Jeffrey H.K. Sia

HSBA President

Aloha Members,

The HSBA annually honors a few individuals through Awards relating to service toward the legal profession (the C. Frederick Schutte Award); judicial administration (the Golden Gavel Award); pro bono service (the Ki‘e Ki‘e Award), and legal education (the Ikena Award).  In addition, the HSBA presents The President’s Award to an individual for particularly distinguished service and extraordinary contributions that best exemplify HSBA’s mission statement:  “To unite and inspire Hawaii’s lawyers to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession.”  This year I am pleased to present The President’s Award to The Honorable Riki May Amano (retired).

Judge Amano has been facilitating the HSBA’s on-going strategic planning process that commenced last year.  Her generous giving of time, energy, enthusiasm, and input while helping to guide the HSBA through this important and critical process has been an enormous benefit to the HSBA.  Judge Amano’s skillful guidance in helping the HSBA examine its mission and goals serves to lay the foundation for the future course of the Bar.  Development of a Senior Counsel Division and a Leadership Institute are examples of the concrete results of this planning process.  Work on membership benefits and services with an eye towards having the HSBA meet the needs of its members continues with Judge Amano’s assistance.

The HSBA is most fortunate to have a member such as Judge Amano.   It will be with great pleasure and appreciation that I present to her the 2008 HSBA President’s Award at our Annual Meeting.

--Jeffrey Sia



2008 HSBA Awards Presentation

At the Oct. 24th Bar Convention

Join us at the HSBA Annual Luncheon as we honor our HSBA Awardees. The following awards will be presented:

C. Frederick Schutte Award: Access to Justice Hui and Nalani Fujimori

‘Ikena Award: Dean Aviam Soifer

Ki’e Ki’e Award: Edmund Burke

Golden Gavel award: Rick Damerville and Jay Kimura

President’s Award: The Honorable Riki May Amano

Read about these Awards.





Friday, October 24, 2008

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Join us for a variety of CLE, our annual meeting, keynote speaker Professor Neal Katyal of Georgetown University, and a number of vendors and presentations. Be sure to sign up for CLE programs ASAP to ensure you receive materials!

Exciting New Addition: LIVE Casemaker Demonstration, FREE!

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.








ABA Retirement Program

At the Oct. 24th Bar Convention

Maria Roberts from the ABA Retirement program will be at the Bar Convention exhibitors’ area to discuss the ABA 401(k) program available to all HSBA members/firms as a member benefit.

Maria will also be available for appointments with individuals and firms on October 28 and 29, 2008. Contact Maria directly at 1-800-826-8901 or 1-617-376-4626 to make an appointment.



YLD News

Jill M. Hasegawa, YLD President

Please join the YLD at our Annual Meeting on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 7:30 a.m. for Chief Justice Moon's "State of the Judiciary" address, the YLD election results for 2009, and our awards presentation.

The YLD’s Justice Award is presented to an attorney who has made outstanding contributions to the ideals of justice and who has supported legal activities beneficial to society as a whole. This year, the YLD recognizes two co-recipients for this award.

The first recipient of this year’s Justice Award is Kendall Wong, for his many years of volunteer services with Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, helping numerous VLSH clinics, assisting in phone consultations, and taking on pro bono cases.

The second recipient of this award is The Honorable James Burns, former Chief Judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Burns remained committed to serving the people of Hawaii.  He continues to be active in the American Judicature Society, the American Inns of Court at the William S. Richardson School of Law, and in the Street Law program, working with at-risk teenagers.

The Liberty Bell is awarded to a non-attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in a law-related field. The Liberty Bell Award this year goes to Waianae High School teacher Michael Anderson for establishing a Mock Trial Club at Waianae High School and educating the students on the judicial system, while they learn to formulate a legal case and develop presentation skills.



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. 

More information about Mock Trial.

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

Will Tanaka: 547-5851,

Sean Sanada: 547-7400,

Jason Woo: 547-7400,



We Need Furniture!

HSBA is consolidating space and moving around internally.

Do you have office furniture (particularly shelving and dividers) to donate? And does anyone need a dot matrix printer (with cabinet) or an 8' round collapsible table that HSBA can donate?

Please call 537-1868. 



2007 New Admits


In our October 1, 2008, E-Calendar we reported that 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. The amendment is actually retroactive to January 1, 2008.

Thus each New Admit who elected active status during 2008 will have until December 31, 2009 to complete the course.This administrative change provides a uniform deadline and avoids compliance problems arising from scheduling of the course.



Bench/Bar Conference

November 14, 2008 at the Ala Moana Hotel

Learn the “Seven Deadly Sins of Trial” by noted speaker Tom Vesper at the November 14th Bench-Bar Conference.

Easily over a thousand dollars to attend a seminar by Vesper anywhere else, you can listen to and see him for only $45 -- including lunch! 

Register now for the Bench-Bar Conference!



CLE For Litigators

Friday, November 14, 2008

Depos for Dummies with Tom Vesper

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., HEI Training Center

Saturday, November 15, 2008

  Develop a Discovery Plan with Tom Vesper

 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., HSBA Conference Room

Register for these seminars.

December 9, 2008

Hot Topics in Litigation

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

Details for this seminar are subject to change. Please check for updates.




Petition for Judicial Retention

The Honorable Gary W.B. Chang

The Honorable Gary W.B. Chang’s term as Circuit Court Judge of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii will expire on May 31, 2009. Judge Chang has petitioned to be retained in officeand to be renewed for an additional term.

Comments are due to the Judicial Selection Commission before November 3, 2008.

Before 2009 registration opens, make sure your information is correct! HSBA Members in good standing can change their CONTACT INFORMATION online by accessing

You may change the following: published business address, telephone, fax, email, and add an area of speciality.

To change your name or status, you must contact HSBA and comply with regulations regarding these items.




Photo Journal


HSBA members and WSRSL graduates honored at the WSRSL annual alumni meeting.
Left to Right: Professor Calvin Pang, The Honorable Sabrina McKenna and Tom Grande



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