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74th ASCC Commencement Ceremony To Take Place May 21st


Local
attorney Lornalei Meredith will give the keynote address at
the American Samoa Community College’s 74th Commencement
Ceremony, which will take place this Friday, May 21st,
beginning at 10 a.m. Meredith, herself an ASCC alumnus,
Class of 2005, now heads her own law firm, Meredith Law,
LLC. (Courtesy Photo)

The 74th
American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Commencement
Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 21st beginning at 10
a.m. on the malae fronting the College’s
Multi-Purpose Center. As has become standard practice for
ASCC Commencements, the Governor, the Board of Higher
Education and other dignitaries have been invited to join
the families and friends of the 71 prospective spring 2021
graduates for this special occasion. To provide the Keynote
Speech for the occasion, the College will welcome back ASCC
alumnus and current practicing attorney Lornalei
Meredith.

A member of the ASCC Class of 2005, Lornalei
Meredith is the founder and owner of the local law firm
Meredith Law. The second daughter of Gwendolyn Ho Ching of
Nu’uuli and Daniel Meredith of Faleapuna, Samoa, Lornalei
is married to Malaeimi Fanene of Nu’uuli and Pago Pago. As
a young girl, Lornalei spent most of her time in Apia with
her paternal grandmother Lemalie, who spoke very little
English, but imparted upon Lornalei the values of
perseverance, hard work, service and attaining a good
education.

In 2007, Lornalei graduated from Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in
English. Immediately afterwards she moved back to American
Samoa to teach English at Leone High School while preparing
for law school. She next attended the J. Reuben Clark Law
School of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, graduating
with her Juris Doctorate in 2012. During her three years of
law school, Lornalei was an active member of her student bar
association and served in several organizations in various
capacities – such as President of the Pacific Island Law
Student Association, Vice President of the Public Interest
Law Foundation, and as a senior editor of the Education Law
Journal. In both her second and third years of law school,
she received the Faculty Award for Meritorious Contribution
and Distinguished Service.

Back in American Samoa
since 2012, before going into private practice, Lornalei
spent the early years of her legal career serving in the
public sector as an Assistant Attorney General Chief
Assistant in the Criminal Division and Civil Division, Chief
Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, and in
then 2017 as Deputy Attorney General for the American Samoa
Government. In 2018, she entered into private practice
founding MTL Law, which is now Meredith Law. She enjoys
contributing to local community projects initiated by
American Samoa Legal Aid and the American Samoa Bar
Association, serving on both as a board member. Lornalei
says she has a passion for innovative thinking and
experiential learning, and a sense of adventure. When she is
not working or helping her parents with their family
business, she is often exploring the world with her husband
and family.

“We were honored to have Lornalei accept
our invitation to deliver the Keynote Address for this
occasion,” said Dean of Student Services Dr. Emilia
Le’i. “She has not only succeeded in the legal
profession, but her years of public service should be an
inspiration to the young people of the Territory. I’m sure
her talk will be an inspiring one.” Dr. Le’i also
reminds those attending the Commencement that parking around
the MPC is limited, but more is available at the ASCC Gym
parking lot. “This is a rain-or-shine event,” she
explained, “but as we did last time we will have ample
tent space to ensure all of our guests stay dry and
comfortable.”

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