HAWAII STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
1132 Bishop Street, Suite 906
Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, April 24, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
1. CALL TO ORDER
President Jeffrey Sia called the meeting to order at 11:46 a.m. No quorum was present at the time, however a quorum was present at the time the Board took action. The following persons were present for all or part of the meeting:
Rai Saint Chu
Carolyn Yu (by phone)
P. Gregory Frey
Ronette Kawakami (by phone)
Board Members Absent
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Minutes of the March board meeting were approved by consensus.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT – Treasurer Douglas Moore reported that HSBA is ahead of projected budget as of March 31st. Executive Director Lyn Flanigan reported that HSBA funds have been put into a sweep account with First Hawaiian Bank. See written financial statements for more detail.
4. COMMITTEE / REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
a. Rule 17 Committee (Judiciary) – President Sia reported that based on the language of Rule 17, HSBA may be fulfilling its mission. He does not foresee, in the near future, any big organizational changes for HSBA due to Rule 17, but the committee will continue to meet with Justice Levinson to keep the lines of communication open.
b. Disciplinary Board Liaison Committee – Will meet on April 24th to discuss issues of concern to Disciplinary Board and HSBA.
c. Strategic Planning Committee – Leadership Subcommittee working on developing senior lawyers division and a bar leadership institute; Membership Subcommittee working on members surveys on pro bono, improving modes of communication, HSBA services & activities.
d. Kona Courthouse Committee – $1.2M is still in budget. Family Court position funded for Waimea.
e. Legislative Report - judicial mandatory retirement age bill died; bill to exempt individuals from UPL rule still alive.
5. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT - Executive Director Lyn Flanigan reported that HSBA is renewing its insurance policies for general liability, crime, O&D, property, and have been able to get premiums less than budgeted. She also announced that the Access to Justice Commission rule was approved by the Supreme Court and commission members will be appointed. Ms. Flanigan remarked that Chief Justice Moon would likely announce the judicial appointment for District Court, Third Circuit, by the end of the week, and the Board would not have much time for its evaluation. Board members commented that it was important for the Board to stick to its process, interview the candidate, and take a position.
6. YLD REPORT – YLD not present.
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a. Practice of Law Definition (see agenda item 7.a. and Exhibit B) -President Sia stated that further revisions are being to the proposed rule on the definition of the practice of law. A meeting will likely be held to hear the concerns of other professional groups.
b. Proposed Amendments to Board Policies on Judicial Selection and Communication by the HSBA Spokesperson (see agenda item 7.b.) – FYI
c. Access to Justice Commission (see agenda item 7.c.) - Appointment of four HSBA members on the Access to Justice Commission need to be made by May 15th.
d. Proposed Amendment to RSCH 17(d) regarding New Membership Category (see agenda item 7.e.) - FYI.
8. NEW BUSINESS
a. Request for Funding by Judicial Administration Committee (see agenda item 7.e. and Exhibit C)
Action taken: After discussion, a motion was made, seconded, and carried without opposition to approve the Judicial Administration Committee’s request for funding up to $3350 for the November 14th Bench-Bar Conference to bring in a national speaker to address the participants on the subject of evidence.
* b. Appointment of Former Judge to JSC – President Sia reported receiving inquiries from bar members and the media whether HSBA would take a position on this issue. He asked board members to think about this because it would be on next month’s board agenda.
9. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned at 1:33 p.m.
HSBA Executive Director
Carolyn M. Yu
* Added to agenda.