february 2011


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february calendar

February 16: Deadline for Comment on Attorney General Nominee

February 16: Family Law Section Meeting

February 16: ADR Section Meeting

February 18: Real Property Section Meeting

February 21: HSBA Office Closed in Observance of President's Day

February 24: HSBA Board Meeting

February 25: SCD Board Meeting

February 28: Deadline to apply for LASH Board

February 28: Deadline to Register for 2011 Law Conference in Tokyo, Japan

hawaii rules of professional conduct


The Supreme Court has posted the revisions to the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, requesting comment by June 9, 2011. The proposed amended rules, an executive summary, a “compare” version showing changes from the current version of HRPC, and video vignettes discussing the most controversial of the proposed amendments are available here. Please review the Executive Summary and the videos to understand the extent to which these proposed amendments will affect your practice of law.

NEW: HRPC Pro Bono Rule- The Supreme Court has posted revisions of the pro bono rule (HRPC 6.1)--which would allow for a $500 payment to a special fund in lieu of pro bono service. The amendment is proposed by the Access to Justice Commission. DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: MARCH 11, 2011.

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The Solo and Small Firm Conference is full of programs that will help you with your law practice!


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Learn more about the program by visiting our webpage.

Don't forget we have CLE webcasts broadcasting this whole month and LIVE seminars accepting registration! Continue to visit the CLE webpage to stay informed with the latest webcasts, seminars and manuals!

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HSBA President Louise K.Y. Ing:

Let your voice be heard! There will be many opportunities this year for HSBA members to provide their comments on judicial appointments, proposed rules changes and legislation, so please take the time to write to us or testify. Your voice can make a difference.

The Governor will be making more appointments for Circuit Court judges, and the Chief Justice will be appointing District Court judges. With every appointment, you will be notified of your opportunity to provide information to HSBA on the candidate on a confidential basis.

The Supreme Court is proposing significant changes to the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct. Proposed changes have been written up in recent Bar Journal issues and on the website. Please review and comment on these changes directly to the Supreme Court or to

Several bills are pending before the legislature of potential interest to HSBA members and our clients. They include bills relating to access to justice, nonprofit corporations, for-profit "public benefit" corporations, and more. Legislators want to hear from their constituents, so submit testimony, which can easily be done online these days.

Looking for a way to get involved with the Bar? Volunteer to chair or sit on one of HSBA’s committees or boards!

See the full list of opportunities here or call us at (808) 537-1868 for more information! We look forward to hearing from you!

YLD President Levi Hookano:

Happy Lunar New Year! Here we are in the second month of 2011 and the YLD is already in full swing. The high school mock trial program is progressing smoothly and planning is underway for our Law Week activities. The Mock Trial finals will be on March 12, 2011 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the State Supreme Court building. The YLD welcomes Chief Justice Recktenwald who will be judging one of the final rounds of the competition.

Another major project being developed is civics education.  Knowledge of civics is vitally important to society and the YLD would like to do its part.  Please stay tuned for information on how you can help make Hawai‘i a better place to live for our parents, ourselves, and future generations. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our two newest board members: Malcolm Barcarse and Ryan Hew.  They bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the YLD Board so that we may better serve you.

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The YLD is in its initial planning stages for Law Week events on every island and we'd like YOU to get involved! Find out ways to get involved by visiting the YLD webpage or by calling us at (808) 537-1868.