Presidents' Messages

August 2015

Aloha All,

I hope all of you have been well.  With this month’s Perspective, I wanted to provide some information regarding the function and role of the Hawaii State Trial Judges Association (HSTJA) and the Committee that was formed to collaborate with the HSBA to assist the members of the Hawaii Bar.

Established in 1995, the HSTJA and HSBA formed a joint committee to encourage open communications between the judges and attorneys of Hawaii’s legal community, with its central goal being the preservation of the professionalism integral to our local civil and criminal justice system. 

The HSTJA/HSBA Committee provides a forum where issues of conduct, professionalism, and performance may be advanced by HSBA members regarding all other members of the HSBA, attorneys and judges alike. To maintain fairness, the joint committee is composed  of both HSBA attorneys and judges and adopts a protocol of congruent assistance that ensures the best investigation of HSTJA/HSBA issues.  For example, if an issue is brought to the HSTJA/HSBA Committee about an attorney, a Committee member will address the concern with the subject attorney to correct the issue before it rises to the level of disciplinary action.  Similarly, should an issue be raised about a judge, a judicial member of the HSJTA will be tasked to address the concern with the subject judge.  The HSTJA/ HSBA Committee meets quarterly and the issues raised are confidentially discussed to preserve the inquiry and integrity of the system.  As such, disclosure of a reporting party is strictly prohibited unless consent is given to do so.

Current members of the HSJTA/HSBA Committee include Judge Christine E. Kuriyama, Co-Chair; Judge Bert I. Ayabe; Judge R. Mark Browning; Judge Derrick H.M. Chan; Judge Virginia L. Crandall; Judge Richard K. Perkins; Judge Barbara T. Takase; Judge Barbara P. Richardson; Calvin E. Young, Co-Chair; Brian Costa; Lisa Gruebner, Leighton Hara; Jacqueline Kong; Timothy McNulty; Craig P. Wagnild; and me.   Should any of you have any questions regarding the HSTJA/HSBA Committee, please contact any of the Committee members.   

Finally, I’d like to remind all of you that our annual HSBA Dinner and Silent Auction will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm.  As I have mentioned, a portion of the proceeds from the HSBA dinner will be allocated to the successful “Courts in the Community” outreach program.   During the formal program, we will be honoring the subjects of the 3 digit “Living Legend Lawyers” HSBA project. 

I look forward to seeing you all there!


- Greg K. Markham, HSBA President


The HSBA Annual Dinner sponsored by the HSBF is set for this coming Saturday, August 22, 2015, and features and salutes the Bar Association’s “Living Legend Lawyers,” the “three-digit” lawyers. The Dinner is the result of hard work by extraordinary people, who have given their valuable time to provide for what should be a tremendous night. For the HSBF, a warm aloha and thank you to all who have contributed towards the Dinner, including volunteers, donors for the silent-auction and contests, and purchasers of seats and tables. Your generosity with your time, donations, and monetary contributions is most appreciated.

When you have an opportunity, please visit the HSBF table featuring its Fellows Program. HSBF is extending its Founding Fellows and Founding Life Fellows program into 2015, and welcomes all of you to join the program. The program is an integral part of sustaining the Foundation’s mission and another way by which you can help to promote access to justice for persons in need of legal services and civics education, aid in improving our legal profession, and support the various worthwhile missions of the HSBA.

To learn more about the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, click here.


- Jeff Sia, HSBF President

It's not too late to sign up for Debt 101 being held tomorrow, August 18, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.  To sign up, please click  On September 5, the YLD will be holding "Project Street Youth" in Waianae, with the focus on assisting homeless youth with various legal issues.  If you'd like to volunteer, or would like more information, please email  Our annual Junior Judges program will be held in October.  If you are interested in volunteering, please be on the lookout for upcoming emails for dates/times for volunteer spots and/or email  Mark your calendars, the end of year YLD social will be held on November 6, 2015.  More details to follow. 

- Miriah Holden, HSBA YLD President