At a luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, justices, judges, and staff of the CNMI Judiciary bid farewell to the popular and highly respected Jeff El-Hajj, who for 16 months was a law clerk for the Supreme Court and its lead law clerk for the last six months.
Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro and Associate Justices John A. Manglona and Perry B. Inos presented El-Hajj with a plaque inscribed with words of appreciation attesting to “his exemplary performance as a law clerk, thereby materially contributing to the maintenance of liberty under law through the fair and impartial administration of justice in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”
In addition to his high caliber work on important cases and other matters before the Supreme Court, El-Hajj’s helpfulness to others and valued friendship were cited by his colleagues as very special traits that will truly be missed.
At the lunch, El-Hajj said: “I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone for all they have done for me over the past 16 months. As I move on to the California Court of Appeal, my greatest hope is that my new judiciary family will be as wonderful as the one I am leaving behind.”
El-Hajj received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and earned his law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. He departs the Marianas for an appellate court attorney post with the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District. (NMI Judiciary)