"The Hon. Dennis K. Yamase is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law, where he was a member of the school’s law review editorial board. During and following law school he served as an intern, law clerk, and/or attorney for the FSM Supreme Court, FSM Congress, and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau (ROP). His other legal experiences include serving as: the Senior Senate Legislative Counsel, Senate of the Olbiil Era Kelulau (ROP National Congress); the Executive Secretary, ROP National Code Commission; attorney in private practice in Honolulu, Hawai’i at the law firm of Dandar, Manuia & Castroverde; the Deputy Legislative Counsel and Legislative Counsel, FSM Congress; the Special Legal Counsel to the ROP Vice President/Minister of Administration; and the Executive Director of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Law Revision Commission.
Associate Justice Yamase developed the FSM Legal Information System (LIS) website at http://www.fsmlaw.org., as a Consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Improving Access to Laws project. He completed or assisted on projects for the codification of: the Yap State Code (YSC); the FSM Code (F.S.M.C.); the draft Chuuk State Code (CSC); the ROP National Code (PNC) and ROP National Code Annotated (PNCA); and the Commonwealth Code for the CNMI (hard copy and CD formats).
Associate Justice Yamase was nominated by President Leo A. Falcam on April 9, 2002 and confirmed by the FSM Congress on June 25, 2002 as an Associate Justice on the FSM Supreme Court. He is certified as a judicial trainer through the Pacific Judicial Development Programme (PJDP) Training of Trainers (TOT) program, has taken a trainers class at the National Judicial College (NJC), and has a B.Ed. degree in Secondary Education – Psychology from the University of Hawi’i. He has conducted numerous training programs for high school students and local, municipal, and land court judges within the FSM and has taught classes in Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Torts for the College of Micronesia – FSM Trial Counselor’s program."
The Interviewer for the Fourth Branch is Russell Thoulag. Provided is a video recording of the interview:
Provided below is the transcript of this interview and the case: "Gerhart Aten vs. National Election Commissioner, Chuuk State". They are available for download as .pdf.