Bar Notes
July 2010
July 2010

July 15: Webinar

July 16: Labor & Employment Section Meeting Cancelled, Rescheduled for August 3

July 16: Real Property & Financial Services Section Meeting

July 20: Natural Resources Section Meeting

July 21: Family Law Section Meeting

July 21: Probate and Estate Planning Section Meeting

July 23: HILO CLE Seminar: Evidence, Legal Research, and Person & Asset Locate

July 27: Litigation Section Meeting

July 28: MCPE- Mediation Seminar by Ellen Carson & Lou Chang

July 29: SCD Coffee Hour- Martial Law through Art & Film

July 30: Senior Counsel Division Board Meeting

July 31: MAUI- 18th Annual Arthur T. Ueoka Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament


Deadline extended to July 30! MCLE Board Openings!

Call for applicants to fill 3 expiring terms on the MCLE Board. Applicants must be either practicing on a neighbor island, in-house, or in a small firm.  Submit resumes and cover letters to HSBA, attention Jodie Hagerman, MCLE Administrator. 


It’s Not Too Late! Join LRIS and Get That Repeat Business You’re Looking For!

Visit the LRIS webpage to see what your colleagues have to say about us and to download a registration form!


Bar Directory! 2010-11 Order Form Available!

Order your additional copies by August 1, 2010!

save the dates

Friday:  September 17, 2010:    HSBA Annual Meeting and Bar Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Friday:  October 22, 2010:    Hawaii Professionalism Course

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

Print our flyer and save the date.


Call for Comments on Judicial Nominees

In two e-mail communications dated July 14, 2010, the HSBA formally called for comments for three nominees for the Circuit Court and four nominees for the District Court, all in the First Circuit. The Senate has until August 13, 2010 to confirm these nominees.

The Governor will announce her nominee for Chief Justice within the next several days.

What's HSBA's involvement you ask?

Article IX of the HSBA Constitution provides that "[t]he Board shall evaluate the qualifications of persons appointed to judicial office in Hawaii or the positions of Hawaii State Attorney General or Hawaii U.S. Attorney, and inform the confirming authority of such recommendations and evaluations.”

The HSBA board adopted detailed procedures some years ago for this evaluation process to ensure fairness to those being evaluated. The board solicits confidential comments from members, contacts references, and interviews the nominee. The board then takes a position on the nominee.

Still have questions? E-mail

From President Hugh Jones:

"And the planning continues..."

Past HSBA Strategic Planning efforts have led to the creation of a Senior Counsel Division and to a very successful Leadership Institute which is now providing programming to its second class of participants. Later this month, the HSBA will convene another strategic planning/leadership conference for members of the board, section chairs, law related organizations, and other bar leaders to solicit input about ongoing strategic planning concerning: (1) civic education (2) a mentoring program for new and "resuming" lawyers and (3) improved communications and the use of emerging social media. This is a great opportunity for the Bar's leadership to seek and obtain important and constructive input on future strategic initiatives for the HSBA.

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 July and August, here's what we have:

  • WITH 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 registraton. 3 MCPE Credits.

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!"

Want to get your personal finances in order? Mark your calendars and come to our YLD financial planning seminar at noon on August 25th at the Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel law firm. Stay tuned for more details.

Also, the YLD is looking for enthusiastic attorneys who are interested in running for an officer or director position for 2011 YLD Board. See the links below or contact the YLD at

Don't Forget!

Senior Counsel Division: Martial Law through Art & Film!

Sign up today for the SCD's July 29 "Coffee Hour" featuring the film, "When Fear Reigned," with a special Q&A with Judicial History Center Education Specialist, Keahe Davis! We're planning for light refreshements, a tour of the Martial Law Gallery, and a great rapport, but we need your RSVP's. A minimum number of attendees are needed to host this coffee hour. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, July 27.

Check out the SCD webpage to stay informed!