“Jay” Arriola Winner of 1st Cristobal Duenas Award

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Guam – At today’s [Tuesday] annual District Conference of the District Court of Guam, Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood presented the first ever Cristobal C. Duenas Excellence Award to Joaquin “Jay” C. Arriola, Jr.

Remarked the Chief Judge: “To honor the legacy of the late Retired District Judge Cristobal C. Duenas, the Excellence Award was presented to Mr. Arriola, who has significantly advanced the administration of justice and the legal profession through his exemplary service to this District and the Ninth Circuit.”

Joaquin C. Arriola, Jr. was admitted to the District Court of Guam in 1991, served with distinction on the Criminal Justice Act panel, and was appointed by Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood in 2007 to serve a three-year term as Guam’s Lawyer Representative to the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee for the Ninth Circuit. As a lawyer representative, he assisted the nation’s largest circuit with program planning, conference development, and advocacy initiatives. In 2009, Mr. Arriola was elected to the prestigious 25-member Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference Executive Committee.

The committee is charged with the planning of the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, held for the purpose of considering the business of the courts and improving the administration of justice circuit-wide.

Added Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood: “Jay has successfully planned, coordinated and presented the District Court of Guam’s annual conferences since his appointment as Ninth Circuit Representative in 2007. We commend him for his excellent service to the District Court of Guam and the people of Guam, and we hope that he continues the great work.”

Over 150 lawyers and judges attended the District Conference, co-sponsored by the District Court of Guam and the Guam Bar Association, whose purpose is to provide legal education for Guam’s federal legal community. The conference marked and celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Organic Act of Guam and the formal establishment of the civil government of Guam and the District Court of Guam.

For more information, please contact Rodney J. Jacob, Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative, at 646-9355 or rjacob@calvoclark.com