Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

Aloha Members!

Mandatory pro bono is a controversial topic that recently received some national attention. In the June edition of the ABA’s “Washington Letter” publication, it was reported that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Closing the Justice Gap” on 5/22/08. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) chaired the hearing and reportedly asked whether pro bono legal services might be federally mandated or required by individual states as a way to provide access to justice for those in need of legal services, but without the resources to fulfill those needs.  

ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas Susman later responded to Senator Cardin’s question in a 5/29/08 letter, indicating that the ABA strongly encouraged and supported pro bono and public service benefiting low-income individuals and organizations that serve the poor. That response corresponds to the HSBA’s encouragement and support of pro bono services in Hawaii. The HSBA not only promotes pro bono service, but provides such service through its Legal Line service and various YLD pro bono activities. It is a member of the Access to Justice Hui and has representatives on the newly formed Access to Justice Commission.

Susman also wrote that in 2002, the ABA rejected the inclusion of mandatory pro bono requirements. The ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service “maintains that mandatory pro bono would not constructively help solve the justice gap and could actually be counterproductive because it would:

•    detrimentally and disproportionately impact small firms and solo practitioners and newer lawyers, who do not have the resources to absorb the impact of the requirement;
•    hurt lawyers’ morale and reduce other altruistic inclinations; and
•    detrimentally impact the quality of service provided to low-income clients because lawyers would be required to provide representation outside their areas of expertise.”

What do you think?  What can we do – what can the HSBA do to provide “access to justice” beyond what is being done?  Let the HSBA know your thoughts and comments.

Mahalo for your comments.
--Jeff H.K. Sia


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July 24, 2008

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KCC Paralegal training program is seeking input from HSBA members to assist with their program planning. You are invited to participate in their survey which will be open until June 28, 2008. Please assist them. KCC Paralegal Training Survey.

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YLD News

Jill M. Hasegawa, YLD President

The HSBA Needs Your Help!

The YLD serves as the contact point for disaster legal assistance in Hawaii. When a disaster occurs, the Hawaii Civil Defense Authority contacts the HSBA to provide basic legal services and consultation to victims, including manning neighborhood Disaster Assistance Relief Centers, staffing a hotline to provide basic legal services, or providing pro bono legal services. When disasters strike, immediate assistance is necessary, and advance preparedness is the key to a rapid response. The HSBA relies totally upon its members’ support in its disaster assistance relief efforts.

As we head into a new hurricane season, the HSBA asks for your help! Please add your name to our list of HSBA disaster assistance volunteers. No specific experience is necessary.  The HSBA will provide you with the basic information needed to respond to the victims’ concerns and issues

To volunteer, please contact Tammy Takara at or (808) 538-1868. (Toll free from the neighbor islands:  Maui – (808) 270-0873; Lanai – (808) 568-0873; Hawaii - (808) 930-0873; Molokai -  (808) 660-0873 and Kauai – (808) 240-0873). 

Be ready to step up when your support and assistance are needed.    Mahalo!




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