Jeffrey H.K. Sia  

HSBA President  

Aloha Members!

Our Bar convention and Annual Meeting are coming up in just over a month, and I encourage you to register now! This year the Bar is offering a number of exciting CLE programs as well as our fascinating keynote speaker Professor Neal Katyal who will speak on his research and observations on "Judicial Independence and the Founding Fathers: A Look at the Roberts Court."

We will also announce the HSBA and YLD Election results and present our Annual Awards. This promises to be an exciting convention you won't want to miss. 

See below for the online Bar Convention brochure, a list of CLE programs and the registration form. I look forward to seeing you all there!

--- Jeff Sia



HSBA Election Information  

Participate in our new Q&A Bulletin Board with candidates for HSBA President-Elect and Vice President!  

Each week candidates will have a chance to answer YOUR QUESTIONS on our website. If you have questions for the candidates for HSBA President-Elect or Vice President, please send them to with “Q&A” in the subject line.  


Also Available:  

The HSBA Presidential Debates and Candidate Bios for all HSBA Board Candidates.  




2008 HSBA Annual Bar Convention    

Friday, October 24, 2008    

Hilton Hawaiian Village    







Neal Katyal, Keynote Address at the HSBA Luncheon

Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon, Address at the YLD Breakfast


CLE Programs:    

FULL DAY Programs    

Updated Real Estate Law Manual Volume One    

Family Law Update Program 2008    

Legal Professionals: Paralegal Procedures - Approaching Trial, Arbitration or Mediation    

MORNING Programs    

Current Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Law    

Update of the Hawaii Probate Forms Manual    

Regulation of Charitable Solicitation Practices in Hawaii    

The Limited Liability Company Workshop    

Law & Technology: Managing E-Mail, Information Technology and 60 More Tech Tips    

AFTERNOON Programs    

Human Resource Law for the Law Office Manual    

Protecting Intellectual Property in Innovative Industries    

Medical Malpractice: Stroke, Breast Cancer and Structured Settlements    

New Local Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court    




YLD News  




Jill M. Hasegawa, YLD President  

The Access to Justice Commission, which was created in May of this year by the new Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 21, announces that it has formed several committees to assist in carrying out its work.  

The memorandum adopted by the Commission to establish the committees, their charters and their initial members and chairs can be found on the HSBA website.  

The following substantive committees were established: Committee on Funding of Civil Legal Services, Committee on Increasing Pro Bono Legal Services, Committee on the Right to Counsel in Certain Civil Proceedings, Committee on Self-Representation and Unbundling, Committee on Maximizing Use of Available Resources, Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Access to Justice, Committee on Initiatives to Enhance Civil Justice, Committee on Education, Communications and Conference Planning, Committee on Alleviating Poverty in Hawaii, and Law School Liason Committee.  

If you’re interested in serving on one of these committees, please express your interest and provide a resume to Justice Simeon Acoba, Chair of the Commission, at or by mail to: The Honorable Simeon R. Acoba, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.   

The Commission is considering in particular adding members at this time to the Committee on the Right to Counsel in Certain Civil Proceedings, the Committee on Maximizing Use of Available Resources, the Committee on Education, Communications and Conference Planning and the Law School Liaison Committee.  



Bench/Bar Conference  

November 14, 2008 at the Ala Moana Hotel  

Learn the “Seven Deadly Sins of Trial” by noted speaker Tom Vesper at the November 14th Bench-Bar Conference.  

It would easily cost over a thousand dollars to attend a seminar by Vesper anywhere else, but you can listen to and see him here for only $45 -- including lunch!   

Register now for the Bench-Bar Conference!  

Also watch for more information on his seminars “Depos for Dummies” CLE at the November 14, Bench/Bar Conference, and “Developing a Case Discovery Plan” on November 15.  






Petition for Judicial Retention  

The JSC has announced the names of several judges seeking retention. Comments are requested by October 14, 2008.

Notice of Retention.


Updates & Training Webinars  

New CASEMAKER Training Webinars are scheduled in October!  

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008  

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Your HSBA-sponsored online research engine has undergone updates and HSBA and CASEMAKER are pleased to present webinar training.  

Check out Casemaker at  

Simple CASEMAKER login instructions  






Associates' Bootcamp:

What They Don't Teach You in Law School  

It's not too late to register for the last two sessions!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008

Register Now! (PDF)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: HSBA Conference Room,
1132 Bishop St., Ste. 306

Co-sponsored with Vantage Counsel LLC (Greg Kim & Melissa Pavlicek).



Candidates for Judicial Selection Commission  
Candidates for the Judicial Selection Commission position to replace Rosemary Fazio in April of 2009 are James Bickerton, David Louie and John Nishimoto. Information will be available on the HSBA website soon,



The Complete Lawyer:  

The Brave New World Of Associates  

“Employability security”—it’s what matters to today’s associates, and you’ll learn why in the September/October edition of The Complete Lawyer.  

Because of the instability among law firms today and the trend toward promoting fewer associates to partnership, associates have no illusions of job security. In this issue, you’ll read about some mutually beneficial skills and practices that associates and firm management can deploy:  

- Law Practice Has Changed—Associate Development Hasn’t  
- 2007 Update On Associate Attrition  
- Young Attorneys Want To Change The Workplace—Not Settle  
- Associates Are Natural “User Innovators”








Pro-Bono Opportunities With  

The Judiciary  

Looking for ways to accomplish your goal of 50 pro bono hours, per HRPC 6.1?  The Judiciary offers a number of excellent volunteer opportunities for HSBA members.  

View the Judiciary volunteer listing on our website:  


Our member-access portal is now open! HSBA Members in good standing are now able to change CONTACT INFORMATION online by accessing  

Please log into the portal and add your area of specialty!  

You may change the following: published business address, telephone, fax, and email.  

To change your name or status, you must contact HSBA and comply with regulations regarding these items.  





HSBA’s Lawyer Referral Service  

Let the HSBA screen your clients and bring you referrals.  

Join the LRIS today! (Click for printable PDF)  




Photo Journal

The Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation Gala Dinner

"An Enchanted Evening"  


 Patricia Ohara and a regal-looking Mark Bennett at the HWLF dinner.

Avi Soifer and Marie Milks enjoying an "enchanted" meal.

 Rai Saint Chu, Hai Luen Leavitt, Jim Leavitt, Rich Turbin and Jim Bickerton.

Kate Lloyd and Hugh Jones share a laugh at the dinner.  











































































































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