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2015 YLD Board Projects a Priority

The YLD sponsors many service projects within the community, providing valuable volunteer opportunities for young lawyers. We are also in the process of setting up CLE programming for our members, as well as new social opportunities. If you are interested in getting involved in the YLD, please contact the HSBA for additional information."

  - Miriah Holden, YLD President

Your 2015 YLD Board

About Us 

Membership in the HSBA-YLD is automatic for all members of the HSBA in good standing under thirty-six years of age and members who have been admitted to their first Bar less than five years regardless of age. Membership in the HSBA-YLD terminates automatically at the close of the calendar year within which a member attains thirty-six years of age or five years after admission to the member's first Bar, whichever occurs last, or when such person ceases to be a member of the HSBA. See our Bylaws.
The HSBA-YLD is an affiliate of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. We aim:

  • To instill among Hawaii's young lawyers an interest in the objectives and activities of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA).

  • To promote camaraderie among young lawyers.

  • To provide young lawyers with a means to participate in improving the administration of justice and promoting the public welfare.

  • To assist the HSBA in carrying out its programs and goals, and to sponsor programs and projects of interest to lawyers and the public.

Our Projects

  • Law Week- In conjunction with the ABA YLD, the HSBA YLD plans various activities for both the public and its fellow members of the HSBA. Volunteer lawyers staff Legal Line Clinics to provide in-person free legal services to the community all over Oahu and the neighbor islands at various shopping centers and other public locations. In addition to the Legal Line Clinics, various other activities may be planned, including a Law Day fair, workshops and other programs.

    KHON Action Line
    Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1, 2015
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    In partnership with KHON-TV, volunteer attorneys will answer questions on various legal issues:

           Monday, April 27: Consumer Protection/Bankruptcy/Foreclosure
           Tuesday, April 28: Family Law/Divorce/Child Custody
           Wednesday, April 29: Estate Planning/Elder Law
           Thursday, April 30: Employment Law/Worker’s Compensation
           Friday, May 1: Landlord/Tenant

    Free Legal Clinics

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Join attorneys across the State at shopping centers and community places to provide the public with legal information. Frequently asked questions cover the topics of bankruptcy, child custody, divorce, elder care, employment law, estate planning, landlord tenant, and wills and trusts. No specific area of expertise is needed.

            Oahu        Don Quijote Kaheka
                             Don Quijote Pearl City
                             Don Quijote Waipahu
                             Sack n Save Nanakuli
                             Windward Mall
                             Waianae Mall

            Kona        KTA Super Store on Palani Road

            Hilo          KTA Super Store on Puainako Street

            Kauai       Kukui Grove Mall

            Maui       Maui Mall

    To volunteer for Action Line and Legal Clinics, please click here. Event Information available here.

  • Professional Development Seminars- Brown bag seminars on various legal topics of general interest to attorneys. Topics include: Civil Motions in the First Circuit and Discovery Process in State and Federal Courts. The seminars are videotaped and available for attorneys who are unable to attend. There is no charge to view the videos.

    Sitting on a Nonprofit Board

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    For more information, click here.

  • Legal Line Hotline- Volunteer attorneys are always needed for the LEGAL LINE program which runs every Wednesday evening from the hours of 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attorneys answer a telephone hotline and provide free legal information to the public. This one-hour weekly program assists members of the public who may not have access to an attorney and need general advice or who just want to be pointed in the right direction to get information. All attorneys are welcomed to volunteer regardless of area of practice but those who handle Landlord Tenant, Creditor/Debtor, Consumer Protection, Family, Criminal and Real Estate cases are especially encouraged to volunteer.

  • Disaster Assistance Relief Manual- The YLD is the statewide contact to provide legal assistance to victims of disasters in Hawaii. Assistance is needed to update our Disaster Assistance Relief Manual and to help staff Disaster Assistance Relief Centers across the state when called upon by the State Civil Defense or FEMA.

  • Junior Judges- This project is designed to teach 3rd through 5th grade students facing tough choices to make good decisions. The Junior Judges Project addresses such issues as cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs and alcohol, and gangs and weapons. Volunteer attorneys first show video-skits presenting real-life situations and then facilitate discussion in the classroom. Students become the “junior judges” who must make decisions on these simulated “real-life” situations. The duration of each presentation is approximately one hour. Program CurriculumSchool Sign Up Form & Attorney Volunteer Sign Up

  • Mock Trial- The Mock Trial program consists of high school teams state-wide who compete by acting as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges.Students work within teams, supervised and assisted by teachers and volunteer attorneys, to prepare a hypothetical courtroom trial. Case materials are supplied by the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and involve issues that are relevant to Hawaii law and the young generation.

How to Volunteer

  • Contact any member of the YLD Board.
  • Contact our HSBA Staff liaison at yld@hsba.org.

2015 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentMiriah HoldenAlston Hunt Floyd & Ing
Vice PresidentRyan Koon Yun HewAttorney at Law, LLLC
SecretaryAlicia Joy MearsOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
TreasurerRyan LoeffersES&A, Inc.
Director - East HawaiiRyan Kainoa CadayOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuScot Peter Zenko MatayoshiMcCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon
Director - OahuBrent Noriaki KakesakoHawai'i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development
Director - OahuMarissa Nicole MachidaYee & Kawashima LLLP
Director - KauaiShauna Lee CahillAttorney At Law
Director - OahuJamila Eshe JarmonPorter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP
Director - OahuShannon David MearsPublic Utilities Commission
Director - OahuSara Doo AyabeU.S. District Court
Director - OahuMegan Akemi SuehiroCades Schutte LLP
Director - West HawaiiCharles Howard McCrearyLegal Aid Society of Hawai`i
Director - MauiBrianne Leolani Wong LeongCain & Herren, ALC
Director - OahuAbigail HoldenCox Fricke LLP