A Message from President Louise K.Y. Ing:
Foremost in our hearts and minds today, no doubt, is the massive earthquake in Japan, the horrifying photos of giant tsunamis tearing through northern Honshu Island, the welfare of people in Japan (many of whom are friends, colleagues and family of HSBA members), as well as the impact of the smaller Hawai`i tsunamis on our Hawai`i businesses and citizens. Reports from friends and colleagues in Tokyo have been encouraging, and reports from a few in Kyoto (including my son, visiting for the first time) are that tremors were not felt.
The HSBA and HSBA International Section members planning the April friendship visit with the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association in Japan will be looking at ways we can support the relief effort in Japan. We will keep you posted.
In the meantime, please save the date of July 16, 2011, for HSBA's 2011 fundraiser dinner pa`ina (party). This year, the beneficiary will be the self-help centers being established at state courthouses on the major islands as a joint project of Access to Justice Commission and HSBA's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, with the support of the State Judiciary.
See more from Louise here.
A Message from YLD President Levi Hookano:
First off, our thoughts and hearts go out to those affected by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The YLD is the statewide contact to provide legal assistance to victims of disasters in Hawaii. Assistance is needed to update our Disaster Assistance Relief Manual and to help staff Disaster Assistance Relief Centers across the state when called upon by the State Civil Defense or FEMA. Although Hawaii was not directly affected by this disaster, many of our friends, colleagues, and family members in Japan were. Therefore, in keeping with the spirit of the YLD’s commitment to assisting in disaster relief, we will be looking to provide whatever assistance we can to our friends overseas. Updates will be forthcoming.
In other YLD news, the High School Mock Trial finals wrapped up on Saturday, March 12 at the State Supreme Court. Congratulations to the Moanalua High School team who will be representing the state at the Nationals in May in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you to all the volunteer judges, coaches, teachers, sheriffs, and coordinators for making this year’s competition a success! Special thanks to CJ Recktenwald, ICA Chief Judge Nakamura, and ICA Judges Foley and Leonard for judging in the final day of competition.
Also, we are preparing for Law Week and will be looking for volunteers for legal clinics and other projects. We hope to expand the reach of our legal clinics this year and provide services to more people than ever before. In these times of disaster and economic hardship we have an increased obligation to help those in need and to increase access to justice. The YLD is committed to doing its part.
Aloha, Associate Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna: Justice McKenna's swearing-in ceremony was held on March 3, 2011 among family and friends at the Hawaii Supreme Court. Justice McKenna was approved by the Senate for the appointment on February 16, 2011. Photo compliments of Derwin Hayashi.
2011 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE APPLICATION DEADLINE SET FOR APRIL 28, 2011!
The 8-month program will provide participants with the introduction and tools for leadership opportunities within the Bar and larger community! Information and an application packet will be available on the Leadership Institute webpage later this month.
Call Angela Sablan, staff liaison, at (808) 537-1868 if you have additional questions.
HSBA Annual Awards: Call for Nominations
Know of an unsung hero who is deserving of recognition? Nominate a colleague for one of HSBA'S Awards. Nominations should include the name, address, phone number, and statement of the nominee's qualifications.
Please submit to the Awards Committee, c/o HSBA, by mail or email firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than June 17, 2011. These awards will be presented at the HSBA Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Bar Convention on September 23, 2011. Please call Anna Cottrell at the HSBA Office if you need additional information.
See HSBA's awards page for more information.
Run for the 2012 HSBA Board!
Consider offering your expertise or fresh ideas to the HSBA Board by running in the next election. Officer positions have a 1-year and director positions have a 2-year term. The HSBA/ABA Delegate position is a 2-year term. Apply by April 30th to the HSBA Nominating Committee by mail (HSBA office), fax (521-7936), or email (email@example.com).
ABA Bar Leadership Institute: President-elect Carol Muranaka is pictured on left with President-elect Donald McClintock of the Alaska Bar Association at the annual ABA Bar Leadership Institute that was held in Chicago earlier this month.
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