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