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2019 YLD Board Priority is Member Development

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is a member benefit organization and aims to serve as a launching pad for members, providing programs and tools for our members to grow and thrive!  Throughout the year, the YLD hosts member benefit programs, such as CLEs and socials, covering topics of interest to members.  These programs are driven by the needs and interests of our members, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas.  We want to hear from you.  We also understand that members enjoy giving back to their communities.  To this end, the YLD also hosts valued community service programs benefiting our communities across the state, such as Law Week, Junior Judges, and Legal Lines.  I look forward to working with you this year. 

  - Summer H. Kaiawe, YLD President

Bottom Row (left to right): Bryan Chee, Christilei Hessler, Michi Momose, Daniel Padilla, Marissa Agena, Laura Cushman, and Kelden Waltjen
Top Row (left to right): Addison Bonner, Michelle Ching, Kyleigh Nakasone, Christopher St. Sure, Cameron Holm, and Katherine Lukela
Not pictured: Summer H. Kaiawe, Elaine Chow, and Jamil Newirth.



About Us 

Membership in the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is automatic for all HSBA members until the end of the calendar year in which you turn 36 years old or if you have been in practice less than five years anywhere. See our Bylaws for more information. 

As a member benefit organization, the YLD aims to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, to promote camaraderie among members, and to equip members with the skills necessary to grow, thrive, and promote the public welfare.  We invite and encourage members to take an active role in the YLD!  Contact us at yldhawaii@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions.  Feel free to join us at our monthly meetings.  See our current meeting schedule .

The YLD is a proud affiliate of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA).  For more information regarding the ABA YLD activities and resources, see the ABA YLD website.

 

Our Projects


1.     Hawaii High School Mock Trial Program
    •  Timeframe: June 2018-December 2018: Planning Stage; January-March 2019,
       Competitions.
       Competitions will be held as follows:

 

Round 1: January 29, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Round 2:  February 5, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Round 3: February 12, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Round 4: February 19, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Round 5: February 26, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Tie-Breaker Round, if needed: March 5, 2019 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.;

Semi-finals/Finals: March 9, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;

Nationals: May 16-19, 2019 in Athens, Georgia.


     •  Description: Volunteer attorneys coach high school mock trial teams as they prepare
        to take a case from start to finish.  The program culminates in mock trial competitions
        between schools and a State Championship at the Hawaii Supreme Court.
     •  
2019 Chair: Addison D. Bonner
     •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Katherine M. M. Lukela

o   Michi Momose

o   Christilei Hessler

o   Christopher St. Sure

o   Kyleigh F. Nakasone

o   Elaine Chow

o   Michelle Ching

o   Summer H. Kaiawe


2.     
Legal Lines
    •  Timeframe: January 2019– December 2019, weekly basis.
    •  
Description: Every Wednesday evening between the hours of 6 pm – 7 pm, volunteer
       attorneys answer questions from the public concerning various legal topics and
       provide helpful legal information.
    •  
2019 Chair: Bryan Chee
    •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Christilei Hessler

o   Summer H. Kaiawe


3.     
Social Networking/Media
    •  Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.  
    •  
Description: YLD Directors coordinate YLD social media platforms, which include
       Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  At least one member of the Social Networking
       Committee is expected to attend YLD events to provide timely information to
        YLD’s social network.
    •  
2019 Chair: Daniel J. Padilla
    •  
2019 Committee Members:
                  
o   Marissa Y. Agena
                  
o   Michelle Ching
                  
o   Summer H. Kaiawe


4.     YLD Socials
    •  Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis. 
    •  
Description:  YLD Directors coordinate and schedule various gatherings and
       networking opportunities for HSBA members to help promote camaraderie and civility.
    •  
2019 Chair: Cameron Holm
    •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Christilei Hessler

o   Kelden Waltjen 

o   Christopher St. Sure

o   Summer H. Kaiawe


5.     Law Week
    •  
Law Week 2019 is confirmed for May 6-12, 2019.  During Law Week, volunteer attorneys
        will be featured on KHON’s Take 2 morning show and KHON2 Action Line to share legal
        information regarding the following topics: 

        - 
Monday, May 6:  Bankruptcy
        - 
Tuesday, May 7:   Landlord Tenant
        - 
Wednesday, May 8:   Traffic Court and Motor Vehicle Citations
        - 
Thursday, May 9:  Trusts, Estate, and Probate
        - 
Friday, May 10:  Family Law

     
Law Week culminates in our state wide pop-up legal clinics on May 10-12. Stay tuned
     for more information on legal clinic locations.  Contact Law Week committee chair
     Kyleigh Nakasone for more information and to sign up.    

    •  2019 Chair: Kyleigh F. Nakasone
    •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Katherine M. M. Lukela

o   Christilei Hessler

o   Christopher St. Sure

o   Kelden Waltjen 

o   Michelle Ching 

o   Laura Cushman

o   Marissa Y. Agena

o   Jamil Newirth

o   Summer H. Kaiawe


6.     Junior Judges
    •  Timeframe: June 2019-September 2019: Planning Stage; October 2019: Event.
    •  
Description: Volunteer attorneys go to 3rd-4th grade classrooms to talk with students
       about the various daily pressures and challenges they face and how to become
       more conscious about making good and ethical decisions in life.  A video tape that
       addresses such topics as bullying, stealing and drug use and how to make the right
       decisions concerning those issues is provided to volunteer attorneys.
    •  
2019 Chair: Daniel J. Padilla
    •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Kyleigh F. Nakasone

o   Katherine M. M. Lukela

o   Christopher St. Sure

o   Michi Momose

o   Kelden Waltjen 

o   Laura Cushman

o   Marissa Y. Agena

o   Jamil Newirth

o   Summer H. Kaiawe

7.     Member Services & Development
     •  
Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.
     •  
Description: YLD Directors coordinate professional legal and personal development
        opportunities to help enrich HSBA members both in their professional careers and
        personal lives. 
     •  
2019 Chair: Cameron Holm
     •  
2019 Committee Members:

o   Summer H. Kaiawe


Contact Us

We invite and encourage members to take an active role in the YLD!  Contact us at yldhawaii@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

2019 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentSummer Hulali Miriam KaiaweWatanabe Ing LLP
Vice PresidentAddison Dale BonnerHosoda & Bonner, LLLC
SecretaryKyleigh Frances Keiko NakasoneThe Pacific Law Group
TreasurerKatherine Mie Mele LukelaKleintop & Luria, LLP
Director - East HawaiiKelden Braun Akoni WaltjenOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - OahuMichi MomoseCades Schutte LLP
Director - KauaiMarissa Yukiko AgenaOff. of the Public Defender
Director - OahuElaine Ting ChowKlevansky Piper, LLP
Director - OahuCameron Toshio HolmLaw Off. of Allen M. Kaneshiro
Director - OahuMichelle Kyong Yae ChingLaw Off. of Michelle K. Ching LLLC
Director - OahuBryan Wo Hop CheeSettle Meyer Law
Director - West HawaiiLaura Lynne CushmanLegal Aid Society of Hawaii
Director - OahuChristopher Paul St. SureGoodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
Director - MauiJamil Dwight NewirthR. Clay Sutherland, A Law Corporation
Director - OahuChristilei Healani Cecilia HesslerSumida Au & Wong, LLLC
Director - OahuDaniel Joseph PadillaCarlsmith Ball LLP

2019 Board Meetings

2019 Board Meeting Dates