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Wednesday, July 23, 2014-8:03:19A.M.

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Law students provide voluntary clerkship service to NMI judiciary

(CNMI Judiciary) — Each year the local judiciary invites law students from across the nation to serve as summer law clerks and experience firsthand the inner workings of the judiciary by assisting the justices and judges with research and writing. Among the many applicants for the positions are five law students with different and interesting plans.

From left, Frannie T. Demapan, Richard D. Baxley, Charles P. Reyes and Kyle M. Jones. Not pictured: Oliver M. Manglona.  Photo by Jim Stowell
Three of the summer law clerks participated in the judiciary’s pre-law program conducted periodically to familiarize participants with the rigorous demands of law school.

Richard D. Baxley, a third year law student at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., has been drawn to both maritime/admiralty law and particularly this summer to Saipan by his father and grandfather’s accounts of their U.S. Navy experiences in the Western Pacific between Honolulu and Guam. Baxley, assigned to the Supreme Court, has had law internships with the Federal Maritime Commission and the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Frannie T. Demapan, assigned to the Family Court, recently completed her first year at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. She participated in the judiciary’s pre-law program of 2010 which she said, “prepared me for the workload one experiences in the first year of law school.” “Yes,” she exclaimed on being asked if the first year was as difficult as it is said to be, “there’s a lot of reading, constant study, the need to stay focused and participate in the classes.” Demapan intends to focus on family and criminal law, maintaining the flexibility to move around on a wide career path from perhaps a position in a non-profit public interest group to that of a prosecuting attorney, to being a teacher or professor.

Kyle M. Jones, second year law student at the University of Southern California School of Law “won’t be a lawyer if all goes well.” He desires to become a talent agent or movie producer. His focus is on contract and property law, intending to help his future clients from being taken advantage of and making the most out of their opportunities. Jones clerks for the Supreme Court. When asked about Saipan, Jones said, “It is great. It’s paradise and good for my soul.” Prior to beginning his next term at USC he’ll be interning at a talent agency in San Francisco.

Oliver M. Manglona, who is entering his last year of law school at the University of Hawaii William Richardson School of Law, will begin his summer clerkship for Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja in early July. He hopes to work as a law clerk for the CNMI Judiciary after he graduates in May 2014. Manglona, a graduate of the Judiciary’s Prelaw Program of 2010, is interested in criminal law and says he cannot wait to be in the courtroom.

Charles Reyes Jr., also a third year law student, attends the University of Idaho School of Law where he has made the Dean’s List every semester. He clerks for Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho. Reyes is following a less traditional path to the legal profession. Prior to entering law school, he was Gov. Benigno R. Fitial’s Press Secretary and Assistant Manager for Office Operations on Saipan for the 2010 U.S. Census. Reyes participated in the judiciary’s pre-law program of 2002.