February 15, 2008

Welcome to the Hawaii State Bar Association Newsletter!


Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

Do you know the actual amount of your HSBA dues?   The total amount you pay to register each year does not all go to the HSBA.

For 2008, an active HSBA member, private and government, with at least five years of practice was required to pay:   

$197.00 -- HSBA dues

$250.00 -- Disciplinary Board (ODC) fees

$31.00 -- Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program (AAP) fees

$478.00 -- TOTAL

The HSBA only receives about 41% of the total.   The HSBA must collect the fees charged separately by ODC, AAP, and the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (LFCP), which is why you pay them with your HSBA dues.   HSBA then has to disburse their money to them.   

To provide services for you, the HSBA works hard to add revenue from other sources, such as benefit/affinity programs, CLE presentations, and manuals.   “Services” are not limited to providing discount movie tickets (although many appreciate that service). CASEMAKER® is one of the value-added benefits provided for HSBA members.   Others are listed on the HSBA website at

            You may question or complain about the HSBA dues, but consider this information, and importantly, consider becoming involved with the HSBA to provide your affirmative input.   At least take the time to find out what the HSBA is doing for you.



CLE Events

February 22, 2008

Learn How to Represent Clients Before the Liquor Commission

Location: 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 306

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Also available as a live web cast for neighbor islands.


Part II Landlord-Tenant Manual Update

More information to come. Date, Time & Location TBA.

Save the Date!

October 24, 2008 for the 2008 BAR CONVENTION at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa.


Online CLE

Looking for new online CLE programs?

 Check out new listings from other bars, available at Legalspan .



Section Chairs Orientation

Section Chairs: Get off to a great start this year!  

Be sure your section is represented at the orientation meeting where policies, procedures, HSBA technology and services will be discussed.

When: Monday, February 25, 12:00 p.m.

Where: HSBA Conference Room, 1132 Bishop St., Ste. 906

RSVP: Anna Cottrell at 537-1868 or acottrell@hsba.org



Don’t Miss this HSBA Webinar Event:

“E-Mail Management Best Practices”


This timely webinar will provide an overview of e-mail risks facing litigators, law firms, in-house legal counsel, and clients. Jerry Silver, attorney and expert in electronic discovery and admissibility, will share best practices for e-mail management and discuss how new e-discovery rulings impact business-as-usual. Participants will walk away with tips & tools that they can put to work immediately for their clients as well as their own law firms and companies.


Date: Wednesday, February 20th  

Time: 12:00pm

Presenter: Jerry Silver (Attorney, Legal Tech consultant, Director of Corporate Development for RPost®)

What You Need to Participate: Phone and Internet Access

To Register: RSVP to rpost@hsba.org



Justice Breyer Addresses the Bar



HSBA President Jeffrey H.K. Sia and Justice Breyer.

 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in February as a Jurist-in-Residence, addressed the HSBA membership and the Judiciary February 4 on the topic of “Judicial Independence."


He spoke candidly and comfortably with 100 members of the Bar and Judiciary about the meaning and importance of judicial independence in our society, pointing out how far our democratic institutions have come--transformed over time from a society which once needed to enforce judicial decisions with military strength to one which accepts and adheres to the rule of law and role of the judiciary.



Board Vacancies on LASH Board

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will have 5 positions expiring on its Board on June 30, 2008.   Duties: governs the Society whose primary purpose is to secure justice for and protect rights of the needy and promote measures for their assistance, knowledgeable about and supportive of delivery of quality legal services to the poor.   Anyone interested in serving should submit to the HSBA Nominating Committee: a resume, reason for wanting to serve, and area of concentration.   Please submit applications to the HSBA Office by February 28, 2008.   For more details, see page 16 of the February Hawaii Bar Journal.




Bar Directories for Sale!

While they last!

Need Bar Directories for your staff? Extra copies are now for sale!

Cost is $30.00

Order Form

Pick up your copies at the HSBA office

($10.00 fo r postage & handling if mailed.)



YLD News

Jill Hasegawa, YLD President

Upcoming YLD Events

Please Save These Dates!

Let’s Have Some Fun and Party! YLD Social @ Pearl (Tuesday, March 18, 2008)

Please join fellow YLD members as we start the New Year with a bang and have some fun.   Our first YLD social of the year will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Pearl (located in the Ala Moana Shopping Center’s Ho'okipa Terrace).   Pupus will be provided, so get there early for the food, fun, and camaraderie.   See you at Pearl!

AND don’t forget to volunteer for the upcoming Junior Judges and Ready for the World Projects!    Last year, our Junior Judges volunteer attorneys participated in over 100 presentations, reaching over 3,000 of Hawaii’s students on the Island of Oahu alone.


Be part of our YLD outreach programs!

Junior Judges (April 21-25, 2008.)     The Junior Judges project, back this year with an all new video, presents elementary school students (grades 3 and 4) make good decisions when faced with tough situations such as: cheating, property destruction, weapons & gangs, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure and stealing. The students are challenged to “be the judge” ----this program is interactive and fun for the volunteers and the students!

Ready for the World (May 12-16, 2008).   The Ready for the World project sends volunteer attorneys to high school senior classes to provide pertinent legal information regarding rights and responsibilities as they turn 18!   Presentations cover issues including: employment matters, landlord-tenant, credit and debt, drunk driving, and a variety of other topics.   Join us as we prepare Hawaii’s next generation of adults for the world!  

For more information on the projects listed above, or to volunteer, please contact Tammy Takara at ttakara@hsba.org or (808)537-1868.   Make a difference!



Want to make a difference?
Volunteers are always welcome to participate in Legal Line, Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the HSBA Office. If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line please contact Tammy Takara at 792-7338 or ttakara@hsba.org .

The dates, times, and costs of the HSBA events noted in this newsletter are subject to change. Please re-check the information as the event approaches at www.hsba.org or with the sponsoring organization.

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