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Chief Justice Robert J. Torres has appointed Attorney Marcelene Cruz Santos as the Public Guardian. Attorney Santos is now available to receive referrals concerning persons who may be in need of guardianship services and to fulfill the responsibilities of the office.

The Office of the Public Guardian has the following responsibilities:

First, to serve as guardian of the person or estate of an adult in our community who by reason of age, disease, or disability is unable, unassisted to properly manage and take care of him or herself or his or her property, and for whom no alternate guardian among family and friends can be identified.

Second, to assist the Superior Court in proceedings for the appointment of a guardian of an adult, and in supervision of persons who have been appointed guardian of an adult.

Third, to assist, advise and guide persons who are seeking appointment, or who have been appointed as guardian of an adult person.

Fourth, to offer guidance and counsel encouraging maximum self-reliance and independence of needful persons to avoid the need for appointment of a guardian, where possible.

Fifth, to develop programs of public education on guardianship and alternatives to guardianship, and support and encourage the development of private guardians.

Attorney Santos graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in Law in 1990 from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She also holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University Northridge, Northridge California and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles California. She has vast legal experience working in California Schools, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services in Los Angeles, California, the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service in Guam, Associate and subsequent Of Counsel to Breon and Shaeffer, PLC in Irvine, California representing California school districts and county offices on matters involving labor, employment and special education, Legal Counsel to the University of Guam and the Board of Regents, and as an Associate with the law firm of Phillips and Bordallo.

Her civic and community experience includes service as a Regional Member on the Los Angeles/Orange County State Superintendent of Education, Advisory Council on Asian/Pacific Islander Affairs, Member of the Asian/Pacific Islander Multi-Cultural Issues Task Force of the Los Angeles National Conference of Christians and Jews, Board Member of the Whitney High School Foundation for Educational Excellence, ABC Unified School District, Board Member on Protection and Advocacy in the Mariana Islands, Territorial Law Library Board Member, Guam Legal Services Corporation Board Member, and as a Director of the National pacific Islander Educators Network.


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