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NMC Names New CNMI Archivist (December 15, 2010)

Northern Marianas College has appointed John Cook as the new CNMI Archivist. He will manage and organize the vast information within the CNMI Archives, ensuring that its information and services are readily available to the community.

The CNMI Archives collects, preserves, and organizes the permanent records of the CNMI Government. Archived records include legislative bills, executive orders, property deeds, election results, historical reports, and other information of legal, historical, political, or administrative importance.

“We are pleased to have John on board at NMC,” said acting NMC interim president Barbara Merfalen. “His experience in the field of law and information analysis will be beneficial to the organization of important historical documents at the archives.”

Before starting out at NMC, Cook served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Alexandro C. Castro of the CNMI Supreme Court. Prior to working for Justice Castro, Cook also served as a law clerk in the Rhode Island trial court system, where he performed legal research and analysis and drafted judicial opinions.

Cook has also interned in at several government offices, including the Office of United States Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan and for Judge Eugene R. Sullivan of United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

“I’m thrilled to be serving as the new CNMI Archivist,” said Cook. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Northern Marianas College team and to be working with such a fine group of people at this great institution of higher learning.”

Cook received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his master’s degree from Oxford University, and his law degree from Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the state bars of New York and Connecticut and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

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