Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

Aloha Members,

I urge all of you to take an active interest in the election--the HSBA election. Check the HSBA website for videos of the “Presidential Debates, HSBA style”.  Want to know where they stand on the issues?  Send in your questions to  and we’ll post their responses.  In addition to videos of your candidates for President Elect (2010 President) and Vice President (2011 President), you will find bios of candidates for officer and director positions.  Read on about these and other HSBA innovations.

--Jeffrey Sia




2008 HSBA Annual Bar Convention

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Join us for exciting CLE programs and spell-binding speaker and constitutional law expert, Professor Neal Katyal of Georgetown University.

Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal spoke at our 2007 Annual Meeting on his Supreme Court victory in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, a case that has been characterized as “…simply the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law ever. Ever.” Katyal, an authority on the role of the President and Congress in time of war and theories of constitutional interpretation, will share recent research and observations on “Judicial Independence and the Founding Fathers: A look at the Roberts Court” at the Annual Meeting luncheon. 

Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon

Join us for Chief Justice Moon’s address at the YLD Annual Breakfast Meeting, 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The  Chief Justice will present commentary on issues currently confronted by the Judiciary and the legal profession.

CLE Programs:

FULL DAY Programs

• Updated Real Estate Law Manual Volume One

• Family Law Update Program 2008

• Legal Professionals: Paralegal Procedures - Approaching Trial, Arbitration or Mediation

MORNING Programs

• Current Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Law

• Update of the Hawaii Probate Forms Manual

• Regulation of Charitable Solicitation Practices in Hawaii

• The Limited Liability Company Workshop

• Law & Technology: Managing E-Mail, Information Technology and 60 More Tech Tips


• Human Resource Law for the Law Office Manual

• Protecting Intellectual Property in Innovative Industries

• Medical Malpractice: Stroke, Breast Cancer and Structured Settlements

• New Local Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court




Updates and Survey Results

According to our member survey, 14.5% of you are using CASEMAKER, a great statistic for 9 months on-line.

According to the same survey, 30% of you don’t know what CASEMAKER is!   If you use CASEMAKER please tell your friends in the 30% to check it out on the HSBA website.

CASEMAKER webinars will be scheduled in September to update users on new features and to introduce CASEMAKER to new users. We’re excited for you to see the new product—it’s fabulous!


Simple CASEMAKER login instructions

Our member-access portal is now open! HSBA Members in good standing are now able to change CONTACT INFORMATION online by accessing

Please log into the portal and add your area of specialty!

You may change the following: published business address, telephone, fax, and email.

To change your name or status, you must contact HSBA and comply with regulations regarding these items.



Presidential Debates: HSBA-Style

Participate in our new Q&A Bulletin Board with candidates for HSBA President-Elect and Vice President!

We need your help! Each week candidates will have a chance to answer YOUR QUESTIONS on our website. If you have questions for the candidates for HSBA President-Elect or Vice President, please send them to with “Q&A” in the subject line.


CLE Events

September 12, 19 & 26, 2008

How to Practice Law: A 3-part program on “What You Didn’t Learn in Law School”

More details coming soon.

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

HSBA Conference Room



YLD News

Jill M. Hasegawa, YLD President

It’s “Back to School” time and the YLD is gearing up to coordinate the state-wide high school mock trial program for the first time. YLD directors and volunteers are working on this year’s case, which will soon be posted for schools to download. HSBA staff is working on a YLD website to assist in coordinating volunteers and logistics for the mock trial program and other YLD community service programs. I hope you had a great summer and are ready to help the YLD!

--Jill Hasegawa



Pro-Bono Opportunities With

The Judiciary

Looking for ways to accomplish your goal of 50 pro bono hours, per HRPC 6.1?   The Judiciary offers a number of excellent volunteer opportunities for HSBA members.

View the Judiciary volunteer listing on our website:



Representative to the Judicial Selection Commission

This fall HSBA members will elect an HSBA representative to the Judicial Selection Commission, a 6-year term beginning in April 2009 when Rosemary Fazio’s term ends.

The nomination form is on the Judiciary website.

Deadline: August 29, 2008



HSBA’s Lawyer Referral Service

Let the HSBA screen your clients and bring you referrals.

Join the LRIS today! (Click for printable PDF)



Member Benefit Updates

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HSBA members receive a 5% discount.

Geico is now offering discounts to HSBA members.

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See their website for a quote today.

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