january 2012

January 19- Insurance Coverage Litigation Section Meeting

January 19- Joint Meeting: Appellate and Litigation Section Meeting

January 20- Real Property and Financial Services Section Meeting

January 20- Business Law Section Meeting

January 23- YLD Board Meeting

January 24- HCBA Membership and Self-Help Center Meeting

January 25- SCD Board Meeting

January 27- HSBA Board Meeting

January 30- Deadline to Comment on the Proposals to Amend the Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure

January 30- Deadline to Comment on the Proposals to Amend the Rules of the District Courts of the State of Hawaii

January 31- Disaster Assistance Recovery Center (DARC) Meeting- Hosted by YLD


We Don't Want You to Miss These!

- Still Need to Renew? Please be sure to visit as soon as possible (the deadline was Dec. 31, 2011).

- MEMBER BENEFIT- Civil Beat Partnership: HSBA members! Wake up everyday to Hawaii's source for public interest journalism and news! Honolulu Civil Beat, HSBA’s newest member provider, will be offering a special subscription rate (75% off) to HSBA members in February! To preview what Civil Beat has to offer, go to their website and stay tuned to our website for the latest on this and other great member benefits!

- YLD Professional Services Social, FEB. 2: Join the Young Lawyer's Division and the UH Shidler College of Business Alumni Association at it's next professional networking mixer at The Standard. See more details on the event and to RSVP.

- Lawyer Referral and Information Service Notice: It's time to start ringing in the New Year with more revenue and clients! Contact us to learn more or to sign up today!


A Message from President Carol K. Muranaka:

Warm wishes for a successful, happy new year!  
The huge helpings of delicious meals and scrumptious desserts from the holidays are behind us, and now it is time to act on those new year resolutions.   Here is a resolution to think about:  attending the Access to Justice Conference on June 12, featuring Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School, the 2012 bar convention on September 21 with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and the fundraiser dinner on Saturday, October 27, featuring all of you in spooky or fun costumes.  A special new friend, Zale Okazaki, will be pouring her unbounded energy with her co-chair, Greg Markham, into making this “spooky” party an unforgettable event.

I am extremely grateful to the following enthusiastic individuals for volunteering to lead the various standing committees of the HSBA (in no particular order):  Chuck Crumpton and Beverly Hiramatsu (Attorney-Client Relations);  Christine Kubota (Awards); Ted Pettit (Civics Education); Paul Alston (Consumer Protection); Gunner Schull (CLE); Joel August (Delivery of Legal Services to the Public); Mei Nakamoto (Diversity, Equality, and the Law); Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba and James Kawashima (Judicial Administration); Kenneth Hoo (Lawyer Referral & Information Service); Mihoko Ito and Gary Slovin (Legislation and Public Policy); Miriam Loui (Member Benefits and Services); Keith Hiraoka and Evan Shirley (Professional Responsibility and Risk Management); Cynthia Johiro and Ed Kemper (Publications); Damien Elefante (Technology); Judge Linda Luke (Nominating); Miles Furutani (Staff and Facilities).  

CLE Update: Your HSBA Programs Department is working hard to fulfill its committment to provide convenient and affordable MCPE and VCLE programs for YOU! We've got live seminars, webcasts, neighbor island and recorded seminars ongoing and in the works.

CLE Live Course:

Save the Date!

  • 2012 Professionalism Courses: June 15 & Nov. 16 at the Honolulu Country Club
  • Solo and Small Firm Conference (featuring Dustin Cole): June 29 at the Honolulu Country Club
  • Bar Convention: September 21 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Webcasts at Your Convenience: 24/7!

Webcasts of past 3-MCPE credit presentations are available anytime. Watch from your office or home, but upon purchase you must complete the viewing within 48 hours. Full list of available webcasts can be found on our CLE webpage.

Stay tuned to the CLE webpage for the latest.

The William S. Richardson School of Law to Welcome
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor as its 2012 Jurist in Residence!

The visit of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sotomayor will be from January 29 - February 3, 2012 with the law school coordinating the Hawaii events agenda. See the press release on her visit for more details.

The HSBA will be hosting an event for her on February 2 at the Hawaii Supreme Court. Due to pending security logistics, details are not available.

NOTE: We have confirmed that seating will be limited with the possibility of background checks. HSBA has only been allotted half of the available seats in the room and once we confirm more details, we will alert members.

Please continue to visit our website for details on this event. Mahalo.

HSBA Representative Needed- Judicial Arbitration Commission!

The HSBA will appoint an HSBA representative to the Commission due to the retirement of Ralph LaFountaine, HSBA’s current representative. If you are interested in serving or would like to know more information, please email

Judiciary News- Latest Happenings!

A Message from YLD President John Roth:

Age is but a number.  “Young” lawyers come in all shapes and sizes. Young lawyers who are associates at big firms, young lawyers who are trying to hang their own shingles, young lawyers who found mentors with small or solo practices, young lawyers who work for the state/county and young lawyers who cannot find jobs. 

To qualify as a member of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the HSBA you must be under 36 years of age or admitted to your first Bar less than five years regardless of age.  Regardless of your age and or situation, you can only be a YOUNG lawyer for a small window of time during your early years when you are extra motivated and passionate about your newly found profession.

The YLD will provide many opportunities to participate in new and old programs that strive to make this world a better place.  Take a chance and get involved.  I look forward to working with you all and encourage you to read up on opportunities to get involved.