A Lawrence attorney late Tuesday was officially sworn in as a U.S. District Court judge in Kansas City, Kan.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Earl O'Connor administered the oath of office to John Lungstrum, 45, during a brief ceremony in O'Connor's office.
Lungstrum today said he was having furniture moved from his local law office and plans to take over his duties Thursday in his new Kansas City, Kan., office.
Lungstrum said there will be a formal installation ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the federal district court office in Kansas City.
Lungstrum, who was nominated by President Bush for the position and recently was approved by the Senate, said he received a call from the U.S. Justice Department Tuesday afternoon informing him that Bush had signed the paperwork that precedes the swearing-in process.
Lungstrum said he then called O'Connor, who asked him to come at the end of the business day Tuesday to be sworn in.
Lungstrum said wife Linda, his daughters, Jordan and Alison, his brother, Richard, and District Judge Tom Van Bebber attended the ceremony.
"It's really an awesome thing to hold up your hand and swear to preserve the Constitution of the United States," he said. "It was a very moving experience for all of us involved."