By: Rodney Jacob of Calvo & Clark, LLP
The Guam Bar Association (“GBA”) was organized to improve the administration of justice and the standards of the legal profession. The GBA and its 425 active and inactive attorney members have maintained a close working relationship with the Courts, including through volunteer service on a multitude of Court committees and other activities to ensure appropriate development of rules and laws that effect.
The GBA provides and facilitates continuing legal educational opportunities and sponsors functions and special events for its members, the Judiciary of Guam and the public at large. The GBA administers member discipline, subject to the rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Guam. Public complaints against attorneys are processed by a full time ethics prosecutor and the GBA Ethics Committee.
Now more than ever the Bar and Guam courts recognize the importance of community outreach to ensure, as much as possible, our citizens’ have access to justice. Education about our Bar and our court system is vital to a successful community founded on the rule of law. Our local attorneys give hundreds of hours annually to important causes in our community, such as the mock trial program and educational programs. One such program that received national acclaim from the American Bar Association was last year’s Law Week events that were designed to ensure every member of our community could find answers to questions concerning the services provided by those that work in the justice system. These efforts earned Guam national acclaim by the American Bar Association. The GBA, along with the Unified Judiciary of Guam and the District Court of Guam, again provided a forum for our community during this year’s Law Week. This year, the GBA and its community partners, hosted Abe Lincoln who arrived on Guam to talk to professional organizations and our school children to remind us of the Legacy of Liberty we all have as a nation. His visit was memorable and educational.
Board of Governors:
Cynthia Ecube (President) Michael Pangelinan (Vice-President), Maria Cenzon-Duenas (Secretary), Phil Tydingco (Treasurer), Hank Parker, John Terlaje (Members at Large), Rawlen Mantanona (Past President).
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