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Family Separations At the Border (LIVE)

Family Separations At the Border (LIVE)

Family Separations at the Border: What's Happened, What's Happening, and What Happens Next

Attendance in person is encouraged, but if you need to attend via LIVE WEBCAST, please click here.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: HSBA Main Conference Room, 1100 Alakea Street, 10th Floor

 This seminar qualifies for 1 CLE Credit

$35 HSBA Members (LIVE)
$45 Non-HSBA Member (LIVE)
Register Early! As always, space is limited.

Cancellation/Refunds: Cancellation requests must be received (in writing to cle@hsba.org or mail) by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 for a full refund. There will be no refunds for No-Shows. 

Since earlier this year the United States government has been separating families who seek asylum in the US by crossing the border illegally. Parents have been split from their children, the children labeled “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government custody or foster care, the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit earlier this year to stop family separation and to require the immediate reunion of all separated children and parents. On June 29, a federal judge issued a national injunction in that class-action lawsuit, requiring the reunification of thousands.

But according to recent reports, the Trump administration has separated more families at the US-Mexico border than it has previously admitted — including untold numbers that were never officially counted as “separations” because Border Patrol agents claimed the people they were separating weren’t actually families.

This CLE will discuss how we got here, how some of the issues have been litigated, and what’s coming next. The speakers will include:

  • Joshua Wisch, Executive Director of the ACLU of Hawai'i
  • Ronette Kawakami, Associate Dean for Student Services at the William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Beatriz Cantelmo, Chair of the Amnesty International Hawai'i Chapter
  • Andres Tobar, 3L at the William S. Richardson School of Law


Joshua Wisch is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i and has over fifteen years of cross-sector experience in Hawai‘i, including serving in multiple leadership roles in state and federal government, nonprofits, political campaigns, and as a private-sector attorney. Josh earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives on Oahu with his wife, Malia.

Ronette Kawakami is Associate Dean for Student Services, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai?i at Manoa, and an alumna, ?85. “Dean K” is a former Deputy Public Defender, and served as both a trial attorney and supervisor of the appellate and felony trial divisions. She is also a former Director and Secretary for the Hawai?i State Bar Association, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Hawai?i Judicial Selection Commission. 

Beatriz Cantelmo is the chair of Amnesty International Hawaii Chapter and a legal researcher with the Cary Virtue Law Office. She is a servant leader whose life legacy is to serve as a bridge and to support a more equitable, compassionate and humane society- one community at a time. She has served as Chair of Amnesty International Hawaii Chapter since 2015. She is also a Legal Researcher at Cary Virtue Law office, where she provides legal research and case preparation assistance for trials and court proceedings pertaining to private, State and Federal court appointed criminal defense cases. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Community Program of University of Wisconsin Madison and holds a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bea is a Brazilian and an Italian National. 

Bradley Tamm was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.  Prior to this appointment, he served as General Counsel ("Board Counsel") to the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court from 2012 to 2018; and prior to that served as a member of the Disciplinary Board, and its Executive Committee from 2006 to 2012. 

In addition to his service with the Disciplinary Board, Mr. Tamm's private practice has been primarily limited to federal bankruptcy law since 1997, representing consumer debtors until 2005, and after that serving as attorney and counsel to Chapter 7 panel Trustees and the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee. Mr. Tamm also gives back to his community by committing his free time to Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, providing consultation and assistance with pro bono chapter 7 bankruptcy clients.   

A 1991 graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Mr. Tamm is also admitted (on inactive status) in California; admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for Hawaii, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, as well as the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Tax Court.

Andres Tobar is a third-year law student at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai?i at Manoa, and is currently on the Jessup Moot Court team. He worked with ACLU Hawai?i as a recipient of the Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) his 1L year, and then for international human rights work in Argentina his 2L year as a Sam L. Cohen Fellow. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Anthropology and Rhetoric.

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