HSBA e-Newsletter


August 16:
Access to Justice training

Proposed Rule Amendments Deadline for Comment

August 17:
HSBA Office closed in observance of Statehood Day

August 21:
Government Lawyers Section Board Meeting

August 22:
Access to Justice training

Deadline to RSVP to Real Property & Financial Services Section program

Legal Line

August 23:
HSBA Board Meeting

August 24:
Leadership in Action in the Legal Community for MCPE Credits

CLE Seminar on Kauai - Traveling Road Show: Law Office Organization & Client Service

August 27:
Deadline to Apply for Oahu District Court Per Diem Judgeships

August 28:
SCD Coffee Hour: Care Settings

August 29:
Access to Justice training

Legal Line

August 31:
Deadline to apply for Disciplinary and Examiner Boards

August 23-24:

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice and the UH William S. Richardson School of Law present Symposium on Public Policy Implications of Poverty Trends. The event will feature honored guests, Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman. To reserve your seat click here or call the Hawaii Appleseed office at 587-7605.

Pro Bono Opportunities

If your group or organization would like to list an event or activity which will provide, or which will lead to the provision of pro bono legal services, please contact us at lnakagawa@hsba.org.

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will host a child support seminar on September 27 at Legal Aid Society's office at 924 Bethel Street.

Upon completion of training, pro bono attorneys can accept a case through Legal Aid in a Pro Bono Project (if available). Each course has been approved for 1 (one) hour credit for both Hawaii and California CLE credit. Attendees will receive one VCLE credit for Hawaii, which may be converted to one MCPE credit upon completion of a pro bono case with Legal Aid.

For more information or to reserve your seat (space is limited), please call (808) 527-8005.

Benefits Corner

New HSBA Benefits Partner:

Cafe Julia at the YWCA

10% Discount Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Cafe Julia at the YWCA is the most talked about new restaurant in Downtown Honolulu and is now Honolulu Magazine’s Hale Aina award nominee. Conveniently located on Richards Street, the new management unveiled a menu which offers standard items with a modern flair.

Breakfast selections range from tasty eggs and Portuguese sausage to homemade muffins and pastries to healthy oatmeal and fresh fruit. Familiar lunch offerings include soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Dine indoors or outdoors under the shade of umbrellas.

Present your HSBA membership card for the discount.

August e-Newsletter

The 2012 HSBA Annual Bar Convention will be held on September 21, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Highlights include:

- Keynote speech on "California Courts & the Budget Crisis: The Survival of Justice" by Chief Justice of California, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
- Presentation of the HSBA Annual Awards
- Announcement of the 2013 HSBA election results. For a breakdown of programs and speakers and for registration instructions click here.

News and Announcements

Important! The online ballots for the HSBA Board and JSC election were deployed on Tuesday, August 14. Please note: for the Oahu Directors, you may vote for up to SIX (6) candidates. Be sure to cast your ballot by 12:00 noon on September 19. The results of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, September 21st, in conjunction with the Bar Convention.

The 2012-2013 HSBA Directory is being prepared and will include updated addresses, phone numbers and photos. Every active attorney in Hawaii will be mailed a copy. This year there will be a limited number of extra directories available. Click here to order a copy of the 2012-2013 Bar Directory. The deadline has been extended to August 24.

The Young Lawyers Division is co-sponsoring the upcoming Professional Services Social on Wednesday, September 5 at the M Nightclub. To register for this networking opportunity click here.

President's Messages

A Message from President Carol K. Muranaka:

carolphotoEarlier this year, the HSBA board decided to submit testimony with respect to the mortgage foreclosure bill (H.B. 1875, now Act 182) as related to the attorney affirmation provision. That provision covered only two pages out of the approximately 167 pages of the bill, which provided that an attorney who files on behalf of a mortgagee seeking to foreclose on a residential property shall sign and submit an affirmation that the attorney has verified the accuracy of the documents submitted, under penalty of perjury and subject to applicable rules of professional conduct. (The HSBA board took no position on the remainder of the bill.)

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President John Roth:


I just returned from the WINDY CITY. I was honored to attend the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on behalf of the YLD. It was a great experience to meet YLD members from around the nation and hear about all of the various YLD community programs. Jill Hasegawa and Miriah Holden were also Hawaii delegates.

Read the full message here.

Judiciary Announcements

Directory of Bilingual Attorneys and Legal Assistants:

Bilingual attorneys/paralegals register by September 14 to be listed in the 2012 Directory.

The Judiciary is seeking bilingual attorneys and paralegals interested in listing in the Directory of Bilingual Attorneys and Legal Assistants, which is slated for publication and distribution in October 2012.

The Directory is distributed to non-profit immigrant service organizations and posted on the Judiciary's website, as a resource for more than 1 in 4 Hawaii residents who are foreign-born.

The Directory and application form may be viewed here. Completed registration forms must be submitted by September 14.

Nominations for Jurist of the Year Award

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is requesting that members of the Hawaii State Bar Association submit nominations for the Judiciary's 2012 Jurist of the Year award.

The award recognizes a full-time, state court trial judge for exceptional judicial competence, evidenced by decisional quality, significant extra-judicial contributions to the adminstration of justice, and active participation in public service to the community at-large.

Circuit, family or district court judges may be nominated by any active member of the Bar with direct and first-hand knowledge of the jurist's accomplishments.

Nominators should send a narrative description indicating how the candidate meets the award criteria to the Office of the Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court, 417 South King Street, Honolulu 96813 or by fax to 539-4703. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 7, 2012.

The Jurist of the Year award will be presented at the annual distinguished and meritorious service awards ceremony for employees of the judiciary, which will be held on October 23 in the Supreme Court courtroom.