Members should expect to receive their 2009 renewal forms in the mail by late November. Forms are being sent to the preferred mailing address on file as of 11/13/08.

Please register by December 31, 2008 to avoid late fees and penalties. Explicit instructions are included in the materials and will be posted on the HSBA website on Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

We encourage you to register online when the electronic system becomes available. Watch for an email from the HSBA announcing the opening of our online registration portal.



Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

Aloha Members,

The Hawaii Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism submitted its recommendation to the Court to add new Rules 1.15 and 1.16 to the Rules of the Supreme Court pertaining to mandatory continuing professional education (MCPE) and voluntary continuing legal education (VCLE), and noncompliance with the MCPE requirement and VCLE reporting requirement. Last Wednesday, the Court notified the HSBA that it put the Commission’s proposed new rules out for public comment. The proposed Rules are available for viewing on the Judiciary’s website.

New Rule 1.15 sets forth a MCPE requirement of 3 credit hours per year. Qualifying educational topics may include the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, legal ethics, law office management, case and client management, malpractice insurance and prevention programs, and professionalism. The VCLE portion of the new Rule encourages all HSBA members to complete up to 9 or more credit hours per year of voluntary continuing legal education. There is a mandatory reporting feature to the new Rule, which is similar to the current mandatory reporting of annual pro bono hours. If adopted by the Court, the new Rules will become effective 7/1/09 or later.

The concept of required “professionalism” education for licensed attorneys in Hawaii is neither novel nor new. Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 1.14, which was adopted in 2001, already requires newly licensed attorneys in Hawaii to complete a Hawaii professionalism course within a year after election of active status. The course is held twice a year for new admittees and it exceeds the 3 hours required under the new Rule. Certainly, expanding “professionalism” education to the rest of us and on an annual basis is new, but with the breadth of qualifying topics, the required 3 hours per year is not particularly onerous.

I encourage all of you to read the proposed Rules so you know exactly what is being proposed by the Court. Please contact me or any of your HSBA officers and directors if you have questions or comments about the new Rules.

--Jeffrey Sia




Federal Bar Association Presents

“Ninth Circuit Practice Tips”

Thursday, November 20, 2008

1:15 to 2:00 p.m.

U.S. Bankruptcy Courtroom, 1132 Bishop Street, 6th Floor


Hon. Mary M. Schroeder

Hon. Richard A Paez

Hon. N. Randy Smith

Circuit Judges

Visiting jurists will offer their thoughts on written and oral presentations. The discussion with be informal and questions will be taken.




Save the Date!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Erwin Chemerinsky, renowned constitutional law scholar and founding dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, will join the HSBA for lunch and a “Conversation with Chemerinsky” on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Dean Chemerinsky, who has written several books and over 100 articles and has argued frequently before the U.S. Supreme Court, may well have written the constitutional law text you used in law school.

Among his many awards and accolades, Dean Chemerinsky was named in 2005 by Legal Times as one of the “top 20 legal scholars in the United States.”

Stay tuned for information on the event at http://www.law.uci.edu/profile_e_chemerinsky.html.




Mandatory Professionalism Course

November 21, 2008

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club

Brochure and Registration Form

The Supreme Court has amended HRSC 1.14, effective retroactively to July 1, 2007, to provide that the Mandatory Professionalism Course is to be taken no later than December 31 of the year following the year of election of active status. 

Thus each new Admit who elected active status after July 1, 2007 will have until December 31, 2008 to complete the course. This administrative change provides a uniform deadline and avoids compliance problems arising from scheduling of the course.




New Admittee Events

Names of those who passed the July 2008 Bar Exam are posted on the Judiciary website. The Swearing-in ceremony for those who have completed all relevant requirements is Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:00 p.m.at the Pikake Room, Neal Blaisdell Center.




CLE For Litigators

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hot Topics in Litigation

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the HEI Training Center



Member Benefit Updates:

NEW Car Rental Discounts

AVIS Car Rental: Call 1-800-962-1434 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or visit their website at www.avis.com for reservations. Discount number is A679100.

Budget Rent A Car: Call 1-800-527-0700 or visit www.budget.com. ID Code is V445101. Discount cards also available at the HSBA office.

Hertz Car Rental: Call 1-800-654-2210. CDP #77267. Discount cards also available at HSBA. www.hertz.com


Your FREE Legal Research Engine

CASEMAKER webinars are available every other Tuesday in November and December.

The next webinar is Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 11:00 am. 

Visit our site for more information and to register.


The Complete Lawyer

November-December Issue

The newest issue of The Complete Lawyer is available!  Doing Business Internationally contains articles offering insight on legal and cultural business issues in China, Mexico, Japan, Nigeria and the Middle East.

Other articles examine firm and practice management, marketing and business development, personal and professional planning and more.

Access the newest edition through the link above, or go to the HSBA website at your leisure and find The Complete Lawyer in our Member Benefits listing.




Pro-Bono Opportunities With

The Judiciary

Looking for ways to accomplish your goal of 50 pro bono hours, per HRPC 6.1?  The Judiciary offers a number of excellent volunteer opportunities for HSBA members.

View the Judiciary volunteer listing on our website: www.hsba.org/judiciaryvolunteer.aspx.



Hawaii High School Mock Trial

The Young Lawyers Division of the HSBA invites you to coach local high school Mock Trial teams! Coaches will train teams for the competition season, January through April 2009, culminating in the State Championships at the Hawaii Supreme Court. 

Coaches and teams will work together on the case, analyzing the legal problem, creating outlines, practicing methods of direct/cross examination, creating opening and closing arguments, and more. This is a rewarding opportunity to share your legal experience with future generations of attorneys.

More information about Mock Trial.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact James Maruyama at 537-1868 or email jamesm@hsba.org. If you have any questions about the program, please contact one our YLD Mock Trial state coordinators:

Will Tanaka: 547-5851, wtanaka@goodsill.com

Sean Sanada: 547-7400, sksanada@gmail.com

Jason Woo: 547-7400, jasonwoo51@gmail.com



Judiciary Information Management System Vision Becoming Reality

When it was first announced in 2002, the Hawai`i State Judiciary saw great potential in the Judiciary Information Management System (JIMS) project.

By 2010, JIMS was expected to allow Hawai`i appellate and trial courts at all levels and on all islands to manage and view information associated with individual cases and parties, implement work flow, organize data, eliminate duplicate data entry, generate notices, orders and other official documents automatically, and lessen the need for volumes of paper.

Unfortunately, the implementation of the JIMS project proved much more difficult than expected. In May 2008, the Judiciary cancelled its contract with ACS Government Systems Inc., the vendor selected to develop the case management system. (ACS has been retained to implement the jury system.)

This and other setbacks caused the Judiciary to reassess its JIMS efforts. In recent months, the JIMS Project Team has worked closely with Judiciary staff and external agency partners to launch several initiatives that have improved, or will improve, court operations:

• The JIMS Collections Agency Interface, which electronically transmits delinquent traffic fines and fees to the Municipal Services Bureau for collection, has increased collections by 600 percent. The project, which only cost $49,000 to set up, has resulted in $5.2 million in collections to the State of Hawai`i general fund since referring cases to MSB. Beginning in September, the Municipal Services Bureau will report delinquency information to the credit bureaus, which should be an additional incentive for individuals to pay their traffic fines and fees.

• The eBench Warrant Project, a paperless bench warrant system scheduled to go live in 2009, will allow the Judiciary to provide law enforcement agencies with updated and secure access to view and print traffic warrants data via a web browser. Law enforcement officers currently need to physically retrieve and serve warrants.

• The Horizontal Integration Pilot (HIP) for JIMS will be launched in the Third Circuit in March 2009. Arrest report data from the Hawai`i Criminal Justice Data Center will be electronically transmitted to JIMS. This eliminates the need for court staff to manually input the information to initiate cases created from arrests, thereby shortening case processing time, improving public safety, reducing the chance of input errors and reducing costs.

The Judiciary has developed a new JIMS roadmap outlining JIMS milestones until 2014. Upcoming projects include the development of a jury module that will allow potential jurors to request exemptions and deferrals online. An accounting module will generate financial reports automatically and eliminate the need for court staff to enter financial data more than once. User interface improvements will be made to improve the quality of our data entry. JIMS will also be expanded to include criminal records and allow for electronic filing of court documents.

“JIMS is a long-term business transformation project. We are well positioned for the future and are focusing on realizing the vision of JIMS,” said JIMS Project Manager Deena White. “The components necessary for success are coming together. I am very optimistic about the Judiciary’s ability to realize the vision of JIMS,” she said.



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Beware of scam emails that have been targeting collection attorneys. A scam similar to the one below has become common in California and a number of firms have been victimized. See tips at the bottom for avoiding these scams.

Example of a Scam Email:

“Attention Counsel,

We contact you to represent our company after a careful review of your profile from the American Bar Association/martindale.com. We are of the opinion that a reputable attorney is required to represent us in North America in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by our North America clients…

Once more thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to read this mail Yours truly, Lou Kong


Asia Pacific Microsystems, Inc.

#2. R&D Rd. VI

Science-based Industrial Park

Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C.

Tel (General):    +886-3-6661188

Fax (General):   +886-3-6661199”

Tips for avoiding scams:

·         Research the name(s) in the email: Sender, Company, alleged Chairman/CEO. In the example above, the Company named is legitimate but the person alleged to be Chairman/CEO is not.

·         Look at the return email address. If an email claiming to be from a “corporation” comes through a Gmail account, it’s probably bogus. The scam above came through a Gmail account.


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