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
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
email@example.com. 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:
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.
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
UPCOMING CLE COURSES:
Media Ethics: Case and Client Management
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room
View the program flyer
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.
PARTNERSHIP IN PRO BONO
Supreme Court Rule 6.1 encourages all members of the Bar to
to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono services. In an
assist members, the HSBA will list: (1) events where
needed to provide legal services, and (2) training
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Federal Public Defender Criminal Defense Conference
Maui County Bar Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
REMAINING JULY EVENTS:
HSBA Board Meeting (Maui)
ADR Section Meeting
May credits obtained outside of Hawaii be used to satisfy
Hawaii’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Education
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
ACCREDITED PROVIDERS –
Credits obtained from any one
of our Accredited Providers during the year the provider was
accredited through HSBA.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August
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
- Earn CLE Credits
- 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
email@example.com 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.