Guam -Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has been selected for the 2013 Law Week Hustisia Award.
The presentation of the Hustisia Award is a highlight of Guam’s annual Law Week celebration and recognizes a member of Guam’s community who has made an outstanding contribution toward promoting and strengthening respect for the rule of law, and generating a sense of civic responsibility within our island community.
Senator Cruz is being honored for serving Guam for 40 years, championing causes of justice and equality as a member of all three branches of government and for his outstanding civic and community leadership. Cruz was recommended by a committee comprised of Senior Judge Pro Tem Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, Judge Maria T. Cenzon, and Guam Bar Association President Cynthia Ecube and approved by Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido.
This year’s national Law Day theme – Realizing the Dream: Equality for All – pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
B.J. Cruz became a lawyer in 1975 beginning his legal career as Assistant Consumer Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General before serving as legal counsel to Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo. In 1984, he became a Superior Court judge, where he spent most of his tenure presiding over the Juvenile and Family Court. Cruz was elevated to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam in 1997, and eventually, Chief Justice in 1999.
After his retirement from the bench in 2001, Cruz was elected as a member of the 28th Guam Legislature in 2004. He has continued to serve through successive legislatures, and was elected Vice Speaker for the 31st and 32nd Guam Legislatures. In addition to his work as a jurist for 17 years and as a senator through five legislatures, Cruz has led many non-profit corporations focused on youth services, cultural preservation, sports, humanitarian assistance, and social justice issues.
The Hustisia Award will be presented on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the Judiciary of Guam Atrium. The public is invited.