HSBA to Offer Fastcase to Members for Free Legal Research

The HSBA has been at the forefront of providing the best benefits for our members, and we continue that tradition today by announcing that as of December 1st we will be offering Fastcase as our legal research member benefit service. Fastcase is known for its smart legal research tools, including visual maps of search results; Forecite, which finds cases you might otherwise miss; and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

After December 1st simply go to the HSBA website, click the Fastcase logo, and log in with your username and password for free access. You'll have a customized Fastcase start page that includes your research history and access to a library of your saved research items. Find out more about Fastcase at www.fastcase.com and you can even try Fastcase before the December 1st launch by signing up for a free 24-hour trial, or downloading the mobile app. Fastcase will conduct free, CLE-accredited webinar training starting December 3rd. For the webinar schedule see below:

Note: Webinar times below reflect Hawaii Standard Time, however the links will take you to a registration page which displays Eastern Standard Time. The below times are accurate and reflect Hawaii time.

December 3 at 9 a.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 4 at 10 a.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 5 at 11 a.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 6 at 12 p.m.
Hawaii – Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase

December 7 at 1 p.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 10 at 10 a.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 12 at 11 a.m.
Hawaii – Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase

December 14 at 12 p.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 18 at 12 p.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

In addition to the December webinars, Fastcase will present live demos for HSBA members in January and February 2013 on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Subsequent monthly webinars will be offered on the different Fastcase components. Fastcase's award-winning legal research tools for nationwide legal research normally sell for $95 per month or $995 per year – but they will be available for free through the HSBA. It's one more way that the HSBA is providing membership benefits that matter for your practice.

Looking to fulfill your 3 credit MCPE requirement before the end of the year? You may be interested in Bankruptcy 101 (3 MCPE) - December 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In this program, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert J. Faris provides an introduction to bankruptcy law in Hawaii. Based on the Federal Bankruptcy Code, Judge Faris will provide an overview of the various types of bankruptcies, including the prevalent Chapter 7 and Chapter 11. After introduction into the basics and concepts of bankruptcy law, Judge Faris will explain some of the requirements and procedural aspects of the bankruptcy process. Furthermore, the program addresses the role of trustees and who assigns them along with how assets are distributed and the possibility of dischargeability under bankruptcy.

Ongoing Online CLE Seminars

There are also numerous CLE programs that are viewable online for your convenience on the HSBA CLE website. If you are unable to attend other CLE programs, these informative programs are available 24/7 and may qualify for MCPE credits.

Questions about the annual MCPE requirement?

Visit our refreshed and redesigned MCLE Frequently Asked Questions webpage for answers to questions such as, "What if I have not earned 3 credit hours of MCPE during the calendar year?"

2013 License Renewal Registration Information

The registration portal is scheduled to go live on or before December 1. Members will be notified by email when the portal is live. Once the portal is open, please review the instructions carefully to ensure a complete application and to avoid renewal delays. The deadline to complete the online 2013 renewal registration is December 31, 2012.

If you are planning to change status for the year 2012, the 2013 online registration form should not be used. Instead, contact Ms. Liberty Castillo in the HSBA membership department directly to change your status at lcastillo@hsba.org. Changes in status effective for 2012 must be processed (including completion of RSCH 22(i) requirements) by December 31, 2012.

Presidents' Messages

A message from Carol K. Muranaka - HSBA President

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
--- Albert Schweitzer

Giving thanks.  That is what this month is all about.  It is not only a time of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, but it is a time to be thankful, to reflect on one's blessings, to care and share with others.

I have been blessed with individuals who have volunteered their time and energy to assist in the work of the bar association during this year.  These individuals have served either as chairs or members of committees, which are the foundation of the bar.  By participating on these standing committees of the bar, they contributed in the mission of uniting and inspiring Hawaii’s lawyers to promote justice, serving the public, and improving the legal profession.

Read the full message here.

A message from John Roth - YLD President

Aloha All:

In honor of all who have served our country, I am proud to report that the YLD held a free legal clinic for veterans during Veteran's Day weekend this year.  Local attorneys, along with volunteers from the Veteran's Center and the Office of Veteran's Affairs, reached out to Hawaii's veterans by providing them with information about the federal benefits and services available to them as well as providing them with general legal information.  This one-day clinic, called PROJECT SALUTE, is a new public service project for Hawaii's YLD, and made possible with the support of the American Bar Association's YLD.  We hope that it continues to grow support in the years to come and reaches more veterans as one of the YLD's mission is to provide free legal information to underserved segments of our population.

Read the full message here.



November 16
District Court Criminal Case e-Filing Overview

November 16-17
Collaborative Divorce Law Training

November 17
Hawaii Professionalism Course

November 22-23
HSBA Office Closed for Thanksgiving

November 28
Federal Bar Association Brownbag Session

November 30
Deadline to Apply for Special Committee on Judicial Performance

Save the Date - December events and Beyond

The Mixer - an event for the Litigation, Business, Employment Law, and International Law Sections of the HSBA.

Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Venue: theVenue, 1144 Bethel Street.
• Sections: Litigation, Business, Employment Law, and International Law Sections.

Note: Respective section members may bring guests who are members of the HSBA. For more information contact David Squeri by email.

He Hali’a Aloha No Jon - The University of Hawaii Law Review and the Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice will honor the work and memory of Professor Jon M. Van Dyke by hosting an international symposium January 30 to February 1, 2013. The symposium is supported by the HSBA International Law Section. Click here for more information.

Member Benefits Corner

Group discount price for HSBA members on Kumu Kahua Theatre shows. HSBA members will receive the theatre's group discount price of $16 per individual ticket, normally reserved for groups of 10 or more. Please call the box office at 808-536-4441 for this deal. For more information on the current show of the season FISHING FOR WIVES click here.