John T. Gorman has been reappointed as the federal public defender of the District Court of Guam.

Gorman took the oath to assume his fifth term on Oct. 8. First appointed to the office in 2003, Gorman is supported by two assistant federal public defenders and three office staff. His office in Mongmong has handled 142 new cases in fiscal 2018, up nearly 7% from the prior fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

Major drug trafficking cases, firearms, immigration, fraud and theft offenses and other federal crimes make up his office's caseload.

“I am so proud that John has served us with such distinction for so many years,” said Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, who chairs the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Federal Public Defenders. “The fact that he has now been appointed to his fifth term as federal public defender is a testament to his superb leadership, and to his commitment to provide a vigorous and able defense to those in need.”

Originally from New York state, Gorman received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Iowa in 1980. He served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, where he supervised construction of a drinking water system for a tribal group in North Luzon’s Cordillera Mountains. He then entered law school at Northeastern University in Boston and received his doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1992. While in law school, Gorman clerked for Judge Wendie Gershengorn of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Following law school, Gorman served as a trial attorney with the Defender Association in Philadelphia. In 1997, he relocated to Guam to work as a senior litigator in the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

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