HSBA e-Newsletter


September 17
- Swearing-in Ceremony of Peter T. Cahill (Maui)
- Judicial Selection Commission informational meeting (Maui)
- International Law Reception with Dr. Young-Moo Shin, President of the Korean Bar Association (Seoul)

September 18
- SCD Coffee Hour: End of Life Ethics

September 19
- Access to Justice Room Training
- Voting Deadline for HSBA/JSC Elections
- Voting Deadline for YLD Elections

September 20
- HSBA Board Meeting
- Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity Pau Hana

September 21
- Annual Bar Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

September 26
- Federal Bar Association discussion

September 27
- Application Deadline for Judicial Vacancies
- Deadline for Comments on Judicial Retention

Pro Bono Opportunities

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. For more details click here or call (808) 527-8005.

In addition, Legal Line at the HSBA will be held on the following dates for the remainder of the month: September 19 and September 26 at 6:00 p.m. Access to Justice Room training will be held at the HSBA on September 19 and September 26.

Benefits Corner

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September e-Newsletter

We are at the final countdown to the early registration deadline for this year's Hawaii State Bar Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Mid-Pacific Conference Center. Early registration rates are available until today Friday, September 14. Online registration will officially close at noon on Wednesday, September 19.

After September 19, you may register for the bar convention as a walk-in at the convention site. Additionally, if you would like to switch to a different program, please contact Ms. Natalie Millon via email at nmillon@hsba.org by the September 19 noon deadline.

This year's convention features the Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, as the lunch session keynote speaker. Also during lunch, many of your fellow attorneys will be honored for their dedication and contributions to the Bar, the legal profession, and their community.

HSBA awardees include The Honorable James E. Duffy, ret. (Frederick Schutte Award), Calvin E. Young (‘Ikena Award), M. Victor Geminiani (Champion for Social Justice Award), and the Honorable Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba and James Kawashima (President's Award).

News and Announcements

Reminder! The deadline to vote on HSBA Board and JSC election online ballots is September 19 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Please note: for the Oahu Directors, you may vote up to SIX (6) candidates.

The results of the election will be announced at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Friday, September 21, in conjunction with the Bar Convention.

For Young Lawyers Division members, the deadline to vote for YLD Board elections is September 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Collaborative divorce law training

A small group of Hawaii family law professionals committted to the ideals of collaborative practice have now formed the Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group (CDHPG), an IRC 501(c)(6) non-profit organization pledged to advance the practice of collaborative divorce in Hawaii. Any attorney who has completed a basic twelve (12) hour collaborative divorce law training for lawyers approved by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and who agrees to subscribe to the continuing education requirements of the CDHPG, in accordance with IACP principles and standards, is eligible for membership.

To celebrate the passage of the Hawaii Uniform Collaborative Law Act (HUCLA) and to launch collaborative divorce practice in Hawai, CDHPG is presenting a two-day collaborative divorce law training on November 16 and November 17. Click here for event details.

President's Message

A Message from President Carol K. Muranaka:

carolphotoNot many bar members realize that the Hawaii Bar Journal is produced by a board of volunteer editors. It is an eclectic group, which represents diverse areas of practice and backgrounds. The common passion shared is to produce a high quality magazine and law review journal.

Here is a brief glimpse of the editors: Christine Daleiden is an attorney at Central Pacific Bank and previously handled cases with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. She likes writing about difficult subjects and has a “green” car. Cynthia M. Johiro is a deputy attorney general in the Tax Section of the Attorney General’s office who is amazing and excellent with the Bluebook citations. David C. Farmer is a sole practitioner who finds time to be an actor, director, and television star and also serves as a Chapter 7 trustee. He hates widows and orphans in the layout.

Susan Gochros works for the Judiciary and helps with unique topics for articles. Ed Kemper is a sole practitioner, race car driver, car “expert” who has been with the Hawaii Bar Journal for many years and contributed, over the years, a number of articles on various topics. Formerly a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser in 1980 to 1985, Laurel Loo is a per diem judge on Kauai and a partner in her firm, Shiramizu Loo & Nakamura.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President John Roth:


Come one, come all. YLD’s ANNUAL MEEETING AND VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT will be held directly following the HSBA Convention on Friday, September 21, 5 p.m., at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom #3. It is FREE for YLD members! It will be a terrific opportunity to schmooze with YLD (pronounced “wild”) colleagues, meet the incoming board and join us in recognizing our many volunteers. Each volunteer will receive a gift from the YLD. There will be pupus and beverages (alcohol not included).

Immediately preceding our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Event, YLD is sponsoring a 3-credit MCPE PROGRAM for ALL HSBA MEMBERS entitled, "How Good Lawyers Avoid Ethical Dilemma and Malpractice Nightmare." It will address issues that are particularly relevant to lawyers in Hawaii, according to the YLD members who surveyed a cross-section of the bar several months ago.

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.