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Recap of 2020 Pacific Judicial Conference in Saipan

The Journal of the American College of Trial Lawyers

  • Summer 2020

Rick Glaser wrote an article in the American College of Trial Lawyers' Journal recapping its partnership with the Pacific Judicial Council on a trial conference in Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. (The conference was held earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic.) 

"Our leader and the mastermind of this ACTL/PJC trip, as well as previous trips to Palau (2015) and Guam (2017), was Brian O’Neill, the lead plaintiffs’ class attorney in the Exxon Valdez Alaskan spill litigation, and his wife Ruth," Rick wrote. "Sadly, Brian and Ruth could not accompany us due to an illness, but Brian supported us throughout the planning by email and numerous telephone conferences. The week of the conference he Skyped in to make a special address to the more than 100 attendees, comprised of justices, judges, prosecutors, defenders, and private counsel from various Micronesian jurisdictions (American territories and independent nations). Brian’s address captivated, united, and motivated us, judges, lawyers, and ACTL presenters alike."

Rick explained how the partnership is designed to improve the standards of trial practice, which is a fundamental aim of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The ACTL is a leading organization of trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada, with less than 1 percent of attorneys in any state or province invited to become a Fellow. Rick is a Fellow who has also taken part in previous conferences in territories that fall under the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, including Guam

You can read his full recap of the Saipan trip here. The Journal is published three times a year and has won national and international awards.