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Annual Attorneys General’s Cup enters its 29th year

High school students from Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will compete in the 29th Annual Attorneys General’s Cup on May 3, 2013, at 8:30am in the Supreme Court courtroom.

The Attorneys General’s Cup is part of National Law Week, which is a series of events and activities at the Guma’ Hustisia that aim to improve students’ understanding of the law. Through the dedicated efforts of the CNMI’s attorneys general, the competition has continued as an important and prestigious student event that fosters critical thinking and promotes public speaking among the Commonwealth’s youth.

This year, the students will discuss whether the Northern Islands should be developed or preserved. The topic is timely and relevant to the Commonwealth, and it is important to hear what our future leaders think about the issue.

The speeches will be scored by a panel of judges comprising Attorney General Joey P. San Nicolas and former attorneys generals, including Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro, Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja, former presiding judge Edward Manibusan, Rexford Kosack, Pamela Brown, Robert Torres, and Matthew Gregory. As an additional honor, U.S. Attorney Alicia Garrido Limtiaco and Guam Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas will also sit as judges for this year’s competition.

Gov. Eloy S. Inos will deliver a special address to the contestants, and Diego L. Kaipat, a member of the 12th Saipan & Northern Islands Municipal Council, will deliver the inspirational remarks. Tina Sablan and Gary Sword have volunteered to serve as the mistress and master of ceremonies, respectively, for the event.

The 29th Attorneys General’s Cup Speech Competition is open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General, CNMI Bar Association, and the Commonwealth Judiciary. Monetary and in-kind donations from elected leaders and the private sector have greatly contributed to the continued success of the competition.

For those who cannot attend the event, tune in to PBS Guam on Channel 12 for broadcasting of the competition on Sunday, May 12, at 8pm and Monday, May 27, at 9:30pm. (Office of the Attorney General)

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