Presidents' Messages

A Message from Carol K. Muranaka, HSBA President:

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.

-- Wilferd Peterson

This year, I have met strangers who have become friends and have been inspired by those who give selflessly.

I began the year by acknowledging the energetic individuals who volunteered to lead the various standing committees of the HSBA: (in no particular order): Chuck Crumpton and Beverly Hiramatsu (Attorney-Client Relations); Miles Furutani (Staff and Facilities); Christine Kubota (Awards); Judge Joel August (Delivery of Legal Services to the Public); 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); Gunner Schull and Mark Shklov (CLE); Mei Nakamoto, Daniel Gluck, and Cathy Betts (Diversity, Equality, and the Law); Keith Hiraoka and Evan Shirley (Professional Responsibility and Risk Management); Cynthia Johiro and Ed Kemper (Publications); Damien Elefante (Technology); Ted Pettit (Civics Education); Paul Alston (Consumer Protection); Judge Linda Luke (Nominating); and Lissa Andrews, Clare Connors, P. Gregory Frey, Miles Furutani, Ryan Hamaguchi, Derek Kobayashi, Teri-Ann Nagata, Curtis Saiki, Bert Sakuda, and Jodi Kimura Yi (Strategic Planning).

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President John Roth:

Aloha All.

Can you believe that it is already December!?!? I hope everyone completed their billable hours or more importantly their PRO BONO hours and MCPE credits! All joking aside, during this time of the year, it is a good idea to reflect upon the past year and make resolutions for the upcoming year. I hope you can reflect upon the many hours you spent volunteering for HSBA projects.

The major projects accomplished by the YLD board (always with the help of the wonderful staff of the HSBA) include:

- High School Mock Trial Competition
- Law Week/Action Line (Staffing free legal information booths statewide and answered phone calls working with KHON2)
- Legal Lines (Free legal information for the public via phone calls)
- Project Salute (Free legal information for veterans through a one-day legal clinic)
- 3 MCPE credit program (at the HSBA convention with the help of Professor Randall Roth...thanks, Dad!)
- Professional networking

Read the full message here.

Fastcase informational seminars (1 MCPE credit) available to members

On December 1st, the HSBA began offering Fastcase as the legal research member benefit to HSBA members. To access Fastcase, simply log in at for free access. You'll have a customized Fastcase start page that includes your research history and access to a library of your saved research items. Find out more about Fastcase at Fastcase has also been conducting free, CLE-accredited webinar training. There are two webinar trainings available for the remainder of the month.

Note: Webinar times below reflect Hawaii Standard Time, however the links will take you to a registration page which displays Eastern Standard Time. The below times are accurate and reflect Hawaii time.

December 14 at 12 p.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

December 18 at 12 p.m.
Hawaii Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

In addition to the December webinars, Fastcase will present live demos for HSBA members in January and February 2013 on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Subsequent monthly webinars will be offered on the different Fastcase components. Fastcase's award-winning legal research tools for nationwide legal research normally sell for $95 per month or $995 per year – but they will be available for free through the HSBA. It's one more way that the HSBA is providing membership benefits that matter for your practice.

End 2012 with a bang & hit the ground running in 2013!

Paying clients!

Instant email notifications of clients referred!

Join a nationwide network of ABA approved LRIS Services!

Learn more about the HSBA's LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE (LRIS) - The only game in town with 37 years of Bar sponsorship. To sign up download the registration form or email

HSBA members have until December 17 to come into the HSBA office or submit an order form via email for a 20 percent discount on select manuals. Mail-in order forms must be postmarked by December 17 to receive the winter manuals sale prices. View the flyer and order form for your discounted manual!


December 14
- Federal Bar Association Hawaii Chapter Hosts Annual Conference
- Government Lawyers Section General Membership Meeting and 1.0-Credit MCPE Seminar

December 15
- Young Lawyers Division Board Meeting

December 25
- HSBA Office closed in Observance of Christmas

December 31
- Attorney Renewal Registration Deadline

Save the Date - Seminars & Events in January and Beyond

January 2013 CLE Course - "Finality of Arbitration Awards: When Are They Truly Binding?"
Date: January 15, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room - Note: Validated parking not available.
1.5 MCPE credits
In-Person Registration Information
Live Webcast Registration Information

He Hali’a Aloha No Jon - The University of Hawaii Law Review and the Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice will honor the work and memory of Professor Jon M. Van Dyke by hosting an international symposium January 30 to February 1, 2013 entitled He Hali`a Aloha No Jon - Memories of Aloha for Jon.

The symposium is supported by the HSBA International Law Section. Click here for more information.

Member Benefits Corner
Looking to travel over the holidays? Take advantage of the HSBA's travel benefits!

go! Airlines - HSBA members can enjoy lower fares for neighbor island travel and can check in up to 3 bags for free. You must present your HSBA Bar Card to the reservation agent and give them corporate code HSB59 at the ticketing counter. For reservations, FIRST LOGIN to your benefits account, then visit the online booking tool. Note: you must be logged in to our website before you can access the online booking tool.

Hawaiian Airlines - HSBA members are eligible for a 5% off discount on all transpacific web fares. For reservations, FIRST LOGIN, then visit the online booking tool. Note: you must be logged in to our website before you can access the online booking tool. If you're having trouble logging on to our website, please contact us at

Looking to fulfill your 3 credit MCPE requirement before the end of the year? There are numerous CLE programs that are viewable online for your convenience on the HSBA CLE website. These informative programs are available 24/7 and may qualify for MCPE credits. Look for the seminars with the 3 MCPE credit notation if you are looking to fulfill your 3 credit MCPE requirement for the year.

Questions about the annual MCPE requirement?

Visit the MCLE Frequently Asked Questions webpage for frequently asked questions.

2013 License Renewal Registration Information

The registration portal opened on December 1st. For more information on registration visit the 2013 renewal information page. For information on how to log in to the portal and for other frequently asked questions see the renewal FAQ page.

All members whether HSBA Licensed members [ACTIVE: Active, Government or Judge or INACTIVE-Voluntary/Pro Bono] or Non HSBA Licensed members [Pro Hac-Vice, Affiliate or Foreign Law Consultant] must provide all information required for renewal registration. As a reminder: To avoid delay or unnecessary assessment fees, completed forms and payment must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 31, 2012 or must be electronically transmitted no later than 12 midnight, December 31, 2012.

If you are planning to change status for the year 2012, the 2013 online registration form should not be used. Instead, contact Ms. Liberty Castillo in the HSBA membership department directly to change your status at

HSBA members made a good showing at the 24th Annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) annual conference in mid-November. A conference which started out over two decades ago with a couple hundred attendees garnered 1800 attendees this November in Washington, D.C. The conference offers not only valuable learning opportunities in legal practice areas, leadership development, and civil rights but amazing networking opportunities, being a collegial convening of Asian-American, Pacific Islander and South Asian judges, lawyers, in-house counsel and law students. Hawai`i attendees included Justice Sabrina McKenna, Chief US District Judge Susan Mollway, US District Judge Leslie Kobayashi, Attorney General David Louie, U.S. District Judge nominee Derrick Watson and lawyers Curtis Ching, Keith Lee, Craig Nakanishi, Leighton Oshima, Ed Saffery, Harry Yee, and Louise Ing.