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Monday, April 21, 2014

Wiseman to teach UOG paralegal course

Superior Court Judge David A. Wiseman will be teaching the University of Guam course “Leadership Ethics in the Professions.” This course is an integral part of three different programs.

It is a requirement for the UOG Certification in Paralegal Studies, which prepares students to take the US Paralegal Certification Exam. It is also a course that is part of the UOG Health Services Administration Certification, which prepares students for leadership and management roles in the Health Services Profession. Finally, this course can be utilized in the University of Guam Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree.

It is the intent of UOG to be able to offer this bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice on the island of Saipan and articulate with Northern Marianas College’s associate degree in Criminal Justice, once approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The course will be offered on the NMC campus, beginning July 18 and running Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1-1/2 hour each meeting.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the UOG International Program Development Office on the NMC Campus at 234-5498 Ext. 1003 or by email at ucenter@guam.uog.edu.

Wiseman came to the CNMI in 1977-78, which was the transition period of the former Trust Territory District into the Commonwealth government. He was enrolled as a Peace Corps volunteer, along with his wife Faythe, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps attorney, first assigned to the pre-Commonwealth, 5th Marianas District Legislature and then to the pre-Commonwealth Mayor and Municipality of Rota. Upon leaving the Peace Corps, he became an assistant legislative counsel in 1979 for the 1st NMI Legislature and then held legislative positions as House minority counsel, Senate committee legal counsel, legal counsel for the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations, and legal counsel for the House Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations.

He was in private practice in the CNMI between 1984 and 2001. During that time he represented government agencies such as the Northern Marianas Housing Corp., NMI Retirement Fund, Civil Service Commission, Marianas Visitors Bureau, CNMI Board of Parole, Mayor of Saipan, Office of the Mayor Tinian and Aguiguan, Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission and Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council. He has also been designated by the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to sit as a designated Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.

Wiseman received his Juris Doctorate and bachelor’s degrees from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. (PR)

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