Senate resolution honors former Justice Villagomez
By Gemma Q. Casas
Variety News Staff
A SENATE joint resolution has been introduced honoring the late Justice Ramon G. Villagomez who passed away on Nov. 30 after spending years in a coma.
Sen. Pete P. Reyes, Ind.-Saipan, introduced S.J.R. 14-69, which also conveys the Legislature’s sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of Villagomez.
Known as a champion of indigenous culture and legal rights, Villagomez has been recognized for his numerous contributions promoting the interests of Chamorros and Carolinians.
Villagomez was also an active civic leader and was involved in the Boy Scouts of America.
“The late Honorable Justice Ramon Garrido Villagomez exhibited marked ability, deep interest and uniform attentiveness for the culture and tradition of the islands and took deliberate steps to make sure that they are passed on to future generations,” the resolution stated.
Reyes said the resolution is a fitting tribute to Villagomez’s memory.
The former justice, who was only 56 when he died, was born on Saipan and was educated in the U.S.
After obtaining his law degree in 1975, Villagomez was admitted to practice law in the then Trust Territory courts.
The following year, he was allowed to practice in the nation’s capital.
In subsequent years, he practiced law in the U.S. District Court of the Northern Marianas, the commonwealth trial court, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Villagomez practiced law in the private sector for many years.
In 1986, he was appointed associate judge of the local trial court and served in that capacity until 1989.
That year, he was named as one of the first of the three justices appointed to the CNMI Supreme Court where he served until his retirement in 1997.
Villagomez left behind his wife Angelina, their six children and numerous grandchildren