A Message from President Craig P. Wagnild:


Allow me to share with you one of the reasons I am proud to be a Hawaii lawyer. In a word: civility. I know, all members of our profession give the word lip service, but in my experience and that of many attorneys I have spoken to about this subject, Hawaii attorneys truly engage in a kinder, more respectful practice of law than lawyers in other states. I am not altogether sure why this is, but I know why I feel this way and perhaps that is the most important and instructive message anyway.

I remember when I started practicing law and I met attorneys that showed me kindness and respect. Often I was struck by the fact that they were longstanding, highly regarded attorneys with impressive careers. They didn’t need to give me the time of day. But they did. I could name them but rather than do that and inevitably leave many out, perhaps it is enough to say that I clearly remember more than 100 Hawaii attorneys who went out of their way to help me, to support me, and to show me respect as another attorney. And I am not alone in these experiences. Other attorneys have shared wonderful stories of courtesies and assistance received from adverse counsel even in highly contentious cases.

In my mind, each of the attorneys who treated me (and others) civilly demonstrated a fundamental respect for our profession and our role as lawyers. After all, we are each representatives of our clients and at the same time officers of the court. The respect we show each other mirrors our respect for the rule of law, our judicial system, and the legal process. Attorneys that care about our profession, how it is perceived by others and the importance of the role it plays in society, practice law in a manner that demonstrates the esteem to which the profession of law should be held. And I respect and admire the way they practice because they treat others the way they wish to be treated – the way each of us acting in our roles as representatives of clients, officers of the court, and ambassadors of our profession, should be treated. They make me proud to be an attorney and I hope to model my own practice and behavior after them. In that manner, they have brought more to the civility of practice than just their own actions, but helped to mold mine and those of generations to come.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President Jeff Kent:


We are looking for volunteers for Law Week clinics happening throughout the state on Saturday, May 4. Attorneys provide basic legal information to walk-up clients. For more information please contact us at yld@hsba.org.

Congratulations to Moanalua High School for winning the state mock trial championship. Best of luck at nationals.

Thank you to all the volunteers that have been staffing our weekly legal lines. Please check this page for more information about this great program:


Jeff Kent
HSBA Room Available at Kapolei Court Complex

Attention all HSBA members, especially those who practice at the Kapolei Court Complex: take advantage of the HSBA Room on the 4th floor! The room is equipped with four workstations and four chairs to allow attorneys to rest or work in-between court apperances.

Applications Sought for Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program and Disciplinary Boards

The Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program Board and Disciplinary Board will have terms expiring on their respective boards. General qualifications for these positions include sound judgment, affirmative interest in the organization, willingness and ability to devote time to perform necessary duties, including learning the procedures, methods and functions of the organization. These positions are not compensated. However travel expenses to attend board meetings is reimbursed. Applicants from all islands are invited to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2013. Details here: http://bit.ly/XNGXuL

Get ahead in 2013 through the HSBA's Lawyer Referral & Information Service!

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Join a nationwide network of ABA approved LRIS Services!

Learn more about the HSBA's LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE (LRIS) - The only game in town with nearly 40 years of Bar sponsorship. To sign up download the registration form or email LRIS@hsba.org.

Member Benefit Corner - Savings and Special Offers:

First Hawaiian Bank: HSBA members are eligible for these special banking offers from First Hawaiian Bank: Totally free checking with direct deposit with complimentary tool kit, 50% off safe deposit box, and free online banking plus 12 months of free bill payment. Restrictions apply. See the flyer for more information. Offer expires May 31, 2013.

Bank of Hawaii: Bankoh, recognizing that busy Hawaii lawyers sometimes need special attention and expedited banking services for themselves, their firms, for cases and for clients, has identified individual bankers who are ready, willing and able to provide the Hawaii State Bar Association and its members professional banking solutions. For questions and requests concerning banking services at Bank of Hawaii, call Naomi Masuno for business matters at 694-8332 and Amy Miller for consumer matters at 694-4716.



April 15
Commission on Professionalism Deadline

April 17
Probate & Estate Planning Section Meeting

April 25
HSBA Board Meeting
Judicial Vacancy Application Deadline

April 26
ADR Section Workshop
Inside/Outside Counsel Seminar (1 MCPE)
Natural Resource Section CLE (1 VCLE)

April 29
HSBA Civility Seminar (2 MCPE)

April 30
Deadline to Apply to 2014 HSBA Board
Deadline to Apply for Grand Jury Counsel
SCD Coffee Hour on Cash & Counseling

Upcoming Continuing Legal Education Opportunities

Understanding the Inside/Outside Counsel Relationship
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room
View the program flyer
In-Person Registration
Live Webcast Registration

Natural Resource Section Presents "Marine Debris - VCLE at Sea"
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Location: Makani Catamaran
View the program flyer
In-Person Registration

Civility and Zealous Advocacy in the Practice of Law
Date: Monday, April 29, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room
View the program flyer
In-Person Registration
Live Webcast Registration

2013 Spring Conference
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013
Location: Honolulu Country Club
Up to 4.25 MCPE
View the Spring Conference flyer and Conference Rates Information

Announcement from the Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee

As a follow up to the Access to Justice Commission Pro Bono Task Initiative Force event held in February, the HSBA Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee is coordinating a free training on May 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the HSBA Conference Room, required for attorneys to provide pro bono service at the Access to Justice Room - Honolulu District Court. Attorneys are encouraged to attend, complete the training with colleagues from other firms and enjoy a light lunch to follow sponsored by the Schlack Ito law firm. First come, first served; attendance is limited. To RSVP, view the event information.

HSBA Family Connections

This month's interview features Michael W. Gibson, partner at Honolulu law firm Ashford & Wriston, and his son Noah Gibson, a Deputy Public Defender in Kona on the Big Island. Read the entire feature on the HSBA website. Have a HSBA family you would like to recommend for this feature? Email Lynn Shizumura at lshizumura@hsba.org.

Upcoming SCD Coffee Hour on Cash and Counseling: A New Direction in Long-Term Care

The next SCD coffee hour is on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the HSBA Conference Room. This informational session is free to HSBA members. Please note: the HSBA does not provide parking validation. For more information on the upcoming coffee hour view the flyer. To RSVP email Brian Simon at bsimon@hsba.org.

Run for the 2014 HSBA Board

Consider offering your expertise or fresh ideas to the HSBA Board by running in the next election.

The following officer positions (1-year term) will be available beginning January 2014: Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The following director positions (2-year term) will be available: five for Oahu, one for Kauai, and one for West Hawaii. Board members from Maui and East Hawaii are currently serving a 2-year term set to expire in December 2014. If interested, email a cover letter & resume to the HSBA Nominating Committee (nominations@hsba.org) by April 30th. The Nominating Committee will have a slate ready by the end of May, and discourages any campaigning before that time.

2013 Basic Legal Staff Training and Certification Registration Form Available

The Basic Legal Staff Training and Certification Program for 2013 will run from June through September. Training is designed for legal support staff covering major categories of law: Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Family, Criminal Law and more. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31.

For more information email egomez@hsba.org or call 792-7350. Webcast options available for Neighbor Island participants. View and download the 2013 Program Registration Form.

Attorneys & Judges Assistance Program (AAP)

The Attorneys & Judges Assistance Program was established more than twenty years ago by the Hawaii Supreme Court "to provide immediate and continuing assistance to any attorney or judge who has a problem or is impaired for any reason."

The AAP has trained lawyers and counselors who have learned from experience better ways to deal with these issues. A call to the AAP office will put you in touch with someone who can show you an easier way to cope with life's problems. The services are free and strictly confidential, and communications are privileged. Visit the program website for contact information.