40th Anniversary Law Conference

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On April 28, 2012, the American Samoa Bar Association hosted its 40th Anniversary Law Conference at the ASCC Lecture Hall. The event was well attended and brought improtant legal issues straight to the people. Roy Hall gave a fascinating, and at times humerous, account of the Bar Association’s history. Judge Patea introduced the Bar to JustWare, the Court’s new case management software. Sharron Rancourt presented the first Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award to an emotional Ipu Lefiti. Nathan Mease moderated a timely panel discussion on citizenship in American Samoa. The panel included Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Uiagalelei, Charles Alailima, Roy Hall, and Afoa Moega Lutu. It was a lively discussion that laid out many of the legal and political issues, while responding to questions from the public.

Below are some documents and videos from the conference. The videos, taken together, include the entire four hour conference.


Flyer (pdf)

Law Conference in the News:

ASBA Conference Promoting “Justice and the Rule of Law” – Samoa News

Bar Association Hears of New Software Purchased to Streamline Court Cases – Samoa News

Attorneys Say Citizenship Issue Warrants More Public Discussion – KHJ via Talanei.com

Ipu Avegalio Lefiti: Hardest Thing for Victim is to Speak the Truth – KHJ via Talanei.com

Attorney Says Blood Requirement For Land Ownership Not a Samoan Concept – KHJ via Talanei.com


Videos of the Law Conference

Introduction and Opening Prayer


40 Years of Promoting Justice: The History of the ASBA


Judge Patea: The High Court’s Case Management System


Presentation of the Bar Justice Award to Ms. Ipu Lefiti


Panel on Citizenship in American Samoa