2009 HSBA Judicial Evaluations

The HSBA Evaluation of judges seeking retention in 2009 will be deployed electronically this week. All active members of the bar will receive an invitation from “HSBA@BallotBox” to participate. Click here for a list of the judges being evaluated.



New Judicial Appointment

You are reminded to submit your comments on Chief Justice Ronald Moon’s nominee for District Family Court Judge, Third Circuit (Waimea) to president@hsba.org by Wednesday, November 5, 2008.



Supreme Court Opening

Please submit names by November 17, 2008 to the Judicial Selection Commission for the Supreme Court position to be available upon Justice Steven Levinson’s retirement on December 31, 2008.

Petition for Retention:

The Honorable Ronald Ibarra

The Judicial Selection Commission invites interested persons to submit written information and comments on whether Judge Ibarra should be retained in office for a new term. All comments will be kept confidential by the Commission.

Read the Notice.



New Admittee Events

Names of those who passed the July 2008 Bar Exam are posted on the Judiciary website. The Swearing-in ceremony for those who have completed all relevant requirements is Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:00 p.m.at the Pikake Room, Neil Blaisdell Center.



Mandatory Professionalism Course

November 21, 2008

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club

Brochure and Registration Form

The Supreme Court has amended HRSC 1.14, effective retroactively to July 1, 2007, to provide that the Mandatory Professionalism Course is to be taken no later than December 31 of the year following the year of election of active status. 

Thus each new Admit who elected active status after July 1, 2007 will have until December 31, 2008 to complete the course. This administrative change provides a uniform deadline and avoids compliance problems arising from scheduling of the course.



Professional & Personal Development for Young Lawyers

Young Lawyers: Join the YLD for a 2nd presentation in the PPD series on the body and health in law practice. This session will feature speakers on setting up an ergonomic office and preventative measures you can use to promote long term health in the office.

12:00 p.m. November 17, 2008

At the Hawaii State Bar Association

Please RSVP to yld@hsba.org. Pizza will be provided!



Bench/Bar Conference

November 14, 2008 at the Ala Moana Hotel

Learn the Seven Deadly Sins of Trial by noted speaker Tom Vesper at the November 14th Bench-Bar Conference.

Spend over a thousand dollars to attend a seminar by Vesper anywhere else, OR attend the Bench-Bar Conference for only $45, including lunch! 

Registration extended through November 4th.

See below for Tom Vesper’s other presentations.



Litigators: Here is Your CLE!

The nationally renowned trial prep consultant and speaker Tom Vesper presents two days of Advanced Discovery and Trial Preparation. Surely you don’t know everything there is to know about depositions and discovery planning! So, join these programs and improve your skills:

Depos for Dummies with Tom Vesper

Friday, November 14, 2008

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., HEI Training Center

  Develop a Discovery Plan with Tom Vesper

 Saturday, November 15, 2008

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., HSBA Conference Room


December 9, 2008

Hot Topics in Litigation

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the HEI Training Center

Details for this seminar are subject to change. Please check www.hsba.org/cle-calendar.aspx for updates.



Section Connection


Tax Section

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2008

Cades Schutte, 12th Floor Large Conference Room, 1000 Bishop Street

(No parking validation)

Click here for more information.

Natural Resources Section

11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HSBA Conference Room

Labor & Employment Law Section

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Conference Room at Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris,

700 Bishop St., 15th Floor.

Sandwiches provided.

Click here for more information.

Probate and Estate Planning Section

12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday November 19, 2008

HSBA Conference Room

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2008

HSBA Conference Room 306, 1132 Bishop Street, 3rd Fl.

Free. Please bring your own lunch.

"The Impact of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Cases on Patent Licensing"

Mark Holmes, PatentBridge Inc., Menlo Park, CA

Admiralty Law Section

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Law offices of Damon Key, Pauahi Tower, Suite 1600, 1003 Bishop Street, Honolulu

Collection Law Section

9:00 a.m. Friday, November 21, 2008

American Savings Bank Tower 1001 Bishop Street,

8th Floor, HEI Training Room 2

Identity Fraud and Theft: What Happens After You or Your Client Have Been Victimized


Want to join a Section?  View a list of our sections by clicking here and apply today.

You may also want to apply for a Neighbor Island Bar or Specialty Bar.

View list of Neighbor Island and Specialty Bars.



West Hawaii Bar Association

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. November 14, 2008

Judge Ibarra's Courtroom: 81-940 Halekii Street, Kealakekua, HI. 96750

How To Organize Your Life



HSBA Office Needs

HSBA is still looking for some gently used office furniture such as an office divider, file cabinet, and book shelves. If you have items to donate, please contact Iris Ito at 537-1868.




Beware of scam emails that have been targeting collection attorneys. A scam similar to the one below has become common in California and a number of firms have been victimized. See tips at the bottom for avoiding these scams.

Example of a Scam Email:

“Attention Counsel,

We contact you to represent our company after a careful review of your profile from the American Bar Association/martindale.com. We are of the opinion that a reputable attorney is required to represent us in North America in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by our North America clients…

Once more thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to read this mail Yours truly, Lou Kong


Asia Pacific Microsystems, Inc.

#2. R&D Rd. VI

Science-based Industrial Park

Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C.

Tel (General):    +886-3-6661188

Fax (General):   +886-3-6661199”

Tips for avoiding scams:

·         Research the name(s) in the email: Sender, Company, alleged Chairman/CEO. In the example above, the Company named is legitimate but the person alleged to be Chairman/CEO is not.

·         Look at the return email address. If an email claiming to be from a “corporation” comes through a Gmail account, it’s probably bogus. The scam above came through a Gmail account.




Our member-access portal is now open! HSBA Members in good standing are now able to change CONTACT INFORMATION online by accessing http://MyHSBA.org.

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.


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