JULY 2012

July 17 - Appellate Section Meeting

July 17 - Collection Law Section Meeting

July 18 - Probate and Estate Planning Section Meeting

July 18 - Legal Line

July 19 - Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter: Avoiding the ethical traps of social networking seminar

July 20 - Volunteer Training on the Honolulu District Court Access to Justice Room

July 23 - Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Meeting

July 24 - Litigation Section Meeting

July 24-25 - Bar Exam

July 25 - Elder Law Section Meeting

July 25 - Legal Line

July 26 - 2012 HSBA Board Meeting

July 31 - SCD Coffee Hour: Cyber Risks

In addition, the William S. Richardson School of Law is co-hosting the Will K. Weinstein Conversation Series 2012. The series focuses on ethics. Note: Each session is eligible for 1.5 CLE credits.

Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities?

Supreme Court Rule 6.1 encourages all members of the Bar to aspire to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono services. In an effort to assist members, the HSBA will list: (1) events where volunteers are needed to provide legal services, and (2) training activities which will lead to the provision of legal services.

If your group or organization would like to list an event or activity which will provide, or which will lead to the provision of, pro bono legal services, please contact us at

For the month of July: you may contact Jeanilou G. Torrado of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii for the seminar on divorce offered for free to attorneys interested in taking a pro bono case with Legal Aid. For reservations contact Jeanilou at 527-8005.

You may see the full list of organizations that can pair you with opportunities here.

See a full list of organizations that can pair you with opportunities here.



Hawaiian Air

Members may receive a 5 percent discount on Hawaiian Airlines transpacific flights by going through our link on the HSBA member benefits page and making reservations. To take advantage of the member benefit, log in to your HSBA account and click here.

Senior Counsel Division Annual Meeting:

Justice DuffyFeaturing special guest speaker Justice James Duffy (Retired).

Justice Duffy will discuss "Life Lessons as a Lawyer and Judge" at the SCD annual meeting.

The meeting includes breakfast buffet service, agenda items, and installation of 2013 SCD President Carole Richelieu.

Event details:

Where: YWCA of Oahu - Fuller Hall. 1040 Richards Street. Honolulu, HI 96813.

When: Friday, August 10, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. To register click here.

For more information contact Natalie Millon at or at 792-7333.

Save the Date!

This year's Annual Bar Convention will be held on September 21, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The convention will include programs from the following HSBA groups: Family Law, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Real Property & Financial Services, Appellate Law Section, Probate & Estate Planning, Technology Committee, Litigation Section, the Young Lawyers Division, Natural Resources, Corporate Counsel, and Labor & Employment Law.

Registration details to be made available soon.

A Message from President Carol K. Muranaka:

Carol MuranakaIt is always a treat to become acquainted with people who are willing to volunteer their time to improve the legal profession.

Keith Hiraoka is the dedicated co-chair of the HSBA Committee on Professional Responsibility and Risk Management with Evan Shirley.   Together with committee members, Nadine Ando, Justice Jim Duffy (ret.), Judge Leslie Hayashi, Janet Hunt, Howard Luke, Bill Meheula, Peter Olson, Randy Roth, Carroll Taylor, and John Yamano, the “Hawaii Supreme Court Mandated Professionalism Course”-- revitalized and re-energized -- was launched on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the William S. Richardson School of Law.  The committee worked diligently on an agenda that blended the practical with the ethical theoretical.  

Chief Justice Recktenwald commented sagely about the tough decisions that attorneys sometimes face and that the lawyers should rely on people they respect.  He said the “Guidelines of Professional Courtesy and Civility for Hawaii Lawyers” are helpful in dealing with practical everyday issues.  “Honesty and respect are valued,” he said.

Read the full message here.

Have a suggestion for seminar topics or speakers? We'd love to hear from you! Contact Levi Hookano, CLE Director of Programs here.

Upcoming 2012 Mandatory RSCH Professionalism Courses: November 17, 2012 at the William S. Richardson School of Law. In-person attendance required for newly admitted Bar members. Details to be made available in the beginning of September.

Webcasts at your convenience 24/7!

Webcasts of previous 3-MCPE credit presentations are available anytime. For a full list of available webcasts visit our CLE webpage.

Judiciary News- Latest Happenings!

A Message from YLD President John Roth:

John Roth photoAloha All:

Happy July! Summer swells and long days have arrived.

LAW WEEK went well.  We are planning on having a volunteer appreciation for all LAW WEEK volunteers at our annual meeting in September.  

As discussed prior, YLD is spearheading PROJECT SALUTE this fall.  PROJECT SALUTE is a public service project being undertaken by the HSBA Young Lawyers Division in conjunction and supported by the ABA Young Lawyers Division to educate veterans on federal benefits available to them and assist them in obtaining these much deserved benefits. 

To read the full message click here.

Reminders, News & Notes:

MCLE Board Openings - The MCLE Board, which reviews continuing legal education independent provider applications, is looking for applicants to fill three positions on the MCLE Board. The voluntary term runs from October 2, 2012 and expires on October 1, 2015.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Julie Yang, MCLE administrator at no later than August 31, 2012.

SAVE THE DATE! September 9 - 11 - 2012 Law Conference in Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit the HSBA website.

Bar Card and Bar Directory Update: We've Gone Online and Made it Easier!

Changes and requests for either a bar card or bar directory can now be made online through our submission forms.