Annual District Court Conference FRIDAY: “Ethics 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Unethical”


Guam – The Guam District Court will be holding its annual District Conference on Friday, August 26th at the Top ‘O the Mar.  The them of this year’s conference is “Ethics 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Unethical.”

The Court provides the following conference agenda and background of the speakers who will be addressing the conference.

ANNUAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  Ethics 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Unethical

Top O’ the Mar, Nimitz Hill, Guam
Friday, August 26, 2011


Master of Ceremony      –  Atty. Rodney J. Jacob, 9th Circ. Lawyer Rep.

8:15 am to 8:45 am

* National Anthem and Guam Hymn – Mr. Rick Vegara

* Welcoming Remarks and State of the District Court Address – The Honorable Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief Judge, District Court of Guam

*State of the Guam Bar Association, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Office of the Federal Public Defender’s Address

–  Attorney Cynthia V. Ecube, Guam Bar Association President
–  Ms. Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney
–  Mr. John T. Gorman, Federal Public Defender

8:45 am to 10:45 am      Judicial Recusal Ethics

– The Honorable Daniel John Crothers, Associate Justice, North Dakota Supreme Court

10:45 am to 11:00 am          BREAK

11:00 am to 12:00 pm          Chapter 13 Bankruptcy–Where Money and Ethics Meet  

– Mr. Curtis Ching, Assistant U.S. Trustee, Hawaii

11:00 am to 1:00 pm            E-Everything: Ethics E-Discovery and More (working lunch)

– The Honorable Daniel John Crothers, Associate Justice, North Dakota Supreme Court

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm            LUNCH<< State of the Ethics Prosecutor’s Office Address

– Mr. Bruce A. Bradley, Guam Bar Association Ethics Prosecutor and Executive Director

1:00 pm to 2:45 pm              High Plains Tweeter

– Dr. Esther DeVries, Education Specialist, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm               BREAK

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm               Cyber Crime, Cyber Privacy Issues and Cyber Ethics

– Mr. James Silver, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Washington, D.C.

5:00 pm                                  Guam Bar Association Reception – Sunset Lounge, Top O’ the Mar

                                       *** SPEAKERS’ BIOGRAPHIES ***


Justice Daniel J. Crothers was born in January 1957 in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in West Fargo, North Dakota; American Samoa; and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1979 and his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1982. After law school, he clerked for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and then worked in a Santa Fe law firm. He moved back to North Dakota, practicing law in several law firms until being appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court by Governor John Hoeven in June 2005.

In addition to the private practice of law, Justice Crothers served as Walsh County North Dakota Assistant State’s Attorney and as an Assistant City Attorney for Grafton. He was president of the State Bar Association of North Dakota from 2001-2002 and has served as a member and chair of several Bar Association and Court committees relating to lawyer and judicial ethics and professional conduct.

He currently serves on North Dakota’s Committee on Judiciary Standards, is chair of the Court Services Administration Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Client Protection. Justice Crothers was elected in November 2008 to fill an unexpired four-year term. He and his wife Holly have two children. Justice Crothers has served six years, 1 month, and 12 days on the Bench as of August 26, 2011.


Mr. Ching has worked for the U.S. Trustee’s Office first as a Trial Attorney and then as an Assistant U.S. Trustee for 22 years. He graduated from Stanford University and Boston College Law School and was a law clerk for Chief Justice Herman Lum at the Hawaii Supreme Court and for Judge
James Meyers at the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of California.

Prior to joining the U.S. Trustee Program, Mr. Ching was an associate at Burke, Sakai, McPheeters, et al. in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Doctor Esther DeVries, Ed.D., is an Education Specialist at the Federal Judicial Center. Before joining the FJC, Dr. DeVries worked on a variety of private industry and government training projects. She served as adjunct faculty for the University of Maryland and taught both online and classroom-based courses related to Web technologies. Currently, Dr. DeVries is working on the Judges’ Information Technology (JIT) project with training automation, course design, and presentations related to technology, instruction, and Social Media. Dr. DeVries’ presentation, “High Plains
Tweeter,” will define terms related to social media applications. She will discuss how attorneys, judges, jurors, litigants, and court staff are using various social media like wikis, blogs, GPS-enabled applications, video chat, etc., and provide an understanding of the various technological platforms. She will discuss how the various technologies enable new communications that can be productive, but sometimes unsettling.


James Silver is a Trial Attorney in the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. He previously prosecuted child-exploitation cases on behalf of the Department, and also worked in the private sector. He is a graduate of Stanford and Duke Universities, and a three-
time recipient of the Justice Department’s Sustained Superior Performance Award.


Bruce Bradley has practiced on Guam since obtaining his law degree in 1996 from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and is a member of the Guam, CNMI (special temporary admission) and Oregon (inactive) bar associations. He has been the GBA Ethics Prosecutor and Executive Director for the past four years. Prior to that, he was Staff Attorney to the Guam Judiciary for two years, preceded by one year as a Research Attorney for the Supreme Court of Guam. Mr. Bradley joined the Guam Judiciary after two and a half years as a criminal prosecutor with the Guam Attorney General’s Office which followed five years in private civil and criminal defense practice on Guam.

As the Ethics Prosecutor, Mr. Bradley screens and prosecutes, as necessary, all ethics complaints regarding members of the Guam Bar Association as well as allegations of the unauthorized practice of law that come to the attention of the Bar’s Ethics Committee. Approximately 40-50 ethics complaints are lodged each year which require the prosecutor’s attention. In addition, Mr. Bradley fields several inquiries each week from the public about the attorney discipline system and from members of the Bar who often request informal guidance on various issues. As the ethics prosecutor, Mr. Bradley also fills the role of Disciplinary Counsel before the Committee on Judicial Discipline and the Special Court pursuant to the Supreme Court of Guam’s Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement if allegations of ethical misconduct are levied against a Guam judicial officer. He has also been appointed Special Ethics Prosecutor on two separate matters by the Supreme Court of the Northern Mariana Islands regarding allegations of misconduct by CNMI Superior Court judges in their jurisdiction.