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CHIEF JUSTICE TORRES FIRST FROM GUAM TO BE NAMED TO AMERICAN JUDGES ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD

CHIEF JUSTICE TORRES FIRST FROM GUAM TO BE NAMED TO AMERICAN JUDGES ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Oct. 13, 2016) (Guam Judicial Center – Hagåtña, Guam) Guam Supreme

Court Chief Justice Robert J. Torres has been selected to be a member of the American Judge’s Association (AJA) Executive Board. This marks the first

time that a judge from Guam has been selected to sit on this executive board. Chief Justice Torres was previously elected to the Board of Governors and at this year’s annual conference in Toronto Canada, he was recommended to serve

a one year term on the Executive Committee by the new AJA President Justice Russell Otter, the first Canadian president of the AJA. The AJA Board of Governors unanimously approved Chief Justice Torres.

The AJA is the largest judges’ organization in North America representing all levels of courts and jurisdictions in the United States and Canada and elsewhere. It has over 3,000 members comprised of judges of courts of all jurisdictions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

It was created to promote and improve the effective administration of justice, to

maintain the status and independence of the judiciary, to provide a forum for the continuing education of its members and the general public, and to exchange new ideas among all judges. The AJA has helped to improve judicial

education by helping to organize the American Academy of Judicial Education.

To help fulfill its mandate of making better judges through quality education programs and publications, the AJA organizes outstanding mid-year and annual conferences. While attending the annual conference in Toronto, Chief Justice Torres gave a multi-media presentation on judicial ethics and social media. Building on his technological skills, his honor was able to engage the audience in real time with a novel application that allowed participation, responses and

his honor was able to engage the audience in real time with a novel application that
comments through the use of mobile phones and laptops. This application had not been previously

comments through the use of mobile phones and laptops. This application had not been previously used during an AJA conference and the real time polling transformed the traditional one way lecture into two way conversation.

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