Guam Bar Survey: 87% Favor Retention of Lamorena; 74% for Barcinas


Guam – A survey of Guam Bar Association members has found that 87% of those who responded favor the retention of of Presiding Superior Court Judge Alberto Lamorena and 74% favor keeping Judge Arthur Barcinas on the bench.

About 69 out of roughly 300 Guam Bar members responded to the survey.

The retention question for both Lamorena and Barcinas is on the ballot next Tuesday. 

READ the release from Guam Bar on the survey results HERE  or see it below:

Presiding Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III presides over the Superior Court of Guam and and is a member of the Judicial Council and the Guam Public Defender Service Corporation Board of Trustees. Prior to his judicial service, Lamorena maintained a private practice and was an accomplished legislator serving in leadership positions in the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Guam Legislatures. Lamorena established the Pacific Judicial Conference in 1991, the Adult Drug Court program in 2004, led the construction of the Guam Judicial Center in 1991, the translation and preservation of historical court documents, and the movement to adopt Guam’s first Victim’s Bill of Rights.

Court Assignments: General Jurisdiction; Adult Drug Court: January 2012 to January 2015; Family Violence Court January 2009 to January 2012; Member of the Judicial Council; Member of the Guam Board of Law Examiners

Education: B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana (1971); B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin (1974); J.D. from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (1977)

Dates of Judicial Service: July 7, 1988 to Present

Appointed by: Governor Joseph F. Ada to succeed Presiding Judge Paul Abbatte upon his retirement.

Judge Arthur R. Barcinas maintained a private practice for 14 years prior to his judicial service. Barcinas served as the Hearings Officer for Small Claims Court for eight years, Traffic Court Judge Pro Tempore, and Administrative Hearings Officer prior to becoming a Judge. He also served as Legal Counsel to Governor Felix P. Camacho and Chairman of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission Board of Directors. Barcinas is the Chairman of the Law Library Board of Trustees.

Court Assignments: General Jurisdiction; Family Court II and Juvenile Drug Court: 2009 to Present; Member of the Judicial Council; Co-Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Rules Governing the Admission to the Practice of Law and the Rules for the Discipline of Attorneys; Member of the Subcommittees on Pro Se Litigation, Criminal Jury Instructions, and Rules of Civil Procedure and Superior Court Rules Revisions.

Education: B.S. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1986); J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law (1989)

Dates of Judicial Service: January 14, 2005 to Present

Appointed by: Governor Felix P. Camacho to replace Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr. who was selected U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge.