Judge Maria Teresa Bonifacio Cenzon
Judge Maria Teresa Bonifacio Cenzon was sworn into office as a judge of the Superior Court of Guam in 2012. She is the first Filipina-American to serve on the bench in Guam courts. Judge Cenzon has over a decade of experience in the private sector, where she served as counsel to large local and international corporations as well as some of the largest agencies of the Government of Guam. Her private practice concentrated on commercial and transactional law, with a focus on real estate, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and civil litigation. She is a former member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce and its Armed Forces Committee, and was an allied member of the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association.
Judge Cenzon also formerly served as a member (2006-2008) and Secretary (2008-2012) of the Guam Bar Association Board of Governors, and was on the Board of Directors of the Guam Legal Services Corporation Disability Law Center. Judge Cenzon presides over General Jurisdiction cases and two therapeutic courts: Family Court I, which includes Juvenile cases and Guam’s Mental Health Court, and the Veterans Treatment Court, which she launched in 2015. She is Vice Chair of the Judiciary’s Juvenile Justice Reform Focus Area on the Court Refer-ral Process and as co-chairperson of the Judiciary’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan Focus Area on Court Partnerships and Community Relations.
Judge Cenzon received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. On October 7, 2014, the Filipina Women’s Network named Judge Cenzon as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World.