Tomorrow, Jan. 10, 2013, the Commonwealth Judiciary will conduct the fifth Law and the Freshman Legislator seminar, a biennial seminar designed for incoming legislators. The half-day program includes a condensed course on the Covenant and Constitution, an overview of the judiciary process, and an opportunity for interactive dialogue between first-time representatives and members of the Judiciary.
All nine newly elected legislators have been invited to this year's event. They are representatives-elect Antonio R. Agulto, Anthony T. Benavente, Roman C. Benavente, Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero, Christopher D. Leon Guerrero, John Paul P. Sablan, Richard B. Seman, Mariano Taitano, and Ralph N. Yumul. Forty-three legislators have participated in the program since its inception in 2004 and all have highly recommended that the program continue. Former participants point to its constructive, informative, and highly beneficial nature.
The seminar agenda consists of four sessions covering: (1) the Covenant, the U.S. Constitution, and the NMI Constitution; (2) the role of the courts; (3) statutory interpretation; and (4) the basics of legal research. Presenting will be Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro, Associate Justice John A. Manglona, Associate Judge David A. Wiseman, Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the NMI Ramona V. Manglona, and executive director of the Commonwealth Law Revision Commission Heather L. Kennedy.
A roundtable discussion and luncheon held after the presentations, sponsored by the Northern Mariana Islands Historic Society, will provide legislators with the opportunity to interact in a question-and-answer dialogue with the justices and judges. (NMI Judiciary)