Bar Notes
August 2010
Bar Convention!

You asked for it and we got it done!

Register and pay online for your registration to the September 17 Bar Convention!

Check out our Bar Convention webpage to register and for information regarding seminars & pricing.

August 2010

August 18: Probate & Estate Planning Section Meeting

August 20: HSBA Office Closed in Observance of Statehood

August 24: Litigation Section Meeting

August 25: VCLE w/ WEBCAST! Annual Real Property Legislative Update, 2 VCLE Credits.

August 25: FREE YLD LUNCHEON SEMINAR! Financial & Retirement Planning 101

August 26: HSBA Board Meeting

August 26: Swearing-In Ceremony: Four Oahu District Judges

August 27: MEMBER BENEFIT! Webinar

August 27: MCPE w/ WEBCAST! How to Primer on Attorney Professionalism, 3 MCPE Credits.

August 29: Amended Child Support Guidelines Take Effect

August 30: SCD Coffee Hour! Hawaii's Chaotic Political Season w/ guest speaker Dan Boylan

August 31: HRPC Webcast. Information coming soon!

Annual Dinner

Saturday:  November 6, 2010:    HSBA Annual Dinner:   “Passport to Paradise”

Print our flyer and save the date.

Bar Dinner webpage, along with online purchasing, will be available soon!


"Leadership Under the Microscope"

The HSBA’s longstanding role in the confirmation of judicial nominees has recently been criticized, especially by those members and others who disagreed with the Board of Directors’ (“Board”) evaluation of qualifications of the Governor’s nominee for Chief Justice.  

The HSBA Board, comprised of ten men and ten women from various backgrounds and widely diverse legal practices, applied the HSBA policy without political or gender based considerations interfering in the process.  Although the Board welcomes constructive suggestions about existing policies, the negative media coverage was unwarranted.

Read the full message.

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2011 HSBA Board Elections Online!

Read up on your 2011 HSBA Board Candidates (please allow time for the webpage to download) and familiarize yourself with their goals for the Bar.

        • Watch the interviews of your vice presidential candidates here.
        • Ballots will be distributed electronically next week!
        • A formal announcement of the 2011 Board will be made at the HSBA Annual Meeting on September 17 at the Annual Bar Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Live Seminars and Live Webcasts!

Fulfill your MCPE requirements now! We have several upcoming seminars that are both timely and are MCPE & VCLE credit approved. Visit the CLE webpage regularly to see what we are planning. For August, here's what we have:

  • LIVE WEBCAST! Friday, August 27, 2010
    Topic: "How To" Primer on Attorney Professionalism
    Honorable Karen Ahn, Circuit Court, First Circuit
    • Roy Bell, Law Office of Roy Bell
    • Honorable Robert Browning, Circuit Court, First Circuit
    • Honorable Gary Chang, Circuit Court, First Circuit
    • Edward Harada, Office of the Public Defender
    • Janet Hunt, Chief Disciplinary Counsel
    • Honorable Trudy Senda, District Court, Fifth Circuit
    • Kevin Takata, Dept. of the Prosecuting Attorney
    • Michael Tanoue, The Pacific Law Group
    Webcast registration. 3 MCPE Credits.

Getting it From the Source: HRPC News Coming Your Way!

Amendments to the HRPC (including an Executive Summary of Hot Topics) are posted on the HSBA and ODC websites. On August 31, 2010 we will webcast a discussion of hot topics by the drafters--stay tuned for more information!

Court News: Be Aware of What's Going On!

Aloha, CJ Moon!

As we welcome new judges, join the legal profession in celebrating retirement with Chief Justice Moon on September 4, 2010. Information on the event and tickets available.

YLD President Lisa K.Y. Nakahara:

"We Invite You!"

Get your financial house in order and come to the YLD’s Professional & Personal Development Seminar on "Financial and Retirement Planning 101" on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, 1099 Alakea Street, 20th Floor Conference Room, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  The speakers with be Jimmy Bennett, Certified Financial Planner with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Billy Pieper, Vice President and Manager, Retirement Plan Services with Bank of Hawaii. Seating is limited so please call early to reserve a space. Deadline to sign up will be Friday, August 20. Please contact the HSBA at 537-1868 to sign up or for more information. A light lunch will be provided.

Senior Counsel Division: Hawaii's Chaotic Political Season

Sign up today for the SCD's August 30 "Coffee Hour" featuring MidWeek Columnist, Dan Boylan. Join as we talk-story about the current political landscape of our state, with an opportunity for Q&A. We're planning for light refreshements and to stream the presentation LIVE to our members, but we need your RSVP's. A minimum number of attendees are needed to host this coffee hour. Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, August 26.

Check out the SCD webpage to stay informed!

CASEMAKER: Legal Research in the Palm of Your Hand!

CASEMAKER has a mobile app that is available at At this time it supports the iPhone, iPad, and other similar apple devices as well as the Blackberry Bold and Storm only. Visit the website on your device and register it. Registration is free and will allow you to set up a username and password unique to the mobile site. Have questions, please contact us at

Notice: Deadline to Apply for the Board of Examiners is September 15!

The Nominating Committee of the Supreme Court has announced it is accepting applications from attorneys wishing to serve as members of the Board of Bar Examiners.

More information available here.