Justice Award Nominations Open to the Public

For 40 years the American Samoa Bar Association has been promoting justice in American Samoa. Success has only been accomplished with champions of justice throughout the territory. To promote these champions, the ASBA is pleased to announce the first annual Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award.

The Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award is presented to an individual or organization that has, through their actions, made significant improvements to justice and the rule of law in American Samoa. This may be demonstrated through improving access to the judicial system, showing superior professional competence, professionalism, and civility, bringing justice to those who need it, upholding the highest principles and traditions of integrity, or otherwise empowering the rule of law in the territory.

Arthur A. Morrow was American Samoa’s longest serving Chief Justice, sitting on the bench from 1937-1966. His term created much of the jurisprudence that is the foundation for American Samoa’s legal system. Chief Justice Morrow’s commitment to the territory and its justice system serve as the basis for the Justice Award.

Please help the Bar by nominating a champion of justice. Nominations are open to the public.

To submit nominations, please follow the criteria below:
1. Nominations must be in writing.
2. Nominations must include:
i. Name, village, email address, and phone number of the nominator;
ii. Name, village, email address, and phone number of the nominee; and
iii. Maximum one page description of the nominee and why they should receive the award.
3. ASBA officers and staff are not eligible for the award.
4. The ASBA decision is final, and no correspondence concerning their decision will be available.
5. Nominations must be received by March 19, 2012.

Please submit nominations to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or mail to the ASBA at P.O. Box 23.

Traffic Stop CLE Materials Available On New CLE Page

The ASBA has opened a new page on its website. The CLE page will show materials and updates regarding CLE events. The premiere event is the traffic stop lecture by Judge Ward held in November 2011. The event was the first of the Brown Bag Lunch Series with Judge Ward. The link to the CLE site is below.

Call For Nominations For The Bar Justice Award

The ASBA is seeking nominations for the first annual Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award. The ASBA will only accept nominations from bar members, but the nominees may be from outside the bar. Please submit nominees to Daniel Woods at the Attorney General’s Office. The deadline for submissions if February 15, 2012. For more information, please read the full announcement.

Nominations for Justice Award (pdf)

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.

Scholarship Deadline Nearing

Please be reminded that the deadline for submitting the materials for the Bar Scholarship is August 1. Please ensure that all required materials are sent to Jennifer Joneson before that date. Members, please remind anyone you know that is planning on applying to meet the deadline.

For more information, please read the official announcement.

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