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News Posted on September 29, 2017

Professor Villazor and Professor Larson Present at Pacific Judicial Council Conference

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor and Professor Carlton Larson gave presentations at the 2017 Pacific Judicial Council biennial conference held from September 25-29 in Saipan. Professor Villazor spoke primarily about U.S. immigration law and the potential impacts of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Professor Larson gave a summary of Supreme Court criminal and civil cases from the 2016-2017 term.

Professor Villazor’s talks drew coverage in Marianas Variety, Micronesia’s leading newspaper. The article was accompanied by a picture of Professor Villazor and Professor Larson with a group of King Hall alumni including Jose Mafnas ‘16, Olga Bykov ‘17, Finella Murphy ‘10, and Justice F. Philip Carbullido ’78 of the Guam Supreme Court.

The Pacific Judicial Council consists of the judiciaries from the Northern Marianas, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk, Yap, and American Samoa. The conference allows judges and justices to share and discuss ideas to improve court administration and delivery of justice, providing a collaborative forum to brainstorm solutions to common challenges on the islands.