Before I begin, I'd like to thank outgoing 2014 HSBA President Calvin Young for helping me during my transition into the role of 2015 HSBA President. Calvin's leadership and diligence throughout his time in office leaves some big shoes to fill and I look forward to the opportunity.
As we proceed into 2015, I'd like to recognize Rebecca Copeland who, on behalf of the HSBA, coordinated the December's Courts in the Community outreach program at Mililani High School. Volunteer attorneys who participated in this program include Mililani: Steve Chow, Brian Costa, Kurt Kagawa, Derek Kobayashi, Tony Perrault, James Shin; Leilehua: Ken Goya, Carolyn Hayashi, Ronette Kawakami, Patrick Kelly, Chris Leong, Marcus Oshiro; Radford: John Duchemin, Damien Elefante, Stephanie Thompson, Elmira Tsang, Carolyn Voulgaridis, Jodi Kimura Yi; Waialua: Lance Collins, David Hoftiezer; Melissa Luning, Jodie Roeca; Hanalani: Bronson Avila, Bruce Campbell, Clarissa Malinao, Curtis Sherman; Assets: Bethany Ace, Chastity Imamura; and Hoala: Lisa Ball, Brian Kang. Your mentorship demonstrates the spirit of service and education I hope to cultivate throughout this coming year.
This program was a collaborative effort that educated students about the Judiciary's role in society and provided valuable access to the members of the Hawaii Supreme Court and the HSBA. Participating high school students reviewed the facts of the case and applicable rules of law, and prepared oral arguments umpired by HSBA volunteers, while the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, as well as the Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education from the William S. Richardson School of Law graciously designed an engaging curriculum for the competition that encouraged students to push their limits by embracing such a rigorous academic exercise. Thanks to the collaborative efforts, these students were given the opportunity to observe Court proceedings and show just how talented they are. Due to the successes of Courts in the Community, the Supreme Court hopes to schedule 2 oral arguments in 2015 -- one on a Neighbor Island and one on Oahu.
I would also like to thank those who attended "#337: The Life and Legacy of Patsy Takemoto Mink" on December 11, 2014 at the Judiciary History Center. The event memorialized the fiftieth anniversary of Congresswoman Mink's election to the U.S. House of Representatives and celebrated the awarding of the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama that was accepted by her daughter, Wendy Mink. As the first woman of color elected to Congress, Patsy Mink promoted justice through a perspective of social equality. As one of our own, she embodied the very best of our membership and truly understood what it means to be a "representative.” It is my personal wish that we keep Congresswoman Mink's example in mind as we kick off 2015 and move forward in our representation of others. Thank you Ted Pettit, Ruth Oh, and Troy Andrade for initiating the nomination of Congresswoman Mink.