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19/09/2012: FilAm Nominated Judge in Guam Superior Court

19 September 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A Filipina-American lawyer has been nominated as judge in the Superior Court of Guam, making her the first American of Filipino descent to be considered for the said position, the Philippine Embassy announced today.

In a press release, the Philippine Embassy said it was informed by the Philippine Consulate General in Agana that Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has nominated Maria Teresa Bonifacio Cenzon as Superior Court Judge, replacing Judge Elizabeth Barret-Anderson who retired last March.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. welcomed Cenzon’s nomination as one of the seven judges in Guam’s trial court and that he is looking forward to her confirmation by the Guam Legislature which is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on her appointment.

Cenzon, who presently serves as Governor Calvo’s chief legal counsel, was chosen from five nominees submitted by the Guam Bar Association.

"She is a compassionate woman, devoted to her family, pure of heart, and with unquestionable ethics and integrity,” Governor Calvo said in his appointment letter where he summarized his reasons for nominating Attorney Cenzon for the position. “She is someone children can look up to and aspire to be. She is a role model, whose character is unassailable and whose judgment can always be trusted."

Cenzon, who earned her law degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, was born in Guam and is the daughter of Ed and Nita Cenzon, who together with their two older sons, migrated to Guam from the Philippines in 1969.

Before joining Governor Calvo in 2011, Cenzon was Director of Policy, Planning and Community Relations of the Unified Judiciary of Guam. Her experience in private practice include being a partner at Mair, Mair, Spade and Thompson in 1997;  partner at Cabot-Mantanona LLP in 2008; and a partner at Carlsmith Ball LLP in 2009. ###