Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

In a departure from the past, this year’s annual HSBA fundraising dinner will be held this Summer instead of this Fall and will be held outside of Waikiki.

Please mark your calendars for July 19, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. for the 2008 HSBA fundraising party, which will be held at the Hawaii State Art Museum (the former Armed Forces YMCA located next to the State District Court building and across from Alii Place).

This will be a casual attire event catered by Ed Kenny, Jr. of Town and Downtown restaurants.   Music, entertainment, and a return of the silent auction also will be featured.   Proceeds will help to benefit the Hawaii Justice Foundation and the Friends of Family Specialty Courts, a non-profit organization dedicated to support and enhance the lives of the families and youth who participate in the juvenile drug court, family drug court, and “girl’s court” of the State’s First Circuit Court.

I encourage you to attend not only to support some very worthy organizations, but also to spend a relaxing evening with colleagues and friends over fine food and drink.   More details in coming weeks.


News Updates

Want to keep abreast of important HSBA news items?   Check the links below for updates on the year’s important issues.

Comparability Rule for IOLTA Accounts

Supreme Court posts for comment a revision to Rule 11 regarding IOLTA accounts, the "comparability rule"

Read commentary on the “comparability rule”

Proposed Rule on the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Proposed Rule on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
HSBA Board submits letter to the Court regarding UPL

Access to Justice

The Supreme Court has posted a proposed rule establishing an Access to Justice Commission, requesting comment by April 18, 2008, noting that if adopted the rule would become effective May 1, 2008.

Read George Zweibel’s commentary on the proposed rule.



CLE Events

March 17, 2008

Fire Litigation: Learn from the National Experts on Fire Investigation& Forensic Reconstruction

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: HSBA Conference Room

April 2, 2008

Meta Data and Tech Tips in 60 minutes by Tech Guru Ben Schorr

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: HSBA Conference Room

April 18, 2008

Drugs, Devices & Tort Liability: The Supreme Court Tilts the Playing Field with Professor Fraces Miller, Visiting Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, Boston University School of Law

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Save the Date!

October 24, 2008 for the 2008 BAR CONVENTION at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa.




Join us for a Review of the Enhancements and New Functionality in CASEMAKER 2.0:

March 18 & 25

If you have not been taking full advantage of your free legal research provider, now is the time to find out what you've been missing!

To Register, simply follow the links below.   The registration form will ask you for your name, phone number, email address and bar association.   After submitting the form you will receive an email with a link to the webinar site and a toll-free conference call number.

March 18, 2008

Space is limited.

Reserve your seat now at:

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. HST

March 25, 2008

Space is limited.

Reserve your seat now at:

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. HST

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer



Next week, look for the “Casemaker-Medical” link on the Casemaker application page.

This is an introduction to a specialty subscription-based product offered by Collexis, owner of Casemaker. The Casemaker-Medical engine provides a search platform for medical information helpful for malpractice, worker’s com, product liability and other medically-related practices.

This special service will be offered for a free 30-day trial period, after which members who wish to subscribe can do so at special HSBA rates.

Login to CASEMAKER at , try this new product, and keep your eyes open for future updates!



rPost Webinar

“Proof, Protection, & Peace of Mind for your Important E-Mail. Before It’s Too Late…”

April 2, 2008

Do you use e-mail to send important communications, such as advice to clients and legal notices?

If the answer is yes, you may be exposing yourself and your clients to liability in case of a dispute involving e-mail. Read More .

This webinar will guide you through best-practice methods to deliver important business correspondence electronically.


FREE E-Mail Management Toolkit for keeping your in-box under control:

  • FREE handbook, "Top Tips for E-Mail Management" ($12.95 value).
  • FREE 30-day starter-pack of 100 Registered E-mail units ($59 value).


Click here to register now!

Enter the promotional code “ HAWAII ” to attend for free!

Time: 9:00 a.m. HST (30 minutes)



Law Review Symposium: Doe V. Kamehameha

The recent Law Review Symposium: Doe v. Kamehameha will be broadcast on Olelo Channel 53 at the following times:

Saturday, March 15, 2008 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2008 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:00 p.m.
Thursday May 1, 2008 10:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the issues behind this Law Review Symposium, see the article Breyer Treads Around Admissions Case.



YLD News


Jill Hasegawa, YLD President

This year, our Young Lawyers Division is committed to providing our members with the most fun and rewarding experiences.  A well-rounded attorney (who has a balanced family, work and extra-curricular life) is a busy (but happy) attorney.  As evidenced by the wide variety of programs planned during the next few months, we know how to work hard, party hard, and give back to the community.

13th Annual North Shore BBQ (Saturday, March 15, 2008.)  The YLD, along with Lexis-Nexis and the William S. Richardson School of Law Surf Club is co-sponsoring the 13th annual UH Law Surf Club's BBQ/Potluck at Chun's on the North Shore THIS Saturday, March 15, 2008.  Click here for the official flyer with more info and here for directions.

YLD Social @ Pearl (Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m.)  Please join fellow YLD members as we relax and celebrate our first YLD “happy hour” of the year.  For more information, please click here.

Junior Judges (April 21-25, 2008.)  Due to an overwhelming response from elementary schools (over 140 presentations have been requested to date), we are still in need of volunteers to help with our Junior Judges program. Click for a list of participating schools and or a volunteer sign-up sheet

For more information on the projects listed above, or to volunteer, please contact Tammy Takara at or (808)537-1868.


HSBA YLD presents its
Personal and Professional Development Series
April 4, 2008

Financial Planning 101
What should you be doing with your money?  Got loans?  Investing in Retirement?  Saving or Squandering?
Now that you are a lawyer and (hopefully) earning some money, what should you do with it?  Come listen to Verne Takagi, experienced financial planner, share his tips about money basics--earning, spending, saving, investing, and planning for the future.  If there is one piece of advice any financial planner will give you, it is that the best time to learn about money management is now while you are still a young lawyer!
Food will be provided.
Where:  HSBA Conference Room, 1132 Bishop St., Ste. 906
When:  April 4th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Please RSVP to Tammy at


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Want to make a difference?

Volunteers are always welcome to participate in Legal Line, Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the HSBA Office. If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line please contact Tammy Takara at 792-7338 or .

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