By Elizabeth Bobrick
Judge Underhill began by noting that the ceremony illustrated America’s national motto, the Latin phrase e pluribus unum– from many, one. New citizens, he said, “make our country more diverse and special. We can live together as one nation.”
Richard Paladino, president of the Middlesex County Bar Association, ended on a light note. When Mr. Paladino’s grandmother was a young woman, she and her friends used to take the trolley into New Haven and watch trials at the courthouse, “for entertainment, education, and inspiration.” He noted that attending court is still free – and that jury duty is the obligation of all citizens.