On a cold January morning, 67 individuals from around the globe entered the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia for a life-changing event. An hour later they all walked out as American citizens.
The Honorable Mark Kearney ’84 CLAS, ’87 CWSL, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, presided over the day’s Naturalization Ceremony. As the Oath of Allegiance was administered, immigrants from 30 nations were unified as Americans.
To celebrate the momentous day, Judge Kearney invited Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Dean of Villanova Law, and Sharon Lopez, President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, to share their thoughts on citizenship.
Dean Alexander delivered an impassioned speech about the civic duty of all Americans to work together for the betterment of our nation—an idea he traced back to the Constitution itself. He explained: