03 Feb 2013
- By Thomas Manglona II Variety Junior Reporter
A THIRD-YEAR law student at the University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law, Nicole M. Torres recently wrote an article on voter classifications which was published in the Spring 2013 Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal.
Torres’ paper, “Self-Determination Challenges to Voter Classifications in the Marianas After Rice v. Cayetano: A Call for a Congressional Declaration of Territorial Principles,” focuses on how voter classifications in unincorporated territories satisfy the requirements under the CNMI Covenant and the Guam Organic Act. The paper calls on Congress to establish a “coherent doctrine of territorial principles” to prevent disparate and uneven treatment among the U.S. territories.
Torres’ interest in territorial issues relating to land alienation earned her the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship during her undergraduate studies at the University of San Francisco in 2010. That year, she also presented a paper on Guam’s colonization at the 37th Western Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference at Santa Clara University in California.
Torres graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a major in sociology and a minor in legal studies in 2010. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society.
Torres, who will return to Saipan to take the CNMI bar examination in July, says that the National Forensics League, mock trial, and the Attorney General’s Cup inspired her to pursue law. She was involved in all of these competitions while a student at Grace Christian Academy.
“Being from the islands has its limitations, but there are still so many opportunities for students to shine,” she says. “I look forward to helping our young students once I start working on Saipan this August.”
Torres, the eldest of five siblings, is the daughter of former Rep. William S. and Priscilla M. Torres.
Her article, “Self-Determination Challenges to Voter Classifications in the Marianas After Rice v. Cayetano: A Call for a Congressional Declaration of Territorial Principles,” can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu/aplpj/current-issue/.