Welcome to the Young Lawyer's Division Webpage

About Us


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.

The YLD aims to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, to promote camaraderie among members, and to equip members with the skills 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 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.

- Addison Bonner, HSBA YLD President


  • 2020 Mock Trial Program
  • Now seeking volunteer attorneys for the High School Mock Trial program Jan 28 – March 3 at the Circuit court. Please email yldmocktrial@gmail.com or call 808-537-1868 to volunteer.
  • Legal Lines – Every Wednesday from 6-7PM. Call 808-537-1868





YLD is always looking for project volunteers for these projects: Legal Lines, Junior Judges, Mock Trial, and Law Week)  . E-mail us at yldhawaii@gmail.com






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

Our Projects/Committees


  • Social Networking & Media
  • YLD Socials
  • Member Services & Development


Social Networking & Media 2019 Chair: Daniel J. Padilla

Description: YLD Directors coordinate YLD social media platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. At least one member of the Social NetworkingCommittee is expected to attend YLD events to provide timely information to YLD’s social network.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Marissa Y. Agena
  • Michelle Ching
  • Summer H. Kaiawe



YLD Socials 2019 Chair: Cameron Holm

Description: YLD Directors coordinate and schedule various gatherings and

networking opportunities for HSBA members to help promote camaraderie and civility.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Christilei Hessler
  • Kelden Waltjen
  • Christopher St. Sure
  • Summer H. Kaiawe


Member Services & Development 2019 Chair: Summer H. Kaiawe

Description: YLD Directors coordinate professional legal and personal development opportunities to help enrich HSBA members both in their professional careers and personal lives.

Timeframe: January 2019 – December 2019, ongoing basis.

2019 Committee Members:

  • Summer H. Kaiawe

2020 YLD Board

PositionFull NameEmployer
PresidentChristopher Paul St. SureGoodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP
Vice PresidentJasmine Nicole Yin Wun WongHawaiian Electric Co., Inc.
SecretaryNelisa Kalaupapahiwa Mariko AsatoMatson Navigation Co., Inc.
TreasurerLeo Yosuke ShimizuPorter McGuire Kiakona, LLP
Director - KauaiRenee Catherine ArndtOff. of the Public Defender
Director - West HawaiiNicole K. BowmanOff. of the Prosecuting Attorney
Director - East HawaiiShawn Hisako YamadaCarlsmith Ball LLP
Director - OahuRyan K.P. KanakaoleDept. of the Attorney General
Director - MauiKristen Catherine Spees MarchelloKristen Spees Marchello, Attorney at Law
Director - OahuSabrina M. KawanaGordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Director - OahuMallory Teruko MartinCades Schutte LLP
Director - OahuLisa Malia YangWatanabe Ing LLP
Director - OahuJason Kenji AdaniyaCase Lombardi & Pettit
Director - OahuMatthew Bradley WeyerAttorney At Law
Director - OahuKelcie Kiyomi NagataBronster Fujichaku Robbins, A Law Corp.
Director - OahuTaylor Wyatt GrayPorter McGuire Kiakona, LLP

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.