may 2011
HRPC: Deadline to Comment Extended to October 31, 2011

The Supreme Court has granted the request of the HSBA Board for an extension until October 31, 2011 of the comment period on the proposed amendments to the HRPC and on separately proposed amendments to HRPC Rules 6.1 and 6.5.   

The proposed amendments will dramatically impact the practice of law---be informed and comment. Comments may be sent to the Judiciary or to

See our HRPC webpage for more information.

May calendar

May 19- Labor and Employment Law Section Meeting

May 19- Application Deadline: Judicial Vacancy- Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oahu)

May 19- Business Law Section Meeting

May 20- Memorial Service: Jon J. Chinen,
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (ret.) at the U.S. District Court

May 20- Real Property and Financial Services Section Meeting

May 24- Hawaii County Bar Association CLE Seminar: The Impact of the Proposed Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, if Adopted, on Your Practice

May 25- CLE: Tort Law Update

May 26- Orientation for 2011 New Admittees

May 26- HSBA Board Meeting

May 27- Swearing-in Ceremony for Edmund Acoba

May 27- SCD Board Meeting

May 30- HSBA Office Closed in Observance of Memorial Day



We’re working on finalizing the information and the photos for the 2011-2012 Bar Directory. Make sure your information is correct by visiting the online directory at If you need to make changes to your profile log on to and make changes online or contact Liberty at If you’d like to update your photo or get rid of that gray box placeholder, come into the HSBA offices and get a new picture taken!

Give us a ring at 808-537-1868 if you have questions.

CLE Seminar, May 25! Tort Law Update!

HSBA presents its annual stand-alone Tort Law Update program featuring summaries of 2010's significant tort law decisions. Sign-up today!

CLE Update: Continue to visit our CLE webpage for the latest seminar information including our September Bar Convention Programs and Trial Academy set for October!

Judiciary News- Legislature Update!

This year, the Legislature provided the Judiciary with $8.1 million to end furloughs, but at the same time, cut its budget by more than $4.1 million to reflect a 5% salary cut and another $2 million lump sum reduction to its budget which will adversely affect services and programs.  On the more positive side, more than $31 million was provided in CIP funds for the fiscal biennium, of which $12 million was for purchase of land and design for a new Kona Courthouse.

Swearing-in Ceremony, May 27: Edmund Acoba as District Court Judge, Fifth Circuit (Kauai)

Judicial Vacancy, Nominations due June 13: District Judge, Second Circuit Court (Maui)

Swearing-in Ceremony, June 9: Judge Rhonda Loo as Circuit Court Judge, Second Circuit

A Message from President Louise K.Y. Ing:

Pá'ina for the People! July 16th is the date of this year's HSBA dinner and fundraiser at the Hawai`i Convention Center. Help us invest in a good cause--self help centers in all judiciary districts. Sponsor a table or buy seats. If you reserve TODAY and notify us, we will list you in the "honor roll" of table sponsors in the June Bar Journal.
Our "Lawyer Kanikapila" Hawaiian music program, organized by Lyle Hosoda, will feature some of our many talented musician-lawyer colleagues playing, singing or dancing hula. We also welcome your help in providing or finding wine donations for our wine-tasting (organized for a second year by HSBA oenophile Calvin Young of the Ayabe Chong firm), as well as silent auction donations. Our silent auction donations include hotel stays, a 7-day ski package at Big White Ski Resort, restaurant certificates, delectable cookie baskets, jewelry, and other temptations. Dinner will be a Pacific Rim buffet.

I hope you'll join us for food, wine, music, fellowship and a supporting a good cause!

Read more from Louise here.

Member Benefit Update: HSBA members over age 50 will soon receive information kits in the mail for the new HSBA-sponsored Senior Group Term Life Insurance benefit.   This plan has been approved by HSBA's Member Benefits Committee, and enables members over age 50 (and their spouses over age 45) to quickly and easily apply for up to $50,000 of group term life insurance without the necessity of a physical exam.  For questions or more information, contact the program administrator at 866-810-9451.


•June 3- Swearing-in for 2011 New Admittees

• June 17: Deadline for Nominations for HSBA Awards
• June 17: Hawaii Professionalism Course
• June 22: YLD Professional Services Social
• June 24: 2011 Access to Justice Conference

• June 30: Deadline to Apply for HSBA Executive Director Position
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• Check out our 2011 Bar Statistics-- now online!

A Message from YLD President Levi Hookano:

As many of you already know, May 1-7 was proclaimed Law Week in Hawaii by Governor Abercrombie as well as by our State’s mayors.  The Young Lawyers Division appreciates all of the hard work put into by the volunteers of the Action Line and Law Day clinics to provide free legal information across the state. 

It is important to remember, however, that the legal needs of our citizens do not only arise during one week of the year.  Therefore, I urge all of our attorneys, to reach out and help those who are in trouble whether by volunteering with the YLD, through pro bono efforts on your own, or with legal service providers.    

I thank everyone once again for making Law Week 2011 a huge success and look forward to working with all of you through the YLD’s projects throughout the rest of the year.

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Classes start in July and run through September. Sign-up today!