Galo Lujan Perez, clerk of court for the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 2, 2012.
For 48 years, Perez has devoted his working life to service to the judiciaries in the Northern Marianas and Guam. He began his career in 1964 as a deputy clerk in the Guam Superior Court. In 1969, he joined the federal judiciary at the District Court of Guam, where he became chief deputy clerk. In 1991, then Chief Judge Alex R. Munson invited Perez to join the CNMI District Court as Clerk of Court.
Perez shepherded the district court through the transition from Munson's retirement in February 2010 through the first year of the tenure of Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona. He was instrumental in organizing the successful landmark visit to Saipan of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in January this year.
“The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands gratefully acknowledges Mr. Perez's lifetime contribution and particularly his 48 years of public service in the administration of justice in the United States courts,” a U.S. District Court for the NMI statement said. (U.S. District Court for the NMI)