We are extremely grateful that in 2015, our second year of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation Fellows program, we have generous donations from 41 distinguished members of the HSBA, amounting to nearly $30,000. We are creating and sustaining a legacy dedicated to promoting justice and equality in our community.
In 2015, the 2014 Fellow’s funds were used to provide funding for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii; the Friends of Children’s Mental Health; the Friends of the Family Specialty Courts; the Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice; the State Court Pro Bono Appellate Project; the Hawaii Mock Trial Competition and the list continues. We continue to support the Access to Justice Rooms on Oahu and the Self-Help Centers in Hilo and Kona and on Maui and Kauai for pro se civil litigants, and the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community Program, which brings Supreme Court oral arguments to public high schools, such as Waianae High School a few weeks ago. Both programs have made a positive impact and stirred strong interest in access to justice in our State.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, allowing us to raise tax-deductible funds. With Hawaii State Bar Association’s meeting space and independent contractor staff, we have kept our overhead quite low, so most of our fundraising can go to support programs that further our mission.
Stay posted with the HSBA emails and the HSBA website as we continue with our Golf Tournament on May 13, 2016 as well as other thought provoking events.
- Rai Saint Chu, HSBF Vice President