Guam Supreme Court Adopts Pro Bono Program

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Guam – The Supreme Court of Guam has adopted a Pro Bono Program to recognize the many volunteer efforts and free or reduced-rate legal services performed by active members of the Guam Bar Association. Earlier this year, Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido appointed a committee comprised of practicing attorneys to create a program to more effectively implement a provision of the Guam Rules of Professional Conduct governing the conduct of attorneys.

The Rule requires attorneys to aspire to provide at least fifty hours of free legal services annually to members of our community who cannot afford legal services. A goal of the new pro bono program is to encourage Guam’s attorneys to achieve the fifty hour goal, and to do further community outreach work as well. Becoming personally involved in assisting the economically disadvantaged with problems they are facing can be a very rewarding experience for an attorney, and can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who are helped.

The program also aims to recognize attorneys for the various charitable and civic volunteer works many of them do throughout our island community on a regular basis, often very quietly, with little fanfare.

One of the first of such presentations under this new program is a free lecture on “Wills, Probate and Alternatives to Probate.”

On October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Guam Territorial Law Library located adjacent to the Guam Judicial Center in Hagåtña, Attorney James Baldwin of Blair Sterling Johnson & Martinez P.C. will present this lecture free of charge. Seating is limited to twenty, so please call the Guam Territorial Law Library at 477-7623 in advance to reserve a seat.

The new Pro Bono Program Guidelines are available for review on the Supreme Court of Guam website at www.guamcourts.org as Promulgation Order 11-003-01 or on the Guam Bar Association website at www.guambar.org.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Bruce Bradley, Executive Director of the Guam Bar Association at 475-3167