Guam – The District Court of Guam launched its celebration of Law Week 2014 by hosting island journalists at the U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday, April 23, for the first of several lunch time seminars.
The visiting journalists included representatives from Glimpses, Pacific Daily News, Pacific News Center, KUAM and the Marianas Variety. Rodney Jacob, an attorney in private practice and the court’s lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit, also participated.
Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr. introduced the court’s management team and then initiated a discussion on matters that ranged from the handling of plea
agreements and the sealing of cases to journalistic ethics and the particular challenges of the “court beat.”
The District Court promises to conduct more such seminars throughout the remainder of the year and is now soliciting discussion topics from island journalists.
Chief Judge Frances Tydingo-Gatewood commented, “Journalists and the media play a vital role in making the work of the court accessible to the general
public and we were delighted to have such a frank discussion with these fine professionals. We’ll do everything we can to make their challenging work easier.”
The theme of Law Week 2014 is: “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters”.
[Rossanna Villagomez-Aguon, Marvic Cagurangan, Charles White, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Tom Johnson, Janela Carrera, Jasmine Stole, Krystal Paco, Gina Reilly, Jasmine Stole, Frank Whitman, Rodney Jacob, Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr., and Dan Terzian].