JUNE 2011
Our Annual Dinner is a Month Away!


Details: July 16, 2011 at the Hawaii Convention Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

We're still accepting ticket and table purchases and silent auction donations to support our beneficiaries, the Self-Help Center Collaborations and the public service projects of the bar. Buy a table or tickets today!

We also have in the works, a one-of-a-kind "Lawyer Kanikapila" Hawaiian music program, organized by Lyle Hosoda, which will feature many talented musician-lawyer colleagues playing, singing or dancing hula.


>> Deadline: June 17! HSBA Award Nominations

>> SCD Call for Volunteers:
Help Produce a Series of Brochures for the Judiciary Self-Help Centers

>> Basic Legal Training Starts in July

>> Join the Lawyer Referral & Information Service, Fiscal year begins July 1, 2011

>> Attorneys Sought for DCCA Panels: Volunteer for MCCP and DCCP Panels is July 1

>> Bar Directory! 2011-12 Order Form Available, No Extras will be Available After Print so Purchase Today!

Access to Justice News

June 24, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
William S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole Street, Classrooms 2 and 3

JuNe calendar

June 15- Family Law Section Meeting

June 15- Probate & Estate Planning Section Meeting

June 17- Deadline: Nominations for HSBA Awards

June 17- CLE: Hawaii Professionalism Course

June 17- Real Property & Financial Services Section Meeting

June 21- Hawaii Women Lawyers Annual Membership Meeting

June 21: Legal Marketing Best Practices Seminar with Bob Silvy, Vice President- Marketing for American City Business Journals

June 21- Litigation Section Meeting

June 22- YLD Professional Services Social

June 22- Informational Meeting: New Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Program

June 23- HSBA Board Meeting

June 23- Joint Swearing-In Ceremony for First Circuit District & Family Court Judgeships

June 24- CLE (KONA): HRPC Seminar

June 24- 2011 Hawaii Access to Justice Conference

June 24- SCD Board Meeting

June 28- Labor & Employment Law Section Meeting

June 29- CLE Seminar: Appellate Practice

June 30- Deadline to Apply: HSBA Executive Director Position


CLE Upcoming Courses! Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, June 17
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: Honolulu Country Club
Hawaii Professionalism Course
Tuesday, June 21
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (Breakfast & Registration begins 7:30 a.m.)
Free! Breakfast included, hosted by Pacific Business News
Location: HSBA Conference Room
2011 Legal Marketing Best Practices
Speaker: Bob Silvy, Vice President - Marketing for American City Business Journals

Friday, June 24
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct (Kona)

Wednesday, June 29
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: HSBA Conference Room
Appellate Practice
Speakers: Honorable Alexa D.M. Fujise, Associate Judge, ICA; Elizabeth M. Zack, Esq., Supervising Staff Attorney, ICA; Evelyn Rimando, Supreme Court Clerk; Benjamin E. Lowenthal, Esq., former ICA law clerk, private practice; Peter Van Name Esser, Esq., private practice

Continue to visit our CLE webpage to stay on-top of our latest seminars, publications and webcasts! We've also launched our Bar Convention webpage that will be up and running with additional details and a registration module soon!

MCLE Board Openings- Call for applicants to fill 3 expiring terms on the MCLE Board. Submit resumes and cover letters to HSBA, attention Allyson Kumik, MCLE Administrator, no later than Friday, July 29, 2011.

BENCH BAR COMMITTEE: Have a courtroom concern?

The Bench Bar Committee, co chaired by Judge Steve Alm and HSBA Past President Hugh Jones, meets quarterly to discuss “bench-bar issues”. This is your chance to raise a concern, about procedures, questionable courtroom behavior, whatever. Send your confidential comment to

A Message from YLD President Levi Hookano:

Congratulations to the newest members of the HSBA!  I had the honor of addressing the newly sworn in members of the Bar earlier this month and I can remember sitting in their seats being glad the bar exam is behind me.  The message I shared with Hawaii’s newest attorneys was this: Don’t be “that guy,” be kind to the staff (e.g. bring malasadas to work), and build relationships.  These three things will help start you on the right foot in your career.  HSBA President Louise Ing and I both emphasized that building relationships is so important here in Hawaii.  I encourage all of our new attorneys to get involved with the Bar and the Young Lawyers Division and to apply for the HSBA Leadership Institute to build relationships with your peers. 

So to our newest attorneys, congratulations again, I look forward to working with all of you and hope to see you at our YLD events!


YLD Professional Services Social, June 22

Nominations Open for Liberty Bell & Justice Award

A Message from President Louise K.Y. Ing:

Like Levi, I had my first chance to address our newest members of the bar on June 3 in the Supreme Court (home of Hawai`i Five-0, as C.J. Recktenwald gamely pointed out).  The opportunity gave me a chance to ponder the advice I would have wanted to hear as a new lawyer or indeed, a lawyer at almost any stage of his/her career.  Here's my  List of Five:

  1. You Didn't Just Waste Your LIfe:  a law degree is one of your most valuable assets.  Legal training develops one's skills at analyzing, problem-solving, listening and communicating;
  2. Hard work with Bennies:  there's no way around it-law practice is hard work, but the silver lining:  it's never boring.  There's always the next challenge to overcome and use as a personal growth opportunity;
  3. Passion and Engagement:  find something in your work, community or life to be passionate about and get involved- it makes work more fun and us lawyers better, more interesting human beings;
  4. Ask a Mentor to Lunch: find your own mentors, don't wait for them to find you.  Ask someone you admire or want to learn from out to lunch or coffee;
  5. Don't Avoid Lawyers:  our law school colleagues are the start of a lifelong network of friends, supporters and inspiration.  Build relationships, don't burn bridges with lawyers we meet on cases; Hawai`i is too small for that.  Get involved in the State Bar Association, a section, a committee or HSBA's Leadership Institute for lawyers with 3-15 years of experience.  They are all avenues to help improve the legal profession and our community, while improving our own leadership skills and working with a good group of engaged and energetic lawyers. 

Judiciary News- Stay on Top of Rule Changes!

For the latest on appellate rules, visit the Judiciary's RSS feed or attend our June 29 Appellate Seminar!


  • Effective June 13, 2011 the Honorable Judge Michael K. Tanigawa will be assigned as a District Court Judge of the First Circuit. Judge Tanigawa was previously serving as a Family Court Judge of the First Circuit.

Aloha, Judge Rhonda Loo!

HSBA President Louise Ing (right) is pictured with Second Circuit's first female circuit court judge Rhonda Loo (center) and HSBA Maui Director Tim McNulty (left).

Cy Pres Amendment

Attorneys involved in class action litigation are reminded that the Hawaii Supreme Court amended Rule 23 of the Hawaii Rules of Civil Procedure to require the distribution of funds payable to class members that are not actually paid to such members (as occurs, for example, when they cannot be located or do not submit a required form of claim) as provided in the final order of distribution. The court has discretion to approve the recipient of such funds as agreed to by the parties. Among the permissible recipients of such funds are nonprofit legal services providers and the Hawai‘i Justice Foundation (for distribution by it to such providers).

See official press release and Haw.R.Civ. Pro. 23(f) for more information.