March 24, 2013
Yana and Atalig were suspended indefinitely by the CNMI Superior Court in May 2012 for refusing to return $1.1 million in attorney fees. Woodruff was suspended indefinitely by the CNMI Supreme Court in February 2013 for over a dozen disciplinary actions filed against the attorney.
NMI District Court Judge Ramona Manglona directed the three attorneys to explain why they should not be suspended from practicing law in the District Court of the NMI.
Attorney Woodruff was known for representing foreign workers. The court order for Attorney Woodruff states:
Respondent shall comply with all requirements of LDR 17, including but not limited to giving notice to clients, moving for leave to withdraw from pending cases, not accepting new cases, filing an affidavit of compliance, and maintaining records as a condition precedent to any petition for reinstatement.
Respondent shall provide the Chief Judge with a certified copy of any order of the Commonwealth Supreme Court lifting or modifying the interim suspension or imposing other discipline, or any final order of the Commonwealth Superior Court in his disciplinary proceedings, within ten days of the issuance of such an order.
Respondent may petition for reinstatement upon the lifting of the interim suspension by the Commonwealth Supreme Court or six months after the effective date of this Order, whichever is sooner.
The Clerk is directed to publish notice of the suspension in the Saipan Tribune and the Marianas Variety, and to transmit a certified copy of this Order to all judges within this District and to all courts to which Respondent has been admitted.