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2018 YLD Board Priority is Diversity and Inclusion

As the first Black YLD President, I am dedicated to initiatives that create diversity and inclusion in our legal community as well as initiatives that promote those same goals.  Luckily, our YLD programs are rooted deeply in our larger community, which is diverse, and help to facilitate these goals of diversity and inclusion. What that means, we want to lift up ALL your voices!

  - Jamila Jarmon, YLD President

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.

    We invite you to join the YLD as a volunteer for our upcoming Law Week Program.  The Law Week program consists of two components: the KHON2 Action Lines during May 1st-5th, and Law Day on Saturday, May 6th on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island.


    KHON2 Action Lines:


    Dates: Monday, May 1st – Friday, May 5th.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Location: KHON2 Studio at  88 Piikoi St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

    Description:  Each day will feature a different area of law. 


    • Monday, May 1st, Consumer Protection/Bankruptcy Law

    • Tuesday, May 2nd, Family Law

    • Wednesday, May 3rd, Elder Care/Estate Planning

    • Thursday, May 4th, Immigration Law

    • Friday, May 5th, Landlord/Tenant Law


    A binder with references and contact information where volunteers may direct callers for further assistance and information will be at the studio. This program is similar to the YLD's Legal Lines program through which volunteers provide general legal information to callers.

    To sign up for Action Line, please click here.


    Law Day:



    Law Day on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island will take place on Saturday, May 6th.


    Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Description: Law Day is an excellent pro bono opportunity for attorneys to provide legal information (not legal advice) to members of the public at free legal clinics.  No specific area of expertise is needed to volunteer.  Volunteers will sign up for a two (2) hour shift, either 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


    Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island locations on Saturday, May 6th:

    Don Quijote at 801 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI 96814;

    Don Quijote at 850 Kamehameha Hwy, Pearl City, HI 96782;

    Don Quijote at 91-144 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, HI 96797;

    Windward Mall at 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744 (Sears Wing);

    Waianae Mall at 86-120 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792 (exact locatIon TBD);

    Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732;
    Kukui Grove Center at 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy #1400, Lihue, HI 96766;

    KTA Super Store, 50 East Puainako St., Hilo, HI 96720; and

    KTA Super Store, 74-5594 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.


    Please feel free to contact Sommerset Wong at sowong@ksbe.edu and Jeff Hu at jhu@ykllp.net should you have any questions or wish to sign-up.  Thank you for your support of the YLD! 


  • 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.

2018 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentJamila Eshe JarmonElemental Excelerator
Vice PresidentSummer Hulali Miriam KaiaweWatanabe Ing LLP
SecretaryMarissa Nicole MachidaBank of Hawaii
TreasurerAddison Dale BonnerHosoda & Morikone, LLC
Director - OahuElaine Ting ChowKlevansky Piper, LLP
Director - OahuCameron Toshio HolmOffice of the Public Defender
Director - West HawaiiClayton Robert LeonardDarl C. Gleed & Assoc., LLLC
Director - MauiJamil Dwight NewirthR. Clay Sutherland, A Law Corporation
Director - OahuBryan Wo Hop CheeSettle Meyer Law
Director - OahuKatherine Mie Mele LukelaKleintop & Luria, LLP
Director - KauaiShauna Lee CahillAttorney at Law
Director - East HawaiiRyan Kainoa CadayOffice of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuDavid Matthew Van AckerDept. of the Prosecuting Attorney