Timothy Corrigan, United States District Judge, presided over a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens from 27 countries at the Duval County Courthouse, the first ever naturalization ceremony held in a state courthouse in Duval County. Over 200 students and teachers from Lavilla School of the Arts and San Jose Episcopal Day School attended the ceremony along with state court judges from the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Following the ceremony Judge Corrigan and Marcia Morales Howard, United States District Judge, enjoyed lunch and conversation with the students.
Photos of the naturalization ceremony on February 25, 2020, are by Ed Fernandez of Executive Video and Photographic.
Left: Judges of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida congratulating new United States citizens: (left to right) the Honorable Gary Wilkinson, the Honorable John Guy, and the Honorable Karen Cole.
Left: Judge Corrigan administers the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in the Duval County Courthouse to 50 new citizens from 27 countries.
Right: The oldest new United States citizen from Iraq introduces himself to Judge Corrigan; standing to his left and looking on in admiration is the youngest new United States citizen from Ukraine.
Left: Distinguished guests attending the naturalization ceremony at the Duval County Courthouse: (left to right) Charlie Cofer, Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida; Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida; Lisa Bradley, Field Office Director, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; Marcia Morales Howard, United States District Judge, Middle District of Florida; Tatiana Salvador, Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida, and featured speaker at the ceremony.
Right: Mr. Cofer congratulating the oldest new citizen.