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