2013-2014 Annual Bar Directory Photo Deadline:

The deadline for members to update their Bar Directory photo and/or submit updated business information for the 2013-2014 Annual HSBA Directory is Thursday, May 30. For members requesting a change of photo, upload a preferred photo for the Bar Directory at http://hsba.org/Bar_Directory.aspx by the deadline. It is recommended that members submit a quality photo for this purpose. Please check your business information at www.myhsba.org and if you wish to change your business information for the 2013-2014 Bar Directory email the membership department at lcastillo@hsba.org by May 30.

As a reminder, the annual directory of the HSBA is published by Grass Shack Productions. Directories will be sent to active members residing in Hawaii who indicated this preference during the 2013 renewal period. For inactive members and all members who reside outside of Hawaii, CD-ROM versions will be sent.

Congratulations 2013 HSBA Leadership Institute Fellows!

View the 2013 Leadership Institute class announcement flyer of the HSBA members who were selected for the 5th Annual Leadership Institute.

A Message from President Craig P. Wagnild:


Three things to talk to you about this month: a great event, a thank you, and some medicine. Let's start with the great event.

I am excited to announce that the HSBA annual fundraiser dinner will be sponsored this year by the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, and will take place on August 24, 2013 at the Hawaii Convention Center's Rooftop Ballroom. Robbie and Cindy Alm have graciously agreed to co-chair this year’s dinner and so many of our HSBA leaders and members have volunteered to help out that this promises to be an unforgettable evening. The theme for this year’s dinner is "The Spirit of ALOHA" and the dinner will honor the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye and retired Senator Daniel K. Akaka. If you have not already done so, please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Consider this my personal invitation and request. It will be a wonderful event and one that I hope you will not miss.

This year would have marked the 60th year of Senator Inouye's membership in the Hawaii State Bar Association. We are grateful that we are able to honor the life and legacy of Senator Inouye. As a national hero and leader, Senator Inouye served the nation honorably and courageously. Through the years, he gave many generations of Hawaii attorneys a chance to serve in Washington D.C. and instilled in these fortunate individuals his deep sense of pride in public service, high standards of work ethic, and respect for the law.

While not a member of the HSBA, Senator Akaka's contributions to our state as a Congressman in the United States House of Representatives and as a three-term U.S. Senator are immeasurable. As a U.S. Army veteran and former educator and public school administrator, he embodies the HSBA's goal of civility in the pursuit of justice and fairness. We acknowledge both senators for their contributions to Hawaii and our Nation.

I anticipate that many of our neighbor island members will want to attend this event, and I know that doing so poses a financial burden far beyond just buying a ticket or table for the dinner. For this reason, this year we will be offering neighbor island members a special event ticket price and we look forward to seeing you here and enjoying the evening with you. This year’s dinner will benefit the Supreme Court Oral Argument Project by helping to fund the HSBA’s assistance to private and public school students attending oral arguments similar to the events the Court has held at Farrington High School and on Maui. Oral arguments hearings are being planned for Hilo, Kona, and Kauai by the Chief Justice and the Court. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the HSBA annual dinner will be used to provide financial assistance to legal service providers for their respective access to justice projects in our communities.

Second, Law Week wrapped up a little over a week ago with volunteers manning free legal clinics at locations in communities all over Oahu and each of our Neighbor Islands. Many of our attorneys gave of their time and expertise to attend these clinics and meet with people to provide free legal information regarding issues that include bankruptcy, divorce, child custody, elder care, employment law, real property and probate matters. The HSBA Young Lawyers Division, led by Jeffrey Kent, sponsors Law Week and coordinates all the activities that week which includes the free legal clinics and Action Line. Action Line is a call in legal information service where attorneys volunteer their time to help answer legal questions from the general public regarding different topics. The topics are different each day and this year, Action Line covered: Consumer Protection/Bankruptcy/Foreclosure (Monday); Family Law/Custody/Divorce (Tuesday); Estate Planning/Elder Law (Wednesday); Employment Law/Worker’s Comp/Wrongful Termination (Thursday); and Property Law/Landlord-Tenant (Friday).

On behalf of all of us at the HSBA, allow me to extend a great thank you to the YLD and all of those involved in making this year's Law Week activities such a success. And this thank you also extends to all of those who volunteered their time to man the legal clinics and Action Line. Your time and your effort, one-on-one with people, many of whom may have never had a conversation with a real attorney, helps demonstrate who we are and the good that we can do in our communities. I hope that you feel the experience was meaningful and maybe even enjoyable. And I hope that you encourage others to volunteer a bit of their time when these opportunities arise. A little bit of time by each of us makes an extraordinary difference.

Finally, you are going to have to take a bit of medicine. You, and I am using that term loosely as I know this will not apply to all of our members, failed on something. You didn’t get back to me when I asked for your comments on certain proposed rule changes. In particular, the Supreme Court is seeking to amend Rules 11 and 17 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, which rule changes relate to the management of client funds and client trust accounts. When we asked for your review and comment, you said nothing. Not one comment, suggestion, proposed revision, or indication of concern. Zero. Not one letter, email, text, tweet, Facebook message, or Instagram photo. So, the HSBA Board, as your representatives, responded to the Supreme Court by the stated deadline and indicated that we had received no comment and took no position. It was only after the deadline and our response that I started hearing from attorneys and groups of our members that there are real concerns about these proposed rule changes. Many of you have or are trying to send comments and letters directly to the Judiciary now, and I encourage anyone with concerns to do so. However, by failing to get us your comments and concerns in time, we as an organization missed the opportunity to comment directly and to meaningfully respond as the Bar to the Supreme Court's request. That is unfortunate, particularly on something as important as a change in the rules governing our obligations relating to client funds.

Read the full message here.

A Message from YLD President Jeff Kent:


I'd like to thank all the volunteers for another successful law week. We were able to host walk-up law clinics throughout the state and partner with KHON's Action Line to provide legal information to those in need. In the past three years that I have been serving on the YLD it has always amazed me that so many of our attorneys in the HSBA generously give their time to serve the community.

In somewhat bittersweet news I will be stepping down as president of the YLD because my wife and I are relocating. Thank you to the YLD board and HSBA for this great opportunity and best of luck to incoming president Malcolm Barcarse.

Jeff Kent


May 20
Appellate Section Meeting

May 23
HSBA Board Meeting

May 29
Goverment Lawyers Section e-Discovery Seminar

May 30
Deadline to Update Bar Directory Photo/Address

May 31
Deadline to Apply: Basic Legal Staff Training

Expansion of Service at the Access to Justice Room

The HSBA Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee is pleased to announce the expansion of service at the Access to Justice Room located at Honolulu District Court. The Access to Justice Room is currently open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is staffed by volunteer attorneys (with the assistance of paralegals and law students) who provide free legal advice to the public regarding certain District Court matters. Since opening the Access to Justice Room in August of 2012, public response to the Access to Justice Room services has been substantial. Due to the large demand and the generous commitment by so many attorneys and other volunteers, the Access to Justice Room will expand service to the first and third Fridays of each month, also from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rex Fujichaku via email.

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

Annual Bar Convention & Annual Meeting
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village.
View the Save the Date flyer. Detailed information to be made available soon.

2013 Spring Conference Acknowledgements

Thank you to the attendees, volunteers, speakers, and exhibitors that participated in this year's Spring Conference at the Honolulu Country Club. The HSBA would like to acknowledge the following exhibitors:

PSH Insurance, Clio, Access, Thompson Reuters, ABA Retirement, Marsh, and Wealth Strategy Partners.

HSBA Family Connections

This month's interview features Joseph T. Toma and daughter Sonya Toma of Joseph T. Toma Attorney at Law on Maui. Read the entire feature on the HSBA website.

Have a HSBA family you would like to recommend for this feature? Email Lynn Shizumura at lshizumura@hsba.org.

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.

Upcoming SCD Coffee Hour on "The Perks and Perils of Social Networking for Lawyers"

The next SCD coffee hour will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the HSBA Conference Room. This informational session is free to HSBA members. Please note: the HSBA does not provide parking validation. For more information on the upcoming coffee hour and to sign up to watch as a live webcast view the program flyer. To RSVP email Brian Simon at bsimon@hsba.org.

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 MCPE 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.

U.S. District Court Law Library Relocation Announcement

The library of the U.S. Courts will be undergoing renovation and will be relocated to a temporary "swing space" until the construction is completed. The move is scheduled for May 20th - June 3rd, with library staff remaining in our current space in C-341 through May 28th.

On May 29th, staff is scheduled to move to room 2418, on the second floor of the Federal building. Members can access our library in our swing space from May 29th through January 2014. Our Bar access hours will remain the same: 8am - 2pm.

Please note that half of the library will be packed in boxes, however the other half that includes highly used materials, such as Hawaii legislative history sources, will be moved 'shelf to shelf' and will still be available.

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 major categories of law: Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Family, Criminal Law and more. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31.

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.

Member Benefit Corner - Savings and Special Offers:

First Hawaiian Bank: HSBA members are eligible for these special banking offers from First Hawaiian Bank: Totally free checking with direct deposit with complimentary tool kit, 50% off safe deposit box, and free online banking plus 12 months of free bill payment. Restrictions apply. See the flyer for more information. Offer expires May 31, 2013.

Central Pacific Bank is pleased to offer HSBA members exclusive status as a client of the Specialized Markets team. This team specializes in servicing specific industries and works in partnership with clients to help them succeed by combining financial expertise with industry knowledge and insights. Plus, HSBA members receive expedited IOLTA account processing and a bonus for opening an Exceptional Checking account. View the flyer for details.

Bank of Hawaii: Bankoh, 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.