Presidents' Messages

September 2016


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

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.

- Jodi Yi, HSBA President

Aloha Everyone,

As we turn to the fall with its pumpkin spice lattes, kids back in school, and elections we are hopeful that you will join us by volunteering and participating in our programs and elections.

First, the statewide Junior Judges program is offered to students in 3rd to 5th grade during October 24-28th. During classroom presentations, volunteers show a DVD with skits illustrating issues that students face today, e.g., bullying, cheating, stealing. After viewing the skits, volunteers will discuss with the students how they can make good decisions when they face these issues. All attorneys (YLD and non-YLD members) are welcome to volunteer! Please contact or to sign-up.

We continue to work on a Voter Education program, where we hope to work with high school juniors and seniors to educate them on why voting matters and the history of voting here in Hawaii. This program is based on the ABA-YLD’s Voter Education and we hope to localize it and work with several schools in implementing the program. If you are interested contact, please contact: Please note that these are the last couple of volunteer projects we have this year, and our Socials Committee is working on a volunteer appreciation party, so consider getting out and doing some community work if you can.

In terms of our own voting, the email message containing the appropriate links and instructions to your ballot for the 2017 YLD Election was sent out last week Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The subject line should read: “Please cast your vote”. In the email you will find a link with instructions how to cast your ballot. If you are having technical issues or did not receive the ballot to your email on record with the HSBA please contact: Please take some time to vote as we have a number of competitive races.

The 2017 election results and swearing-in of President-Elect, Trejur P. Bordenave, shall be announced and take place at the Bar Convention and Annual Meeting, Friday, October 14th. Please consider registering for the convention, as there are great CLEs and programming for lunch.


- Ryan K. Hew, HSBA YLD President