Matthew Brann was administered the oath of office Monday morning as a U.S. District Court judge during an investiture ceremony held at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Williamsport.

Bradford County Commissioner Chairman Doug McLinko was one of the approximately 250 people who attended the ceremony. It was held in Courtroom One, with the overflow of people in Courtroom Two, where there were monitors to watch the ceremony in which Brann was appointed as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

"I like Matthew Brann very, very much, and it was a well deserved appointment and he is going to be a terrific judge," McLinko said. "It was a proud moment for his community and his family and the entire county."

Eric Matthews, chairman of the Bradford County Republican Committee, also attended.

"It really is a great day for Bradford County and for the Middle District," Matthews said. "He's going to be a great judge."

Chief Judge Yvette Kane, with the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, made the opening remarks, and Brann's sons, John and Peter, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kane also administered the oath of office to Brann as Brann's wife, Laura, and sons stood with him while he was officially sworn into office. They also put the robe on Brann.

"It was excellent," McLinko commented.

The Rev. Michael S. McCormick from Canton provided the invocation and U.S. senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey made remarks.

According to McLinko, Toomey stated how much he appreciated working with Casey on Brann's appointment, and how proud he was of Brann and how happy he was for Brann's family and "how he knew he would be a terrific judge." McLinko said Casey echoed these sentiments.

Last December, the news came that Brann was confirmed as U.S. District Court Judge.

According to his biography, Brann, who was a partner at Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz, has served on the boards of a number of charitable and civic organizations, and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.

One of the attorneys in the firm, Evan Williams III, talked about "Brann's character and hard work and family and his ties to the community and his service there, and how he would be a terrific judge," McLinko said.

Mary E. D'Andrea, clerk of courts, read the message from President Obama, who nominated Brann.

In addition, C. Edward S. Mitchell read the remarks of E. Fitzgerald Parnell III, with the ABA Committee on the Judiciary. Parnell was unable to attend as he was out of state presiding over a trial, McLinko said.

According to McLinko, Brann thanked everyone and told them how he had been interested in being a judge for 20 years, and "thanked everyone in court and the justices in attendance." Brann thanked his wife, most importantly, but also his brother, sister, mother, father, and sons, McLinko said.

Afterwards, everyone gathered at the Holiday Inn in Williamsport.

McLinko noted that many members of the Bradford County Bar Association were in attendance.

People from Bradford County attending included county auditor Susan Storch and her husband, Robert; county commissioner Daryl Miller and his wife Kay; and Jim and Darlene VanBlarcom.

Other officials attending included Bradford County Republican state committee people Joyce Grant and her husband, Ed, and Dick Harris and his wife, Betty, as well as state secretary of revenue Dan Meuser and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, and "many different judges and other elected officials," including Bradford County President Judge Maureen Beirne, said McLinko.

In addition, McLinko pointed out that 12 judges of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; four of the U.S. Magistrate Judges, Middle District of Pennsylvania; three U.S. bankruptcy judges, Middle District of Pennsylvania; and two judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, also attended.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com