The Bar Discusses the 14th Amendment

The Bar will be hosting a happy hour at Maliu Mai this evening (March 5) from 5pm - 9pm. In attendance will be Mr. Neil Weare from the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) in Washington, DC. Mr. Weare is working on a federal case that would attempt to apply the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment to the territories, making all territorial citizens constitutional US citizens. He would like to meet with the Bar to discuss the case and the opinions of the Bar. Obviously, such a case could have wide-ranging implications for the territory, so it is encouraged that everyone come out tonight to discuss. Attached is a brief summary of the issue, and more information about CAC can be found at

Christmas Party

The Bar will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on December 17, from 5pm – 11pm. The party will be held at the Turtle & Shark lodge in Vaitogi. All Bar members, Court staff, and the Judiciary are invited to attend. Formal invites will be distributed in your court mailboxes. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we look forward to seeing you all on December 17.

Lunch With Judge Ward

Bar members are invited to a brown bag lunch with Judge John L. Ward in the District Court building on November 3 at 12:00 pm. Judge Ward will give a 30 minute presentation on a variety of legal issues. Please plan on bringing lunch for this event.

MDT Conference

The Amerika Samoa Multi-Disciplinary Team Against Family Violence (MDT) will be holding a conference on child maltreatment and human trafficking. They will cover important legal issues discussed by a number of off-island speakers. The conference will be held from August 8-10 at ASCC. If you would like to sign up, please get a registration form from Mitzie Folau.

The ASBA will be hosting a social hour with the participants of the MDT conference at Maliu Mai the evening of August 9 from 5-7pm. This will be an excellent chance to meet and speak with the conference attendees.

PAi Study Program On Civil Justice

Public Administration International (PAi) is putting on a two week study program enttield “Access to Civil Justice: Efficiency, Affordability, and Fairness.” The program will be in the UK from November 7-18, 2011. For those interested, please visit the PAi website.