Guam – Maryland Deputy Counsel Janet Bush Handy is appearing as co-counsel with the Guam Attorney General’s Office in one of the largest condemnation cases on Guam, and the only condemnation case on Guam relating to a landfill.
Her appaearance is the result of an agreement between the offices of the Guam and Maryland Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
Handy was selected, because of her experience in eminent domain law, to assist in a case pending in the Guam Superior Court regarding the amount of just compensation to be paid to the landowners of the property acquired by the Government of Guam for the construction of the Layon landfill in Inarajan, Guam.
NAAG consists of Attorneys General of the 50 states and U.S. territories and was founded to foster cooperation between Attorneys General to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.
On May 14 of last year, Handy was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to Guam and she has been authorized to represent GovGuam in the case after being admitted to the bar of Guam, Pro Hac Vice. Since that time she has worked on this case in addition to her duties in Maryland, where her team of attorneys was recently honored by the Federal Highway Administration for their work in acquiring the land needed for the recently opened highway connecting Washington, DC to vital areas in Maryland. Ms. Handy has conducted continuing education for lawyers in the areas of eminent domain and litigation. In the spirit of cooperation among the nation’s Attorneys General, Ms. Handy’s salary continues to be funded by Maryland while she is working on this case far from her family and home near Baltimore.
During a breakfast ceremony held on April 13 Guam Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas presented Ms. Handy with an engraved ifilwood carving in appreciation of her assistance to the People of Guam. Ifilwood is the national tree of Guam and is considered symbolic of the courage and stamina of Guam’s indigenous Chamorro people. Attorney General Rapadas thanked Attorney General Gansler for AAG Handy’s assistance with this very important litigation. “This assistance and cooperation among Attorneys General embodies the spirit of NAAG.” Rapadas said. He continued, “We can be neighboring states or separated by the country and an ocean, it doesn’t matter, we will assist each other in the best way we can.”