A Message from HSBA President Craig P. Wagnild


There are so many great things already happening this year, I hardly know where to begin. Let me start by thanking so many of you that wrote to me after reading my January message with expressions of support and encouragement. I was somewhat overwhelmed by the reaction to my vision and goals for this year. One attorney wrote me and said, "I just read your message. I was nodding my head in agreement all the way through thinking 'Now this guy actually gets it!'…your vision as articulated in this message is spot on, refreshing, much needed, and appreciated." Many others wrote, called, and stopped me on the street to let me know that they appreciated and supported what we are doing and planning at the HSBA. It is hard not to feel motivated and excited when I see this kind of reaction and genuine interest in our profession and our Bar.

So let me share with you some of the things that have already happened and some that are in the works.

1. Fastcase. Yes, I know I mentioned this before. Fastcase is the HSBA’s new legal research tool provided as a benefit for all HSBA members. Have you checked it out yet? It is up, it is available to all Hawaii attorneys for free, and it is fantastic! Access is literally three mouse-clicks away – just start by going to HSBA.org and click on the Fastcase logo. You can also download apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone for quick legal research on the go. Fastcase has built over 30 unique Hawaii databases for our members, which include, among others: Hawaii court rules (including rules for the Family Court, Probate Court, District Court, Circuit Court, Traffic Court, Small Claims Court, and the Intermediate Court of Appeals), the County Codes for Hawaii County, Maui County, and the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Attorney General Opinions, OIP decisions, decisions of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Hawaii procedural rules, Hawaii Disciplinary Board Opinions, and Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board decisions. They are in one place, searchable, and you can cut-and-paste from them. President and co-founder of Fastcase Phil Rosenthal will be coming to Hawaii in a couple of weeks to personally provide training seminars to groups here on Oahu and on each of our neighbor islands. This research program is quite intuitive, but if you have the chance, sign up to attend one of the free training seminars and learn how to get the most out of Fastcase. You won’t regret it, and you can get one MCPE credit for attending.

2. Video-conferencing. What may have been impractical or prohibitively expensive before is now possible. One of the things our neighbor island members have requested for a number of years now is video-conferencing capabilities at the Bar so that members can attend Board, Committee, and even Section meetings “in virtual person.” Last month the HSBA Board set this as one of the four major goals to accomplish in 2013. We have now compared systems and services, tested cameras and headsets, and ordered the equipment and software needed to install video-conferencing in the main conference room of the HSBA. Members from Waianae to Waimea to Lihue will be able to connect with a laptop and a camera and attend meetings where they participate face-to-face with those in our conference room. We are hoping to have this up and running for our HSBA Board meeting later this month.

3. Civics Education. Our HSBA Civics Education Committee helped to sponsor Fred Korematsu Day on January 30, 2013 at the WWII Valor in the Pacific memorial at Pearl Harbor. Ruth Oh served on the Hawai’i Korematsu Day Committee and she, Ted Pettit, Carol Muranaka, and a number of other attorneys from the Civics Education Committee did a fantastic job of co-sponsoring the events, including arranging and hosting an informal meet and greet with Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, coordinating the screening of the film "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story", and sponsoring the other activities which included attendance by, among others, Wailua High School and Farrington High School students.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President Jeff Kent:


Have you gone through training to volunteer at the Judiciary's Access to Justice room yet?  It's pretty easy. If you work in a firm, you can coordinate with the HSBA and have the training occur at your office. In my case, I'm watching the training videos (about 3 hours total) in bite-sized pieces when I can schedule time. The HSBA is also looking into making the process easier to access for attorneys not in the downtown Honolulu area. Please contact Brian Simon at bsimon@hsba.org for more info.

Our current YLD project is the Hawai'i state mock trial competition. Students battling it out in courtrooms throughout the state.

Read the full message here.

2013 Basic Legal Staff Training and Certification Registration Form Available

The Basic Legal Staff Training and Certification Program for 2013 will run from June through September. Training is designed for Legal Support Staff covering all major categories of Law: Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Family, Criminal Law and more.

The Basic Legal Staff Training Course is based on the Basic Manual for Lawyer's Assistant 11th Edition, West Publishing. Classes meet Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a few Friday sessions from noon to 1 p.m. Students receive Certificate of Completion upon meeting attendance and course exam requirements. 

Classes are held at Hawaii State Bar Association Conference Room at 1100 Alakea Street Suite 1000. Course includes 36 hours of instruction, text & workbook for $400. Optional Certification Exam available for students for $50. For more information email egomez@hsba.org or call 792-7350. Webcast options available for Neighbor Island participants.

View and download the 2013 Program Registration Form.

Board Vacancies on LASH Board - Upcoming February 28 Deadline to Submit Resume & Letter

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will have five positions expiring on its Board.  Applicants should have affirmative interest in the organization; be willing and able to devote time to perform necessary duties; be conscientious, studious, thorough and diligent in learning methods and problems of the organization; support the delivery of quality legal services to the poor.

Board duties: governs LASH whose primary purpose is to secure justice for and protect rights of the needy and promote measures for their assistance.  3-year term beginning July 1, 2013. 

Anyone interested in serving in this capacity should submit to the HSBA Nominating Committee: a resume, reason for wanting to serve, and area of concentration.  Please note that these positions are uncompensated, and that applicants need to disclose all public disciplinary sanctions.  If there have been none, then state that such is the case. Please submit resume and letter to the HSBA Office by February 28, 2013. You may also submit a resume and letter via email to nominations@hsba.org. Appointment will be made at the HSBA Board meeting in June 2013.

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Learn more about the HSBA's LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE (LRIS) - The only game in town with nearly 40 years of Bar sponsorship. To sign up download the registration form or email LRIS@hsba.org.



Calendar of Events

February 19

- Corporate Counsel Section Lunch Meeting

February 22

- West Hawaii CLE Course on Legal Apps

February 25

- Appellate and Litigation Section Meeting

February 26

- Natural Resources Section Brownbag

February 28

- HSBA Board Meeting

- Deadline to Apply to LASH Board

HSBA Family Connections

This month's interview features Sidney K. Ayabe, managing partner at Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura, and daughters Lisa Ayabe, associate at Cades Schutte LLP and Sara Ayabe, legislative attorney for the House Majority Staff Office. Read the entire feature on the HSBA website. Have a HSBA family you would like to recommend for this feature? Email us at info@hsba.org.

Neighbor Island Upcoming CLE Course

"Legal Apps for Your iPad and iPhone" & "Data Forensics and E-Discovery Workflow" (3 MCPE)

Date: February 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: West Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua-Kona.
View the program flyer and In-Person Registration

Visit the CLE page for online webcasts and to order manuals.

Member Benefits Corner

Bank of Hawaii to Offer Banking Solutions to HSBA Members

Bank of Hawaii, recognizing that busy Hawaii lawyers sometimes need special attention and expedited banking services for themselves, their firms, for cases and for clients, has identified individual bankers who are ready, willing and able to provide the Hawaii State Bar Association and its members professional banking solutions. For questions and requests concerning banking services at Bank of Hawaii, call Naomi Masuno for business matters at 694-8332 and Amy Miller for consumer matters at 694-4716.

Judicial Selection Commission Accepting Nominations and Applications to Fill Judicial Vacancy

The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting nominations and applications to fill the following judicial vacancy in the State of Hawaii:

District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Applicants: The Commission invites anyone who meets the constitutional requirements and is interested in the position to apply directly to the Commission. Applicants are not required to be nominated. The application must be post-marked or delivered to the Judicial Selection Commission on or before the application deadline of Thursday, April 25, 2013.

View the press release for more information.