Public Outreach and Education - Constitution Day

September 15, 2016
See also: New Citizens Take Oath Coast to Coast

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the GSMNP and also in celebration of Constitution/Citizenship Day, Chief Judge Varlan presided over a Naturalization Ceremony of 40 new citizens held on the lawn of the Administration Building of the GSMNP next to Sugarland Visitors Center. Chief Judge Varlan shared with the new citizens the framed certificate of his grandfather that hangs in his office in the Knoxville courthouse. The pledge was led by the 4th grade class of Pi Beta Phi Elementary School and the National Anthem was sung by Lakieta Bagwell with the Smoky Mountain Opry.
Constitution Day 2014
September 12, 2014 - Over 150 students participated in Constitution Day activities presented by the Chattanooga Division and the Federal Bar Association.
Constitution Day 2013
September 17, 2013 - The Chattanooga Federal Bar Association sponsors an annual program for Constitution Day to bring students from area high schools to Federal Court to participate in a scripted program about the Constitution. It is a great learning experience for all the students. School groups from Red Bank High School and East Hamilton High School Participated in the program. Presentations were given by U.S. District Judge Collier, Magistrate Judges Carter and Lee, and Bankruptcy Judge Rucker.
Constitution Day 2012
District Judge Collier, District Judge Mattice, Magistrate Judge Lee, Magistrate Judge Carter and Bankruptcy Judge Rucker hosted area high school students to participate in a scripted, interactive program to commemorate Constitution Day 2012.
Constitution Day 2011
District Judge Collier hosts students from an area high school to commemorate Consitution Day
Constitution Day 2009
Area high school students commemorated Constitution Day 2009 by participating in the U.S. District Court's third annual celebration of the establishment of the Constitution of the United States.

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association sponsored the event.

Chief United States District Judge Curtis L. Collier provided the students with a historical perspective on the Constitution, which included a skit written by the judge and performed by students. Magistrate Judge William Carter brought the Bill of Rights to life with stories of his own experiences as a criminal defense attorney and as a judge. Magistrate Judge Susan Lee entertained and educated with a Constitutional Law Trivia Game, and United States District Judge Harry S. Mattice answered students' questions, encouraged them to read the country's founding documents, and sent them off to get cookies and pocket Constitution for the bus ride back to school.

Chattanooga Court Hosts Constitution Day Event
On September 17, 2007, the Chattanooga Division, with the assistance of the Federal Bar Association, hosted the first annual Constitution Day event for local high school students. Students from David Brainerd Christian School, Hixson High School, and Red Bank High School participated in the event. The event included an interactive speech by Chief Judge Curtis L. Collier focusing on the importance and perseverance of the Constitution, a lesson on the Bill of Rights by Magistrate Judge William Carter, as well as a student-oriented question and answer session structured much like a game-show, hosted by Magistrate Judge Susan Lee. The event concluded with refreshments during which the students mingled with several judges as well as court personnel.
Chief Judge Collier Speaks to Students on Constitution
As part of Constitution Day activities, Judge Collier gave a speech to students at Covenant College on the history and background of the Constitution. Following the speech, Judge Collier fielded questions from the students about the federal judiciary. Prior to the presentation, Judge Collier and his law clerk, Raven Winters, enjoyed dinner with the school's Pre-Law Society and student government leaders.