Bradford County can be proud that one of its' own now holds the title of federal judge. Matthew Brann, a native of Canton, was sworn in on Monday at the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Williamsport in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Brann started with a degree from Notre Dame, then graduated from Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law.

He brings more than two decades of legal expertise to the federal judgeship. A partner in the Brann, Williams, Caldwell & Sheetz firm, serving the Canton and Troy areas, he has worked since 1991 on civil trial litigation, corporate and commercial transactions, probate and estate planning and general real estate transactions.

Mr. Brann was the solicitor for both Canton's Borough Council and the Canton School District.

Many people in the county also know him from his participation with Boy Scouting, the Lions Club, Guthrie Health and the Endless Mountains Music Festival, among other local charitable and civic organizations.

Mr. Brann donned his robe on Monday after a lengthy political process. Last year, it was a bipartisan collaboration between senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) that led to his recommendation. President Obama officially nominated Mr. Brann in May and by Christmas, Senate confirmation had followed.

Mr. Brann told the crowd at his swearing in that he's been interested in being a judge for 20 years. We wish him the best and echo the sentiments of many at the ceremony that he is going to be a great judge.