Dean María Pabón López Offers Keynote Address at Constitution and Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony

On September 17, 2014, Dean María Pabón López offered the keynote address at the Loyola-hosted Constitution and Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony. The event, organized and offered by The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, was held for citizenship candidates to take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become U.S. citizens. Dean López, who was born in Okinawa and raised in Puerto Rico, was the first person to address the new citizens. She highlighted the U.S. Constitution's historical significance, brevity in comparison to other constitutions, and the unique and welcoming nature of the Equal Protection clause. López noted, "Notice that the Equal Protection clause specifically says “person,” not “citizen.” What this means is that the equality promise of the Equal Protection clause is available by its very terms not only to citizens of this country, but to any person, regardless of citizenship." 

López, an immigration and immigrants' rights expert, is serving her fourth year as Dean of Loyola's College of Law.