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2012 NEWS

July 2012:

HSBA welcomes new hires Julie Yang and Lynn Nakagawa. For full release click here.

2011 NEWS

October 2011:

HSBA Names New Executive Director: On October 27, The Hawaii State Bar Association named Patricia Mau Shimizu, current Chief Clerk of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, to be its new Executive Director. The appointment is effective on December 1st. Mau Shimizu succeeds Lyn Flanigan, who announced her plans to retire from the association in January 2011 following an 8-year tenure as Executive Director. See the official press release here.

June 2011:

Aloha, Judges!

At the end of May and through June, six new judges were sworn-in and have held “robing” celebrations in their districts. Pictured at top from left to right: The Honorable Edmund Acoba (District Court, Fifth Circuit-Kauai); The Honorable Lanson Kupau (District Court, First Circuit); The Honorable Rhonda Loo (Circuit Court, Second Circuit-Maui). Pictured at bottom from left to right: The Honorable Melanie Mito May and The Honorable Dean Ochiai of the District Court, First Circuit , and The Honorable Catherine Remigio of the District Family Court, First Circuit.

HSBA and HSBA-YLD President Attend Swearing-In of New Admittees: On June 3, 2011, HSBA President Louise Ing and HSBA-YLD President Levi Hookano (far left) welcomed new admits to the bar and are pictured here with Christian Adams (2nd from left), President of the Federal Bar Association and Robert Chong (right), Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners.

May 2011:

HSBA Seeks Executive Director Applicants, deadline to apply is June 30, 2011


Senate Confirms Judicial Appointments: On May 3, 2011 the Senate confirmed the following judicial appointments: Left photo: (back) Lanson Kupau (District Court, First Circuit). Front: Melanie Mito May (District Court, First Circuit), Edmund Acoba (District Court, Fifth Circuit) with Senator Clayton Hee, and HSBA President-elect Carol Muranaka. Pictured at right with Senator Hee and Carol Muranaka is Catherine Remigio (District Family Court, First Circuit) and Dean Ochiai (District Court, First Circuit). 

State Senate Confirms David Louie as Attorney General

February 8, 2011:
HSBA Requests for Comment:
Bar members were e-mailed a notification regarding the nomination of David M. Louie to the position of Attorney General for the State of Hawaii. Deadline for comment is set for February 16. See original email dated February 8.

January 26, 2011:


January 25, 2011: HSBA Requests for Comment: Bar members were e-mailed a notification regarding the nomination of Judge Sabrina McKenna to the position of Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Deadline for comment is set for February 3. See original email dated January 25.

January 15, 2010: HSBA Board amends policy/procedures for participation in judicial selection process. After receiving  member comments submitted in response to the President’s request in late 2010, the Board formed a committee to review and propose revisions to the Board’s long-standing policy on Judicial and Executive Appointments. After extensive review, at its December meeting, the HSBA Board approved changes in its written policy which:

    * Amend the disclosure provisions to provide that the HSBA President/designee may present to the confirming authority a statement prepared by the Board on the reason for the rating of the nominee but may only answer questions relating to HSBA policies and procedures
    * Amend the conflict of interest provisions to exclude from voting on a nominee any director who has or intends to take a public position on a nominee
    * Amend the criteria to add a provision on “Responsibilities and Duties,” which specifically refers to qualifications for the position in question


January 1, 2011:

  2011 President Louise Ing

President Louise Ing was sworn into office by CJ Recktenwald at the 2010 Bar Convention. Have questions for your HSBA president? Email Louise at

No it's not the newest law firm in town, it's your 2011 Executive Board!

Pictured: Back Row (l-r) Robert Godbey and Craig Wagnild. Front row (l-r) Carol Muranaka, Louise Ing and Ronette Kawakami.

  • October extra! - News regarding Pro Bono Event and CLE Seminars
  • September extra! - News regarding 2012 Officers and Directors, CLE Courses, Upcoming Events
  • March extra! - News regarding CLE updates, Japan April Trip, Job Announcement

2010 NEWS

  • Access to Justice

    Judges, court administrators, and bar leaders from all islands met on November 18 at a “Self-Help Centers Summit” to discuss establishment of self-help centers in the courts to enable access to justice. The summit was organized by the HSB Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee, chaired by Shannon Wack and Jo Kim. Pictured are delegations from Kauai (above), Maui & Oahu (center) and Hawaii (below), participating in planning sessions.

    Senior Counsel Division

    On November 18, SCD members enjoyed the last event of the year with a lunch presentation featuring Professor James Pietsch (far right) of the UH Elder Law program. The presentation "Planning for the Future: Taking Charge of Your Health and Your Wealth in Times of Uncertainty” was held at the Pacific Club and featured a helpful Q & A for the attendees. 

  • 2011 RENEWAL:  Due to up-to-the-last-minute budget/planning decisions, the RENEWAL MATERIALS will be mailed in early December.   Materials are mailed to the ‘address on record’ of each member and all members are strongly encouraged to renew by the online renewal process for prompt and efficient renewal.  Deadline for renewal will be January 31, 2011, both for completion of online renewal (BE SURE YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION) and for mailing of paper renewal forms. 

    • REPLACEMENT OF HSBA MCLE CERTIFICATES :    Although all members have been reminded to retain MCLE certificates, we are receiving a large number of requests for replacement certificates from HSBA produced seminars.  As we struggle to meet these unanticipated requests, PLEASE BE ADVISED that you do not have to produce your MCPE certificate unless you are audited   Random audits will be conducted after renewal is complete in February 2011.   A $15 fee will be charged for each certificate. To order a replacement, please see our online form.   Please allow at least 2 weeks for our staff to verify your attendance at the HSBA seminar and process your replacement certificate.

    • An HSBA Aloha!

HSBA officers meet with the delegation of lawyers from the Hainan Lawyers Association who attended the Fourth Seminar on the Principles of Chinese and American Law. In an exchange of gifts, HSBA presented the Hainan delegation with the Hawaii Real Estate Law Manual Volumes 1 and 2 and received a set of books about the laws in the province of Hainan.


    • Junior Judges 

YLD Junior Judges volunteer Elizabeth Kent talks with 3rd/4th graders at Hokulani Grade School about decision-making, using examples from Harry Potter.


    • Maui County Bar Hosts Jay Foonberg

HSBA President Hugh Jones joins Jay Foonberg and Maui members after Foonberg’s MCPE presentation in October.   Left to right:   Rick Berman, Jay Foonberg, Jones, MCBA President Shannon Imlay and MCBA VP Jennifer Oana.

  • Friendship Agreement between the HSBA and the Tokyo Dai-Ichi Bar Association Renewed!

    The 2005 agreement has been renewed which pledges to develop and present mutually beneficial programs and activities in both Hawaii and Japan. Pictured above is the signing in both Hawaii and Japan. Left Photo (l-r), CJ Moon (ret.), 2011 President Louise Ing, HSBA Treasurer Craig Wagnild, 2010 President Hugh Jones, CJ Recktenwald. Right Photo, representatives of the Tokyo Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association: (front row,l-r) Mr. Kamo, Mr. Eto, & Mr. Nakagawa. Back row (l-r): Mr. Horikoshi, Mr. Hayashi, Ms. Oshima & Mr. Imamura.  

  • New Manuals! HSBA-CLE Manuals now available:
    •    Hawaii Divorce Manual, 8th Edition
    •    Hawaii Conservatorship and Guardianship Manual, 2nd Edition
    •    Hawaii Employment Law Manual, September 2010
    •    Hawaii Conveyance Manual, 5th Edition
    Check out our REFRESHED publications list to purchase!

  • 2011 HSBA Board Election Results: An official announcement was made at the HSBA Bar Convention on September 17, 2010. 

  • HSBA Board Interviews Blaine Kobayashi and Mark Recktenwald: HSBA has notified members of the results in an email blast dated Monday, August 23.

  • 2011 HSBA Board Election Ballots Deployed to Membership

      HSBA electronically deployed the 2011 board election ballot on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. BE SURE TO VOTE! Last chance to cast your ballot will be September 15, 2010. If you have questions or concerns, please notify us.

  • Proposed Amendments to Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct : Proposed amendments are posted here. The Executive Summary outlines the anticipated "hot topics." A discussion of these issues will be posted soon.

  • HSBA Issues Press Release & Resources to Clarify its Role on Judicial and Executive Appointments 

    In light of the number of judicial vacancies at various levels in the state, HSBA has taken the initiative to inform the public and its members on the Bar's purpose and procedures for the assessment of judicial nominees. First, review the HSBA's board procedure on its participation in the judicial and executive appointments that comes from the board policy manual. Further information can be found in the August 2, 2010 press release or President Hugh Jones informative message to the bar earlier this year or the March 2009 lead article by Steven Chow for the Hawaii Bar Journal.

  • Extra, Extra! Read all about it! 

    Read up on your 2011 HSBA Board Candidates and familiarize yourself with their goals for the Bar. Ballots will be distributed electronically in mid-August. A formal announcement of the 2011 Board will be made at the HSBA Annual Meeting on September 17 at the Annual Bar Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

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