In commemoration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Upper Iowa University Student Life hosted guest speaker First District Court Judge Alan Heavens at Fayette Campus Thursday, September 17. Students, faculty and staff in attendance joined the guest speaker in following UIU’s Care Plan guidelines by wearing face coverings and distancing.
Judge Heavens, Garnavillo, Iowa, was appointed to the bench in February 2019. He graduated cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota in 2002, and received his law degree from the same institution in 2010. Heavens previously served as the Clayton County (Iowa) Attorney from 2011 to 2019. In addition, he partnered at a law firm from 2010 to 2019 where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, family law, real estate, estate planning, probate disputes, contracts and personal injury. A member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Clayton County Bar Association, Heavens is married with four children.
According to the Library of Congress, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”