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Senate confirms Bogdan as new trial court judge

THE Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Wesley Bogdan as a new associate judge of the Superior Court, succeeding David Wiseman who retired in May 2016.

All seven members of the Senate voted to confirm Bogdan’s nomination.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations, Frank Cruz, said Bogdan met the requirements and is qualified to serve as judge.

Bogdan’s confirmation will now be transmitted to the judiciary. He will be sworn in by CNMI Chief Justice Alexandro Castro.

In an interview, Bogdan said: “It’s really a great honor to be confirmed, and I appreciate the Senate’s consideration of my appointment. Today is a great, great experience for me.”

He said he is ready to serve the people of the CNMI.

Newly confirmed Judge Wesley Bogdan and wife Tomoko pose with senators after they confirmed his nomination, Thursday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

“I expect a lot of hard work, and I think my experience as a lawyer and resident of the CNMI for the last 20 years has prepared me — I hope to do a good job for the people of the CNMI.”

Bogdan has served as legal counsel to the Office of the Governor since the administration of Gov. Eloy S. Inos. He also served as legal counsel for then-Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider. He was legal counsel for Gov. Ralph Torres when Torres appointed him judge.

Bogdan was Torres chief legal counsel during the Covenant Section 902 consultations with the U.S. government last year. The consultations were the first to result in a report to the president that was transmitted to the U.S. Congress.

Bogdan is a juris doctorate graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and political science from the University of Texas. He received his certification from the CNMI Bar Association in 1998 and is an inactive member of the New Mexico Bar Association.

After graduating from law school in his home state of New Mexico, Bogdan worked as a judicial clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals in Albuquerque from 1992 to 1994.

In 1994, he moved to the CNMI and worked in the government as an assistant attorney general and assistant public defender. He has also worked in private practice in the Law Offices of Brian McMahon, Eric Smith, Joshua Berger and the O’Connor, Berman, Dotts and Banes Law Firm.

“Wesley has been a trusted member of my staff, consulting with me on critical issues facing our commonwealth,” Governor Torres said in a statement on Thursday. “His understanding of the law is exceptional, but even more, I firmly believe that his work ethic, judicial temperament, and legal experiences will make him a great judge — as will his love for the Northern Mariana Islands. I am confident in his abilities and have no doubt that he will serve our community with dignity and integrity as a member of the judicial branch.”