It’s almost time for the Bar’s Annual Dinner. We have a record of over 650 guests this year for the “gentle” roast to honor Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon (ret.). I hope you have already purchased your seat to help support the well-deserving beneficiaries: the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association; the Hawaii Girls Court; the Neighbor Island Self-Help Centers and the Oahu Access to Justice Rooms. It’s gonna be a blast!
If fundraisers aren’t your thing, there’s another opportunity for you to reach out to the local community right around the corner. Volunteers are needed for the next Courts in the Community project.
The Hawaii Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument on October 27, 2016 at McKinley High School. The Project is an opportunity for students from local public, private, and charter high schools to learn about an actual case pending before the Hawaii Supreme Court, meet with volunteer attorneys in their classroom to discuss the case before the argument, and later, attend the actual oral argument conducted by attorneys before the Supreme Court Justices. It provides a rare, hands-on opportunity for students to learn about the Judiciary and to understand the legal profession.
We do not yet have a final list of participating schools, but students will be from some of the public, private, and charter high schools within the McKinley/Roosevelt/Farrington complex. The HSBA, through the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, will pay the costs of bus transportation and lunches for the participating students, teachers, chaperones, and volunteers.
We are looking for attorneys willing to volunteer to go into the classrooms and teach the students about the judicial system, the case, and conduct informal arguments (time permitting). Training and materials will be provided, and volunteers are matched with teachers who have agreed to allow their classes to participate.
Previous Courts in the Community events have been huge successes. The expertise and interaction provided by the volunteer attorneys are invaluable to the students and teachers. We have been told that high school alumni attorney volunteers are very effective and serve a dual role as potential role models.
If you would like more information, or are willing to volunteer, please contact the HSBA’s attorney volunteer coordinator, Rebecca Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 392-7808.
- Jodi Yi, HSBA President