Election “season” is upon us; no, I don’t mean Democrats v. Republicans - I’m talking about the HSBA’s elections for the next set of officers and directors. Please consider voting in the following categories (one per category except for the Oahu Directors race):
Vice President: Derek Kobayashi, Darolyn Lendio
Secretary: Russ Awakuni
Treasurer: Karin Holma, Greg Kugle
Director: East Hawaii: Geraldine Hasegawa
Director: Maui: Georgia McMillen, Shannon Sheldon
Director: Oahu (6 openings): Sarah Casken, Cecelia Chang, Steven Chow, Vladimir Devens, Thomas Farrell, Tyler Gomes, Rhonda Griswold, Brenda Morris, Zale Okazaki, Alika Piper
For more information on the candidates, please look at the September Bar Journal for their biographies, position statements, photographs and etc. This information is also available on our website, click here.
Bar Convention 2016 will be held on October 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:45 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. Come join us for CLE credits, Exhibitors’ Expo, HSBA Annual Awards and especially, the keynote speaker, ABA President Linda Klein. Take advantage of special reduced “early bird” rates for neighbor island members until September 23, 2016.
ABA President Linda Klein is a senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz in Atlanta, Georgia. She practices business dispute resolution, primarily in construction and civil litigation. She also advises business owners and institutions of higher education.
The first female president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1997, she has a distinguished record of leadership in the ABA also. She has chaired the House of Delegates (“HOD”), chaired the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, chaired the Committee on Rules and Calendar of the HOD, and chaired the Coalition for Justice, chaired ABA Day, the Association’s outreach effort to Congress.
Her interest in leading the ABA is driven by her desire to bring greater access to justice for those who need it. She loves the law and wants to help the legal community to continue playing a vital and necessary role in our society. She intends to mobilize the bar to enhance legal services for veterans. The ABA is also promoting the right for every child to have a high-quality childhood education. She will use the ABA’s buying power to get greater member discounts on the things which lawyers need to practice; including technology; called ABA Blueprint. For the election season, the ABA will encourage all attorneys to vote, work as poll workers, and ensure that their staff have time off to vote. For more details on all of these initiatives, please join us to hear Ms. Klein speak during the Bar Con luncheon.