by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Legislation has been introduced to rectify the law that currently prohibits any Department of Law attorneys from also practicing law in the Guam Army/Air National Guard. Bill 252 was introduced today by Senators Frank Aguon Jr, Tom Ada and Ben Pangelinan.
Senator Ada explains that the prohibition initially was established after attorneys at the Attorney General's Office were moonlighting outside of the office, which posed conflicts. "I really think that this was an oversight on the part of the Legislature to prohibit completely any attorney that's working in the department of law to serve in the military - the Reserves or the National Guard," he told KUAM News.
Senator Ada says the only caveat in the bill is that the work performed as a judge advocate does not conflict with work they perform at the AG's Office.
Assistant AG Jonathan Quan was being forced to choose between serving as a captain in the Guam Army National Guard or a prosecutor. His dual-employment is currently against the law and is the subject of an ongoing ethics investigation.