New Stuff Happening!

Yeah! New stuff is totally happening here at the American Samoa Bar Association! Come to our meetings! We're probably the coolest people you'll ever meet! More exclamation points needed!!!!

New Citizenship Filings Available

The American Samoa Bar Association has posted new filings in the federal case of Tuaua v. United States, concerning citizenship for American Samoans. The new filings include the U.S. Government's motion to dismiss, and Rep. Eni Faleomavaega's amicus brief in opposition to the plaintiffs. These filings and more information can be found on the Legal Issues page concerning citizenship - here.

American Samoa Bar Association Grants Annual Scholarship

The American Samoa Bar Association is proud to announce that Janelle Etelagi has been awarded the ASBA Legal Education Scholarship for 2011. Ms. Etelagi is a graduate from Tafuna High School. She received a BA in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a minor in English, and an MS in Criminal Justice Administration at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is currently in her first year at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i. We are very pleased to present Ms. Etelagi with a scholarship for $1,000.00 to help her in her studies, and we are excited to see her join the legal profession. Congratulations Janelle!

Every year the American Samoa Bar Association presents its Legal Education Scholarship to a law student who has graduated from an American Samoa high school or has personal ties to American Samoa. The scholarship is a key part of the Bar Association’s efforts to promote the legal profession in the territory, and to help home-grown students become licensed attorneys.

Update: Corrections made.

ASBA In The News

Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono congratulated the ASBA for the recent gain of a seat in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. The Governor called it an “important recognition” of the ASBA. During the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the Governor gave a speech in support of American Samoa’s recognition in the House of Delegates.

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ASBA Welcomed To ABA By Guam Delegate

Guam’s delegate to the American Bar Association, Joaquin Arriola, welcomed American Samoa to the ABA in a letter to Governor Tulafono, Chief Justice Kruse, and ASBA President Sean Morrison. In the letter, Mr. Arriola states that he is “proud and pleased” to welcome American Samoa to the ABA. He said the proposal was passed by an “overwhelming voice vote.”

Mr. Arriola was a strong supporter of the proposal to add American Samoa to the ABA House of Delegates,and one of its leading speakers.

A full copy of the letter may be read here [pdf 91kb].