to the typical fanfare of the naturalization ceremony, the new citizens and their friends and family were treated to a performance by the Van Horn High School choir who sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. The presentation of flags was made by The Missouri Sons of the American Revolution. The Independence Pioneers Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, sponsored a cake and punch reception and handed out small flags and copies of the Constitution.

What is Constitution Day?

Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation’s birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the United States Constitution.

Law Clerk Reception

The Western District of Missouri Federal Law Clerk Society held a reception at the Whittaker courthouse on Thursday, September 17. The annual reception is held to welcome incoming law clerks to the court and to recognize the efforts of the out-going law clerks. This year's reception was well-attended and enjoyed by all.

For more information on the Western District of Missouri Federal Law Clerk Society, or to be kept informed of the group's events, please contact Christine Blegen

Bar Ceremony Held for New Attorneys

Newly admitted Missouri Bar members had an opportunity to be sworn-in to both the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri on September 17, 2009.

Judges from both districts presided over the ceremony held in the historic and stunningly beautiful rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol Building. The Honorable William A. Knox, U.S. Magistrate Judge, WDMO welcomed the 241 new members, and the Honorable Rodney W. Sippel, EDMO gave the address.

Friends and family were invited to attend this distinguished event.

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