by Nick Delgado
Guam - Pro bono legal services was the topic of discussion today during the Guam Bar Association's annual meeting. Chief Justice F. Philip Carbuillido gave the keynote speech where he touched on the desperate need for legal services for people who cannot afford them as well as called out the legal community to provide pro bono services as part of their obligation as officers of the court.
Carbullido also expressed his concern over the overtaxing of indigent legal services provided by public defender services corporations and the alternate public defender as well as Guam Legal Services.
The chief justice tasked each member of the bar to volunteer up to 50 hours of legal services a year to assist those who cannot pay for an attorney.