ASBA Christmas Party - 2015

It's that time of year already - the American Samoa Bar Association is getting ready for its annual Christmas party!


We haven't had a big Christmas party in a few years, so this year we're trying our best to put together something special that can bring together all members of the bar to come together in friendship and fun to celebrate the last year and look forward to 2016.


Location:  Moana O Sina, Fogagogo, American Samoa

Date:  Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm (subject to change)


ASBA Law Conference Available Online

The ASBA's 40th Anniversary Law Conference held in April 2012 is now available online, in its entirety.

Read more: ASBA Law Conference Available Online

40th Anniversary Law Conference to Air on KVZK

For those who missed it, or those who wish to attend again, the Bar Association's 40th Anniversary Law Conference will be airing tonight, May 2, 2012 on KVZK Channel 5 at 9:30pm.

40th Anniversary Law Conference Brought the Law to the People

The Bar Association's 40th Anniversary Law Conference, held last Saturday, was a huge success. The event was well attended and brought important legal issues straight to the people. Roy Hall gave a fascinating, and at times humorous, account of the Bar Association's history. Judge Patea introduced the Bar to JustWare, the High Court's new case management software. Sharron Rancourt presented the first Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award to an emotional Ipu Lefiti. Nathan Mease moderated a timely panel discussion on citizenship in American Samoa. The panel included Fainu'ulelei Falefatu Uiagalelei, Charles Alailima, Roy Hall, and Afoa Moega Lutu. It was a lively discussion that laid out many of the legal and political issues, while responding to questions from the public. 

Read more: 40th Anniversary Law Conference Brought the Law to the People

40th Anniversary Law Conference

The American Samoa Bar Association is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Law Conference to be held at the American Samoa Community College Auditorium on April 28, 2012. Beginning at 1:00pm, the Bar will be hosting a series of events to celebrate 40 years of promoting justice in American Samoa. The conference will include a presentation on the history of the Bar Association, the awarding of the first annual Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award, a panel discussion on citizenship and what it means for American Samoa, and a presentation on the High Court’s revised case management system.


This event is free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to learn about key legal issues and gain valuable insights into the administration of justice in the Territory.


Draft Agenda


The Bar Discusses the 14th Amendment

The Bar will be hosting a happy hour at Maliu Mai this evening (March 5) from 5pm - 9pm. In attendance will be Mr. Neil Weare from the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) in Washington, DC. Mr. Weare is working on a federal case that would attempt to apply the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment to the territories, making all territorial citizens constitutional US citizens. He would like to meet with the Bar to discuss the case and the opinions of the Bar. Obviously, such a case could have wide-ranging implications for the territory, so it is encouraged that everyone come out tonight to discuss. Attached is a brief summary of the issue, and more information about CAC can be found at

Christmas Party

The Bar will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on December 17, from 5pm – 11pm. The party will be held at the Turtle & Shark lodge in Vaitogi. All Bar members, Court staff, and the Judiciary are invited to attend. Formal invites will be distributed in your court mailboxes. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we look forward to seeing you all on December 17.

Lunch With Judge Ward

Bar members are invited to a brown bag lunch with Judge John L. Ward in the District Court building on November 3 at 12:00 pm. Judge Ward will give a 30 minute presentation on a variety of legal issues. Please plan on bringing lunch for this event.

MDT Conference

The Amerika Samoa Multi-Disciplinary Team Against Family Violence (MDT) will be holding a conference on child maltreatment and human trafficking. They will cover important legal issues discussed by a number of off-island speakers. The conference will be held from August 8-10 at ASCC. If you would like to sign up, please get a registration form from Mitzie Folau.

The ASBA will be hosting a social hour with the participants of the MDT conference at Maliu Mai the evening of August 9 from 5-7pm. This will be an excellent chance to meet and speak with the conference attendees.

PAi Study Program On Civil Justice

Public Administration International (PAi) is putting on a two week study program enttield “Access to Civil Justice: Efficiency, Affordability, and Fairness.” The program will be in the UK from November 7-18, 2011. For those interested, please visit the PAi website.

LAWASIA Conference On Children And The Law

The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) is hosting the 4th LAWASIA Children and the Law Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia from May 27-29, 2011. More information can be found at the LAWASIA website.

International Conference On Electronic Litigation

The Supreme Court of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law are hosting the International Conference on Electronic Litigation 2011 in (you guessed it) Singapore. The conference will be August 11-12, 2011. For more information, visit the Singapore Academy of Law website.

CLA Law Conference In April 2010

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association will be holding its regional law conference in Sydney, Australia in April 2012. There will be trainings, updates, and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit the CLA websites.

CLA Regional Conference 2012

Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Dog Law In The News

Samoa News has written a piece on the Dog Law: Vicious Dogs, Your Rights and Responsibilities panel discussion put on by the ASBA and Human Society. For more on the Dog Law discussion, please visit our event page.

Samoa News

Dog Law: Vicious Dogs; Your Rights And Responsibilities

The American Samoa Bar Association, in conjunction with the American Samoa Humane Society, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Dog Law: Vicious Dogs, Your Rights and Responsibilities.”  This panel presented on the local laws relating to vicious dogs, including the criminal laws, civil liability and rights, and ownership issues.  The event was open to the public.

For more information, please follow the link here – Vicious Dogs