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jANUARY 2011
HAWAII RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 9, 2011

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.

JANUARY CALENDAR

January 20: Business Section Meeting

January 18: HSBA Online Judicial Evaluations Close

January 21: Real Property & Financial Services Section Meeting

January 25: Litigation Section Meeting

January 27: HSBA Board Meeting

January 27: Section Chairs Orientation

January 27: YLD Social

January 28: 3 MCPE Credit Seminar- Effective Lawyer Client Communications

January 31: Deadline to Apply for Rule 19 Committee

January 31: DEADLINE FOR 2011 RENEWAL

Member benefit notice

Due to the merger of Go! Airlines and Mokulele Airlines, the Mokulele Online Booking Tool will no longer be available after February 28, 2011. HSBA Members should register to begin making reservations online at http://www.iflygocorp.com. You will need to include corporate code HSB59. HSBA Members will still enjoy lower fares, 3 free checked bags, and 2 changes per reservation at no charge. For new HSBA corporate account details, please click here.

IOLTA Update

FDIC Coverage on IOLTA Accounts Extended by Congress:   On 12/22/10, Congress passed legislation extending unlimited FDIC coverage for IOLTA accounts beyond 2010.   This is good news for attorneys and law firms, whose IOLTA accounts remain covered.    The Hawaii State Bar Association and the Hawaii Justice Foundation thank Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation for supporting this crucial legislation. 

 

DEADLINE FOR RENEWAL: JANUARY 31, 2011

RENEWALS MAILED OR NEGOTIATED ONLINE AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $100 LATE FEE.

DO IT NOW--DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

Access our HSBA online renewal portal here.

Also--Active members are reminded to participate in the 2011 HSBA Judicial evaluation by responding to the email from hsba@ballotbox.com.

HSBA President Louise K.Y. Ing:

Best wishes for a great 2011! With a new year comes a new team of officers and directors, ready to be of service. You can find us here. We come from diverse backgrounds, organizations and perspectives, so if you have questions or ideas on how HSBA can better support our members, our profession and the public, please email or call any of us. HSBA's 2011 projects include civics education, supporting the launch of self-help centers in state courts, a mentoring program for new lawyers, year 3 of our Leadership Institute for nurturing lawyer leaders, coordinating comments on the proposed major revision of the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, offering an MCPE/exchange trip to Japan in April, planning for our annual fundraiser dinner in July, and supporting Hawai`i's unique opportunity to host the 2011 APEC meetings. If you are interested in helping on any of these projects, please let us know! I look forward to working with you.

The HSBA and the HSBA International Law Section will be in Tokyo from April 17-19, 2011 to join the Tokyo Dai Ichi Bar Association in putting on seminars relevant to the international lawyer. As part of the Friendship Agreement re-signed last year by both Bars, this is a fantastic opportunity to go abroad and earn MCPE credits! Deadline to register is February 28, 2011.

HSBA Board amends policy/procedures for participation in judicial selection process.    After receiving  member comments submitted in response to the President’s request in late 2010, the Board formed a committee to review and propose revisions to the Board’s long-standing policy on Judicial and Executive Appointments.   After extensive review, at its December meeting, the HSBA Board approved changes in its written policy which:

  • Amend the disclosure provisions to provide that the HSBA President/designee may present to the confirming authority a statement prepared by the Board on the reason for the rating of the nominee but may only answer questions relating to HSBA policies and procedures
  • Amend the conflict of interest provisions to exclude from voting on a nominee any director who has or intends to take a public position on a nominee
  • Amend the criteria to add a provision on “Responsibilities and Duties,” which specifically refers to qualifications for the position in question

Revised Section 1.8 of the Board Policy entitled BOARD PARTICIPATION IN JUDICIAL AND EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS.

YLD President Levi Hookano:

Happy New Year! The YLD has great plans in store for 2011to include numerous volunteer opportunities for all of Hawaii’s lawyers. We have a new logo and a new board to ring in the new year. Here is a snapshot of the YLD:

The YLD is the public service arm of the HSBA. Our mission is to promote camaraderie among young lawyers and to provide young lawyers with a means to participate in improving the administration of justice and promote the public welfare.

Read the full message here.


Join us next week on January 27, 2011 for our first YLD professional services social for the year. See our event flyer for registration information.

CLE Courses Available!

 

 

 

 

See our CLE webpage for a full list or print our flyer and add it to your calendar! We'll also be sending you a CLE postcard by the end of the month for your convenience, please keep an eye out for it!

Online Registration to Be Available Soon! Be sure to register at the Early Bird Rate!