July 2013 e-Newsletter


July 2013

Our Annual Dinner is Next Month!

Reserve your table, get your tickets, and prepare yourself for a great time amongst leaders and friends!

Annual Hawaii State Bar Association Dinner
Sponsored by the Hawaii State Bar Foundation

In honor of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and retired Senator Daniel K. Akaka
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Hawaii Convention Center

The dinner theme for this year is "The Spirit of Aloha" in honor of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and retired Senator Daniel K. Akaka. Both will be acknowledged at the dinner for their contributions to Hawaii and our nation. Join in on an exciting evening with a premium wine tasting event and special guest entertainment.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Supreme Court Oral Argument Project and will also be used to provide financial assistance to legal service providers for their respective projects and activities.

To register for this year's annual dinner, download the form and mail in by Friday, August 9, 2013. Please make checks payable to the Hawaii State Bar Foundation (HSBF) .

  Silent Auction Teaser!

Here are a few 'gems' that you can expect to see at our silent auction.
Don't say we didn't give you a heads up on possible bidding wars!

In the market for a family vehicle or  a new stylish ride?

Well look no further than this year's vehicle contribution from our friends at Acura of Honolulu. The 2013 Acura RDX will be on display for your viewing (and seating) pleasure!

Looking for some leisure activities for the family or year-round guests?  Be sure to bid on such items as the Wailea Golf Package (Kama'aina round of golf on the Gold or Emerald Course) or Kualoa Ranch Pass for Two.

Staycation Maybe? We have Hotel Packages for you to consider including The Modern Honolulu, two-night stay with an oceanview room or the Hilton Waikiki Beach two-night stay with either a breakfast or dinner to consider.

If it's a fresh wardrobe or art display that piques your interest, then we have that covered too! We have apparel from Anne Namba Designs and Guy Buffet Prints to bid on.





The practice of law in Hawaii is going to change.  The news started with a phone call I received late last month from Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald informing me that the Hawaii Supreme Court had issued an order promulgating the new Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, which includes extensive and significant changes to the Rules.  On June 25, 2013 I received a packet from the Supreme Court that included an explanatory letter from Chief Justice Recktenwald, together with a copy of the new HRCP and a summary highlighting the most noteworthy changes to the Rules.  


Many of you already know about this because soon after receiving this notice, I sent a special e-Blast communication to all of our members informing you of the new Rules and providing you with the links to the new HRCP and the Court's summary.  The changes to the Rules are extensive and include revisions and additions to many different parts of the HRPC, so this is not a simple "housekeeping" rule change.  It will take time and effort on all of our part to understand and become comfortable with these new Rules, which will become effective January 1, 2014.  We at the HSBA see it as one of our primary responsibilities to help disseminate information on Rule changes like this and to educate our members on the new Rules and how they will affect your practice of law. 


Over the course of the next six months leading up to the effective date of the new HRPC, we will be working to provide information and educational opportunities to all of you regarding the new Rules and how the changes may affect your practice.  We are in the process of organizing a series of MCPE courses this fall on Oahu and on each of the neighbour islands, including both east and west Hawaii on the Big Island.  These will be three-hour, nominal fee, MCPE-credit courses.  We also plan to have the Honolulu seminar recorded and made available online.  In addition to these general seminars, we are also exploring the feasibility of separate seminars with specific groups (like our government attorneys) that may be affected differently by the revisions to the Rules. 


More information on these seminars and other information about the new HRPC will be coming soon, but you should not wait for us to start reviewing the new Rules and considering how they may affect you and your practice.  As you do, please feel free to send any of your comments, concerns, and/or questions to me at president@hsba.org.  We will be collecting and submitting your comments to the Supreme Court for consideration, and as needed, response.  However, I want to be clear that this is not a comment period on these new Rule changes.  The Supreme Court has issued its order and on January 1, 2014, these will be the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct that govern our profession.  We are all obligated to know the Rules and follow them. 


Personally, and as a leader of the HSBA, I hope that this provides an opportunity for all of us to work together to familiarize ourselves with these new Rules.  I told you at the beginning of this year that it is my mission to start changing the way you view your Bar association.  I know that is a process, and an important part of that process is responding quickly and decisively in situations like this to help our members.  I want you to know that all of us at the HSBA, from the staff to the Board members to the officers to the Executive Director, are dedicated to serving you and our profession.  Mahalo and a hui hou.

- Craig P. Wagnild, HSBA President

I hope that everybody is enjoying the summer. I wanted to take this opportunity to look ahead at some of things the board of your Young Lawyers Division is working on for rest of the year:

Junior Judges: This is a program where we recruit volunteer attorneys to go to Elementary Schools to help teach students on how to make good decisions. We will provide you with a DVD and a written packet to help lead the discussion. For many people that have participated over the years this has been a very rewarding experience as it gives us a chance to go into the community and make a difference.

Mock Trial Competition: Before you know we will be getting close to a new school year, which means preparations, will be starting for next year’s High School Mock Trial Competition. Stay tuned for future announcements on volunteer opportunities.

Legal Lines: The YLD continues to run Legal Lines throughout the year every Wednesday night and w e are always looking for volunteers. Attorneys field requests for legal information materials are provided to help assist you with the callers.

Stay tuned for future announcements on these and other projects that we are working on.

- Malcolm Barcarse Jr. - Young Lawyers Division President


Media Ethics: Case and Client Management
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room
View the program flyer
In-Person Registration
Live Webcast Registration

Ethics in Hawaii (Hilo)
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013
Location: 3rd Circuit Court Jury Assembly Room
Registration form included in the program flyer.

Visit the CLE page for online webcasts and to order manuals.


Supreme Court Rule 6.1 encourages all members of the Bar to

aspire to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono services. In an

effort to assist members, the HSBA will list: (1) events where

volunteers are needed to provide legal services, and (2) training

activities which will lead to the provision of legal services.

If your group or organization would like to list an event or activity

which will provide, or which will lead to the provision of, pro bono

legal services, please contact us at info@hsba.org.


  • July 20
  • 2013 Federal Public Defender Criminal Defense Conference
  • Maui County Bar Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

    July 25
  • HSBA Board Meeting (Maui)

    July 31
  • ADR Section Meeting


    May credits obtained outside of Hawaii be used to satisfy

    Hawaii’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Education

    (MCPE) requirement?

    Yes, in the following ways (exceptions may apply):

    APPROVED JURISDICTIONS - General CLE credits from an

    approved program in an approved jurisdiction may be eligible for

    MCPE credits if the program material consists of any one of the

    eight qualifying topics as noted in RSCH Rule 22(a).

    Professionalism/ethics or bias awareness credits from an

    approved jurisdiction are the most common credits available for

    Hawaii MCPE. The jurisdiction that approves the course or

    activity may be different from the jurisdiction where the course or

    activity is held. For example, you may claim MCPE or VCLE

    credit for attending a course in Texas that has been approved by


    2. ACCREDITED PROVIDERS – Credits obtained from any one

    of our Accredited Providers during the year the provider was

    accredited through HSBA.

    3. ATTORNEY APPLICATION – Members may receive credit

    from courses/programs/seminars from out of state, alternative

    formats, and other sources by obtaining approval from the HSBA

    for programs not already pre-approved in Hawaii

    submitting an Attorney Application for review of credits. (Attorney

    applications may be found at
    under the MCLE tab.)

    Please contact Debbie Blanton, MCLE Administrator at

    dblanton@hsba.org for MCLE related questions and concerns.



    Senior Counsel Division Election: 2014 SCD Officers and Board of Directors Sought

    The SCD is currently recruiting nominees for the 2014 Board of

    Officers (1-year term for Vice President, Secretary, and

    Treasurer) and Directors (2-year term). The SCD Board is active

    in promoting programs that help the needs of senior HSBA Bar

    members with services that directly benefit them. Nominees

    should be born in or before 1963. Please submit your letter of

    interest along with a brief biography and any supporting

    documentation no later than July 26, 2013 to the Hawaii State Bar

    Association, SCD Board Nominations Committee, c/o Brian

    Simon, 1100 Alakea Street, Suite 1000, Honolulu, HI 96813 or

    email to bsimon@hsba.org.

    MCLE Board Openings

    The MCLE Board, which reviews continuing legal education

    independent provider applications, is looking for applicants to fill

    three positions on the MCLE Board. The voluntary term runs from

    October 2, 2013 and expires on October 1, 2016.

    Please submit a resume and cover letter to Debbie Blanton,

    MCLE administrator at dblanton@hsba.org no later than August

    30, 2013.

    2013 Annual Meeting and Bar Convention

    This year's Annual Meeting and Bar Convention will be held on

    September 27, 2013 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Mid-Pacific

    Conference Center.

    - Earn CLE Credits

    - Network

    - Visit our Fantastic Exhibitors

    - Half and Full Day Registration Options

    Registration details to be made available soon.


    Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald announced, subject to Senate

    confirmation, the nomination of James H. Ashford as District

    Court Judge to the First Circuit.

    In order to allow the HSBA Board to provide an informed

    recommendation to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and

    Labor, please submit your comments on this nominee to

    president@hsba.org no later than 12 noon, Friday, July 19.

    Please confine your comments to the following criteria used by

    the HSBA Board in reviewing a nominee:

    Integrity and Diligence; Legal Knowledge and Ability; Professional

    Experience; Judicial Temperament; Financial Responsibility;

    Public Service; Health; Ability to fulfill the responsibilities and

    duties of the position.

    Please take the time to read the Judiciary's Press Release.


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