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Attorneys Sworn in to Northern Mariana Islands Bar


On October 13, the Commonwealth Supreme Court held the Attorney Admissions Ceremony for those who passed the Northern Mariana Islands July 2017 bar examination. Applicants received their results on September 15, and those who passed celebrated their achievement at the ceremony. Jane Mack, directing attorney of Micronesian Legal Services, delivered a keynote speech, while Sean E. Frink, Vice President of the NMI Bar Association, led the presentation of the applicants. 

The NMI bar spans two days and includes the Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Essay Examination, Multistate Performance Test and local content essays. Three successful applicants sat for the July exam, including Christopher A. Heeb of Micronesian Legal Services Corporation, Jose P. Mafnas from the Law Offices of Stephen J. Nutting, and Hyun Jae Lee, Law Clerk at the Supreme Court.       

Judiciary Staff Undergo Firearm Certification Training


Three new Deputy Marshals and one Probation Officer received live firearms training at the Department of Public Safety's Shooting Range in Marpi, Saipan. Marshals Jason Camacho, Leon Lizama II, and Maria Tudela and Probation Officer Benjie Piteg attended a weeklong session with DPS Sergeants Nick Leon Guerrero and David Hosonoa, both of whom are certified firearms instructors. The training included realistic topics such as shooting while moving to cover, one-handed firing, giving verbal challenges and firing and clearing malfunctions.

Deputy Marshal Marian Tudela, the only female marshal in the NMI Judiciary, emerged as the top gun among the marshals. She scored 277 out of a possible 400 points. Probation Officer Benjie Piteg scored 300 points.

The new marshals and probation officer move on the next training stage which will be conducted in late 2017.

Chief Probation Officer gets National Recognition


On August 28, 2017, CNMI Office of Adult Probation's Chief Probation Officer Ursula Lifoifoi-Aldan received the prestigious American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) 2017 Membership Award at an award ceremony during the APPA's  42nd Annual Training Institute in New York, New York. Over 1,750 registered participants witnessed as Chief Probation Officer Lifoifoi-Aldan received a plaque with a commemorative inscription. (See photo gallery for picture of plaque.)

Lifoifoi-Aldan was nominated by one of the board members and selected among 80,000 probation and parole officer-members nationwide by the executive board of directors. She is the APPA regional representative and was credited for the establishment of Region 18 or the Western Pacific Region, which includes the CNMI, American Samoa, the FSM, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Philippines.

Click more for article on the Marianas Variety.

Supreme Court Decisions

Program Agenda
Speakers Biography

Day 1 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Day 2 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Day 3 - Thursday, September 28, 2017



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