2013 Award Recipients: The 2013 President’s Award is being presented to the following Hawaii State judges who were instrumental in establishing Self Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms at their respective court complexes:
First Circuit Deputy Chief Judge & Senior Family Court Judge R. Mark Browning
Third Circuit Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra
Second Circuit Court Judge Rhonda I.L. Loo
Third Circuit Deputy Chief Judge & Senior Family Court Judge Greg K. Nakamura
First Circuit District Court Deputy Chief Judge Barbara P. Richardson
Fifth Circuit District Court Deputy Chief Judge Trudy K.T. Senda
The Self Help Centers and the Access to Justice Rooms were designed to assist self-represented litigants in certain civil matters such as landlord tenant disputes, collection issues, temporary restraining orders, and divorce cases. While the Self Help Centers on the Neighbor Islands limit their assistance to providing legal information, the Access to Justice Rooms at the Kapolei Complex and the District Court on Oahu offer limited legal advice.
This free public service, staffed by volunteer attorneys and Americorp representatives, is a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the HSBA Family Law Section, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Kauai Bar Association, the Hawaii County Bar Association, the Maui County Bar Association, and the West Hawaii Bar Association.
List of President's Award Recipients
Champion for Social Justice Award
- Recognizes an attorney for courageous legal work in the face of public controversy that helps promote the interests of justice and preserves the integrity of the judiciary.
Not awarded in 2013.
List of Champion for Social Justice Award Recipients
C. Frederick Schutte Award (Service toward the legal profession)
- Recognizes an attorney for outstanding and meritorious service to the legal community and the profession such as: Activities within the bar association, its committees, Boards, ad hoc committees; outstanding service as an individual to community organizations having an effect directly or indirectly upon the provision of legal services to the community.
Not awarded in 2013.
List of C. Frederick Schutte Award Recipients
Golden Gavel Award (Judicial Administration)
- Recognizes an attorney or non-attorney for outstanding service to the state or federal judiciary in Hawaii such as: Activities relating to court practice and procedures; activities relating to new or innovative projects regarding the Judiciary; outstanding service having an effect directly or indirectly upon the fair and efficient provision of justice by the Judiciary.
2013 Award Recipient: Ms. Susan Ichinose is the 2013 recipient of the HSBA Golden Gavel Award for outstanding service to the State judiciary in Hawaii. As a member of the Judicial Selection Commission, Ms. Ichinose was instrumental in making the Commission’s work and the judicial selection process more transparent to the public by developing procedures that led to the release of the judicial candidate list when it was delivered to the appointing authority. Later, as the Commission Chair, Ichinose led great efforts to educate the legal community about the judicial selection process by holding informational meetings in each circuit to inform HSBA members about the Commission’s operations and why HSBA members should apply for judicial office. Ms. Ichinose has also served as a Director on the HSBA Board, on several HSBA Committees, and currently is a Director on the Senior Counsel Division.
List of Golden Gavel Award Recipients
Ki'e ki'e Award (Pro Bono)
- Recognizes an attorney for outstanding provision of professional legal services at no charge to the recipient such as: Pro bono expenditure of time on a case of great public import having a broad effect upon the legal rights or interests of a large segment of the community or the community as a whole; extraordinary expenditure of pro bono time in cases above and beyond the normal expenditure of pro bono time within one’s employment; expenditure of substantial pro bono time and professional resources as a “private attorney general” on a matter of great public interest or concern where the appropriate government legal officer has refused, neglected or otherwise failed to take action; the maintenance, establishment and/or devotion of a tremendous amount of professional time, beyond one’s normal professional obligations in pro bono work in a historical sense.
Not awarded in 2013.
List of Ki'e ki'e Award Recipients
Greeley Key Award for Innovation
- Recognizes an attorney or non-attorney for out-of-the-box legal work that involves promoting new and creative uses of, or approaches to, the law as a positive force in our community or world (pushing the envelope in how the legal system might help bring about a better future).
Not awarded in 2013
List for Greeley Key Award Recipients
Malama Hawaii Award
- Recognizes an attorney for outstanding and effective non-legal community service activities to make a difference and improve the quality of life in Hawaii such as: fundraising for foundations & local groups, reaching out to the underserved, contributions to low income individuals and their families, encouraging voluntarism, revitalizing the community, protecting natural resources and the environment, or developing innovative and creative community programs.
2013 Award Recipient: Ms. Cynthia Alm is the 2013 recipient of the HSBA Malama Hawaii Award for outstanding and effective non-legal community service activities that make a difference and improve the quality of life in Hawaii. Ms. Alm is honored for selfless accomplishments in the legal community and community at large. She has worked tirelessly in volunteering her time and efforts for the Mediation Center of the Pacific as a mediator, facilitator, active committee member, board member, and current President. In her unassuming manner, Ms. Alm has effectively led a Capital Campaign for the Pacific Buddhist Academy while serving on its Board and helped to raise over $5M to construct the school’s first stand-alone building. She has also donated her time towards the National Association for Conflict Resolution, the local chapter of ACR, the HSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the Honolulu Board of Realtors, and the Kawananakoa Middle School Campus Renovation Plan.