Presidents' Messages

October 2015


As we continue towards the end of the year, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all of you that the 2015 Bar Convention & Annual Meeting is coming up on October 23, 2015.  The all day CLE sessions will include seminars on Family Law & Child Law, Insurance Litigation Coverage, Real Property Law, and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. Half day morning seminars planned include: a Health Law seminar on privacy rights in the electronic age, and the annual Appellate and Litigation seminars on practice pointers from the Court. A special afternoon seminar regarding Buying and Selling a Law Practice from a Financial Perspective will be offered. Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command will be serving as this year’s Keynote Speaker.  Admiral Harris will address those in attendance at lunch between 12:00 pm and 1:45 pm.  If you have any questions regarding the 2015 Bar Convention please contact Christina Bae, Director of CLE & Communications at (808) 792-7335/


- Greg K. Markham, HSBA President

As a proud member and former officer of the HSBA, it became clear to me that continuation and creation of impactful projects and endeavors through the HSBA was in jeopardy unless adequate funds were provided to the HSBA. Additionally, legal service providers and other public service groups in our community were in need of more funding. HSBA membership dues have not been raised for years and any discussion about increasing Bar dues always is a touchy subject.

To help address such needs and to avoid an across-the-board HBSA dues increase, the HSBF was created to support the HSBA and its projects consistent with promoting justice and equality in our community. In addition, the HSBF has granted funds to various public and legal service entities and providers to assist in their worthy endeavors.

While no longer an active officer of the HSBA, contributing to the HSBF allows me the opportunity to help not only the HSBA, but other deserving groups such as Friends of the Family Specialty courts, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, the Access to Justice Commission, the William S. Richardson School of Law, and the Courts in the Community Program. The HSBF’s Fellows Program, which is holding a reception on November 12, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goodsill law firm office, is a way for us to contribute and participate to help not only our legal community, but also our community at large. Please join me as an HSBF Fellow by donating to the HSBF through its Fellows Program. Detailed information is available through the HSBF portal on the HSBA website, and if you are asked to join, please do so.


- Jeff Sia, HSBF President


Although the year is coming to an end, the YLD is continuing strong with another service project, Junior Judges.  We are still in need of volunteers for various elementary schools. We have needs on Oahu and the Big Island. If interested in volunteering, for Oahu, click hereand for Big Island, click here!

Are you interested in going to the Pro Bowl on January 31, 2016? If so, get your tickets now!  The NFL graciously opened up ticket sales to the HSBA prior to general ticket sales.  If would like to purchase tickets now, please click here, and when prompted, enter HSBA as the promo code.  Please feel free to share this information with your friends and family.

The year-end social will be on November 6, 2015. Be on the look out for an RSVP email.  


- Miriah Holden, HSBA YLD President