The 2013 Hawaii State Bar Association Annual Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, August 24, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The dinner is being sponsored by the Hawaii State Bar Foundation (HSBF). Robbie and Cindy Alm are event co-chairs.

The dinner theme for this year is "The Spirit of Aloha" in honor of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and retired Senator Daniel K. Akaka. Both will be acknowledged at the dinner for their contributions to Hawaii and our nation.

Senator Inouye gave generations of Hawaii attorneys a chance to serve in Washington D.C. and instilled in these fortunate individuals his deep sense of commitment to public service, high standards of work ethic, and respect for the law. This year would have marked the 60th year of Senator Inouye’s membership in the Hawaii Bar.

Senator Akaka, while not a member of the HSBA, contributed immeasurably to our State as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as a U.S. Senator for more than two decades. As a U.S. Army veteran, an educator, and public school administrator, he embodies the HSBA's goal of civility in the pursuit of justice and fairness.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Supreme Court Oral Argument Project, which enables private and public school students to attend oral arguments of the Hawai’i Supreme Court, similar to the innovative oral arguments and question and answer forums that the Court held in 2012 at Farrington High School and Baldwin High School. Events are being planned for Hilo, Kona and Kauai by the Chief Justice and the Court.

Proceeds from the dinner will also be used to provide financial assistance to legal service providers for their respective projects and activities.

Join in on an exciting evening with a premium wine tasting event and special guest entertainment. Committed Silent Auction items to date include: local men's and women's designer fashions, artwork, vacation packages and a brand new 2013 car courtesy of Acura of Honolulu!

To register for this year's annual dinner, download the form and mail in by Friday, August 9, 2013. Please make checks payable to the Hawaii State Bar Foundation (HSBF) .

CLE Corner - Did You Know?

What's the Hawaii Continuing Legal Education Requirement for Attorneys?

Every active member of the Bar shall complete at least 3 credit hours per year of approved Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE).  MCPE Credits are continuing legal education credits given for courses/programs/seminars that cover certain qualifying professional education topics according to RSCH Rule 22(a).

The qualifying topics include:

  • Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Legal Ethics and Related Topics
  • Law Office Management
  • Client Trust Account Administration
  • Bias Awareness and Prevention
  • Access to Justice
  • Case and Client Management
  • Malpractice Insurance and Prevention

VCLE credits are continuing legal education credits for all other organized courses/programs/seminars with significant intellectual or practical content and deals with matters directly related to the practice of law.  Although VCLE is not mandatory, active members are encouraged to complete 9 or more credit hours per year of approved Voluntary Continuing Legal Education.

Please contact Debbie Blanton, MCLE Administrator at for MCLE related questions and concerns. 

A Message from President Craig P. Wagnild:

On Friday, June 7th, I had the pleasure of attending the Bar Admission Ceremony welcoming around 80 new attorneys to our ranks. The ceremony was held at the Hawai’i Supreme Court in Ali’iolani Hale which set a perfect stage for a ceremony marking the end of the law school and bar exam journey and the start of a career practicing law. The excitement, joy, relief and pride were almost palatable as family and friends crowded the standing-room only courtroom to witness the day their son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, aunty, uncle, mother, father, hanai family member or friend fulfilled a dream and entered into this highly respected and admired profession as a lawyer. It caused me to reflect on my experience becoming an attorney, and in particular how I saw the law and our role as representatives, counselors, and officers of the court.

Remember back when you passed the bar examination and were sworn in as an attorney and a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association? Remember back before the trials and tribulations of everyday law practice, when the law was new, and exciting, and you believed in your own unlimited potential to use your law license to help others and make significant, meaningful changes in the world? Remember back before the challenges of dealing with unreasonable clients, responding to aggressive adverse counsel, meeting unrealistic and seemingly arbitrary deadlines, and complying with all of the detailed rules and regulations governing how we practice law jaded your idealism and dreams? There was a time when the law was pure and the answers to every legal problem and issue seemed within reach, if only we were to spend the time and effort to find them. There was a time when we believed we could make a difference and we were determined to do so. Becoming a lawyer wasn’t just a means to an end. We didn’t do it just to make a living. We did it because we wanted to help others.

I had the honor of giving some remarks to these newest members of our Bar, and as I stood and looked out at the admittees and their families, I saw the same look in each of their eyes. They shown of pride in their accomplishments, but also anticipation of endless possibilities opened to them and the joy and excitement of starting that journey. There is respect, appreciation, and even admiration for our courts, judges, attorneys and all those engaged in the administration of justice and important role our legal system plays in a free and democratic government. And I wondered, as I finished my remarks by encouraging them to go out and make a difference, how long they will retain their optimism and excitement about the law and our profession. Truth is, it should never end.

For many of you it hasn’t, and because of you I am encouraged and inspired. For those that feel you have lost that sense of awe and respect for our profession and our role as attorneys, allow me to suggest a few things you might do that will help remind you what an incredibly important and meaningful position we play as attorneys in Hawaii.

1. Join a Section. If you are not already a member of an HSBA section, join one in your area of practice or an area of practice you are interested in. The sections and contact information for the section chairs are all listed on our website at: And here’s the trick – show up at the meetings. You will meet other lawyers, many of whom you may know, but many whom you may have not had the opportunity to meet, in a non-adversarial environment where you can share knowledge, experiences, insights and questions. If you are like me, you will make friends and build a network of attorneys that you can call on when something unusual arises and you want an opinion or a form from someone else.

2. Be a mentor. Share your knowledge, experience and expertise with young attorneys starting out in the profession. Many don’t know that the HSBA has a Mentoring Program already packaged and looking for mentors and mentees. Information on the Mentoring Program is available on our website at: However, you don’t have to join a formal program to be a mentor. Many of the attorneys who helped me when I started practice (and continue to help me when I get stumped) stepped up just by offering to have coffee and giving their number to call if I had questions. From that grew friendships and alliances that I value and that make the practice of law more enjoyable.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President Malcolm Barcarse Jr.:

I would like to start this column out by thanking our outgoing President Jeff Kent for his years of service to the Young Lawyers Division and wish him and his wife well on their move to Australia.

Over the next few months I will be updating you on the projects and events that the HSBA's Young Lawyers Division is working on. On Friday June 28th, the YLD in partnership with the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association will host a Professional Services Social at Pearl from 5:30-8:30 PM. This is a great way to network with young professionals from a variety of industries.

Please RSVP by June 24th at the following webpage. Hope to see you all there!


June 15
Mandatory Supreme Court Professionalism Course

June 17
Appellate Section Meeting

June 18
CLE Seminar: Direct Examination

June 20
Federal Bar Association Brownbag
CLE Seminar: Cross Examination

June 21
2013 Access to Justice Conference

June 25
Litigation Section Meeting
CLE Seminar: In Modern Litigation

June 27
HSBA Board Meeting
CLE Seminar: Closing Argument

June 28
Deadline for Written Comment on Judicial Nominees

Upcoming Continuing Legal Education Opportunities

Supreme Court Mandated Professionalism Course (June 2013)
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Location: William S. Richardson School of Law
4.5 MCPE
View the course flyer
In-Person Registration

Determining and Documenting the Nature of Each Client Relationship 
Date: Monday, July 8, 2013
Location: HSBA Conference Room
1.5 MCPE
View the program flyer
In-Person Registration
Live Webcast Registration

HSBA Family Connections

This month's interview features Christy P. Gray, an associate at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and mother of three-year-old triplet boys; and her mother, Donna M. Gray, a former criminal defense attorney for the Honolulu Office of the Federal Public Defender. Read the feature at the HSBA Family Connections page.

Nominations for HSBA Awards

Know of an unsung hero who is deserving of recognition? Nominate a colleague for an HSBA Award that will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon at the September 27th Bar Convention. See flyer for more details.

Maui County Bar Association's 21st Annual Scholarship Golf Tourney

This year's tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013. For more information and to register contact Tracy Jones at

Chief Justice Seeking Written Comments on Judicial Nominees

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking written comments on judicial nominees for one vacancy at the District Court of the First Circuit (island of O`ahu). The vacancy occurred when former District Judge Dean E. Ochiai was appointed to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

The names submitted for this position by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

James H. Ashford
Brian A. Costa
William M. Domingo
Todd W. Eddins
Ronette M. Kawakami
James S. Kawashima
Linda S. Martell

For information on how to submit comments visit this webpage.

2013 Hawaii Access to Justice Conference

The 2013 Hawaii Access to Justice Conference -- AND JUSTICE FOR ALL? -- sponsored by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Hawaii attorneys attending this event can receive three mandatory continuing professional education ("MCPE") credits, which will satisfy in full the yearly three credit requirement. This event is co-sponsored by the Hawaii Justice Foundation, HSBA, and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

For registration information visit the Access to Justice Conference webpage.

Increase to Recording Fee for Regular System and Land Court Documents

Effective July 1, 2013, there will be a $1 increase to the fee for all documents recorded in the Regular and Land Court Systems at the Bureau of Conveyances.

The fee to record documents in the Regular System will be $31 for the first 20 pages. The fee to record documents in the Land Court System will be $26 for the first 20 pages. The fee remains $25 for the issuance of a transfer certificate of title in Land Court. There will be no change to any other recording fees.

The $1 fee increase will be deposited into the State Archives Preservation and Long-Term Access special fund which will support long-term access to government records through the Department of Accounting and General Services, Archive division.

This increase is mandated by Act 88, 2013 Session Laws of Hawaii, which was signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie on May 31, 2013. A copy of Act 88 is available on the State of Hawaii Legislative website.

The Judiciary Seeking Candidates for Per Diem District Judges (5th Circuit)

The Judiciary, 5th Circuit, on the island of Kauai, is seeking candidates for Per Diem District Judges to serve on a per diem basis and as necessary to provide auxiliary judicial functions. For more information visit the HSBA Court News page.

Member Benefit Corner - Savings and Special Offers:

Hawaiian Airlines - HSBA members are eligible for a 5% off discount on all transpacific web fares. For reservations, log in using the blue benefits button at the top of the HSBA website and once logged in, click on the online booking tool link on the member benefits page. Note: you must be logged in to our website before you can access the online booking tool.

Go! Mokulele - 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, log in using the blue benefits button at the top of the HSBA website and once logged in, click on the online booking tool link on the member benefits page. Note: you must be logged in to the website before you can access the online booking tool.

If you're having trouble logging on to the website, please contact the HSBA at