Hawaii State Bar Association

October calendar

October 18
- Criminal Justice Section Meeting

October 19
- HSBA CLE: OIP Update w/ Live Webcast
- JSC Informational Meeting (Kauai)
Real Property & Financial Program

October 22
- Mediation Confidentiality Workshop

October 23
- Litigation Section Meeting
- Pro Bono Celebration 2012

October 25
- Pro Bono Opportunity at Legal Aid

October 26
- HSBA Board Meeting

October 27
- Halloween Soiree Fundraiser for the HJF and the Judiciary History Center

October 30
- JSC Informational Meeting (Oahu)

October 31
- Kauai Jury Counsel App. Deadline
Federal Bar Association Brownbag


Pro Bono Opportunity

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will host a seminar on simple wills on Thursday, October 25. For more information click here.

Legal Line will be held on the following dates for the month of October: October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, and October 31. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please email yld@hsba.org

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Online registration for 2013 license renewal is just around the corner. The HSBA will email you when the 2013 online portal is open.

If you are planning to change status for the year 2012, the 2013 online registration form should not be used. Instead, contact the HSBA's 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.

Please visit our online portal at www.myhsba.org and log in using your username and password to verify that they are still working. If you cannot gain access for any reason please contact lcastillo@hsba.org.

The deadline to complete the online 2013 renewal registration is December 31, 2012.

As a reminder active members must complete 3 MCPE credit hours by the end of each year. For more information on how to complete your annual requirement please go to the HSBA MCLE page.

Hawaii State Bar Foundation
Notice of Board Member Openings

In December 2011, the HSBA Board approved the formation of a 501(c)(3) entity to assist in the provision of an avenue of resources to pursue activities which promote access to justice for persons in need of legal services, civics education, and other public service objectives. An interim Board of Directors was installed to form the entity and put the necessary documents and filings in place for the entity to function.

The Hawaii State Bar Foundation (HSBF) now seeks applications or nominations for nine (9) regular governing board members. Click here to apply or for more information.

State of Hawaii Office of Information Practices Update

The State of Hawaii's Office of Information Practices (OIP), in collaboration with the HSBA, will be conducting a 1.5 credit MCPE seminar in October, to educate attorneys about important updates in the open government laws. "OIP Update: The News That Government Attorneys Need to Know (Because Your Client Will Ask About It)" will be held on Friday, October 19 in Honolulu at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium, and streamed live online for our neighbor island attorneys or those who cannot make it to the Auditorium.

The seminar will inform attendees about the new Sunshine Law changes that went into effect in July 2012, as well as the new law allowing government agencies to appeal from OIP’s decisions beginning in January 2013. For more information about the event click here. For registration information click here.

Super Spooky Soiree

This Halloween event will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. For costume contest details click here. For information regarding the silent auction, please review the letter and donor information contract here.


News & Announcements


Congratulations to the 2013 HSBA and YLD Board Officers and Directors!

Hawaii State Bar Association 2013 Board Officers & Directors:

Craig P. Wagnild
Calvin E. Young
Vice President:
Gregory K. Markham
Alika L. Piper
Ronette M. Kawakami
Nadine Y. Ando, Russ Awakuni, Cecelia C.Y. Chang, Steven J.T. Chow, Vladimir Devens, David C. Farmer, Rhonda Griswold, Geraldine N. Hasegawa, Carol S. Kitaoka, Derek S. Kobayashi, Laurel K.S. Loo, Timothy McNulty, Mark M. Murakami, Stephanie A. Rezents, Suzanne T. Terada.
HSBA/ABA Delegate:
James A. Kawachika

Young Lawyers Division 2013 Board Officers & Directors:

Jeffrey T. Kent
Vice President/President-Elect:
Malcolm Barcarse
Miriah Holden
Rebecca Dayhuff
Oahu Directors:
Alicia Duffin, Ryan Hamaguchi, Marguerite Nozaki & Karyn Okada
Continuing Oahu Directors:
Dana A. Barbata, Ryan K.Y. Hew, Sunny Lee, & Bart Howk who will replacing Zeina Jafar who has relocated to Japan.
East Hawaii Director:
Molly Lugo (Continuing)
West Hawaii Director:
Benjamin Lowenthal (Continuing)
Kauai Director:
Ginger Grinpas

Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone!

The HSBA and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii in partnership with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free three (3) hour CLE workshop called, "Experiencing Poverty: Challenges and Choices" that is an interactive training program designed to increase understanding and sensitivity to issues faced by families who are living in poverty.

The Hawaii Poverty Simulation workshop will be held on Friday, November 9 from 1:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Through the workshop, participants will gain a better firsthand understanding of Hawaii's unserved and underserved communities. Those participants who are committed to pro bono service will find the program strengthens their resolve to continue to volunteer and those who are tentative about providing pro bono service will be encouraged to become a legal service volunteer.

No fees or costs...refreshments...take a chance! Registration information to follow.

IPBA Announces Seoul 2013 Annual Meeting Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships to attend the Inter-Pacific Bar Association's 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference to be held in Seoul, Korea on April 17-20, 2013. Details of the IPBA's Seoul Annual Meeting can be found here. IPBA Scholarship Application Forms can be downloaded here. For more information contact Mark Shklov by email or at 585-8858.

Collaborative Divorce Law Training

To launch collaborative divorce practice in Hawaii, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the HSBA Family Law Section, and the Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group, a local IRC Section 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization of attorneys and other professionals formed in association with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) to advance the practice of collaborative divorce in Hawaii, are sponsoring a two (2) day collaborative divorce law training on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 at the all-new Harbor View Conference Center facilities in the Hawai‘i Fishing Village on Pier 38 in Honolulu.

Pauline H. Tesler, Esq., an internationally renowned collaborative divorce practitioner and trainer, co-founder of the IACP, and author of the ABA’s groundbreaking "Collaborative Law-Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation", will conduct the training. A truly innovative program which will change how family lawyers look at what we do is planned. A fine breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. For more information click here.

  Presidents' Messages

A Message from President Carol K. Muranaka:

carolphotoIt is not too late - yet. If you have not purchased your tickets for the Halloween Soiree -- a fundraiser to "scare up funds" for the Hawaii Justice Foundation and the Friends of the Judiciary History Center, please hurry.

Halloween Soiree
Saturday, October 27
5:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom

I am fully aware of the many tugs and pulls that each of us must face with fundraisers, family, work, church, friends, hence I am truly grateful to all of you who are coming to the Halloween fundraiser party on Saturday, October 27. This will be a time to:

-- enjoy an evening of companionship, getting your pals and colleagues, clients, and others to come; or just an excuse to snuggle and be close to your main squeeze.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President John Roth:

Following the well-executed HSBA Convention, the YLD had its annual meeting. It was an informal meeting, which reinforced the old saying, "quality is better than quantity." A small gathering of active, community-oriented, young lawyers were joined by Justice James Duffy, Judge Leslie Kobayashi, Ken Lawson and Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. Each guest shared pearls of wisdom regarding how to remain true to oneself in a profession that often requires long hours and lots of stress. One common theme emerged…the more you give, the more you receive. In a world of billable hours and adversarial negotiations, it is easy to get lost due to greed, ambition and fear. Thank you, to each of our guests, for sharing your inspirational stories of self-fulfillment.

Read the full message here.

  Judiciary Announcements

Circuit Court of the Fifth Court seeking applications for Independent Jury Counsel.

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii and a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association. The position is paid $509.11 for each day in service to the grand jury.

If you are interested in being considered for a one-year appointment, please submit a resume by October 31, 2012 to Chief Judge Randal Valenciano at 3970 Kaana Street, Suite 360, Lihue, HI 96766 or by fax at 808-482-2662.