Presidents' Messages


July 2019

Maintaining the Vibrancy of the HSBA

Fittingly as we head into summer, a time of year for us to be active and energetic, two initiatives are well under way aiming to promote and maintain the vibrancy of the HSBA as an organization and the vitality of our individual members.

Earlier this year, I reported on the 2019 National Conference of Bar Presidents Midyear Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 2019 ABA Midyear Conference. A key takeaway from the conference was that bar associations, particularly the unified bar associations like our HSBA, are evaluating and assessing their proper work and the value they provide to their membership. I also mentioned the 2019 Western States Bar Conference and the inspirational insights of attendees in a provocative session, "Integrated Bars: Is the Well-Being of the Current Structure at Risk?"

Thus, for our HSBA, the Board of Directors approved the formation of a Working Group tasked with evaluating the core value of the HSBA and developing a framework for an organizational plan to ensure that attorneys find their HSBA membership to be meaningful and vital. Towards this goal, the Working Group recently developed and will soon distribute a membership survey designed to gather frank input and duly inform the group of our members’ assessment of the benefits, services and activities provided by the HSBA; evaluation of the priorities of the HSBA; and comments and suggestions for improvements to be made by the HSBA, among other information. Please consider these matters in preparation for your response. Member response to the survey is essential to the efforts of the Working Group and we thank you in advance for your reply and participation in this endeavor.

As important, an undertaking now underway is to support and promote the vitality of each of our members. The theme of the 2019 WSBC was attorney well-being, and I also previously mentioned the Judiciary’s formation of the Hawaiʻi Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being co chaired by Justice Sabrina McKenna and Louise Ing. The Task Force has also recently convened and is well on its way towards meeting its purpose of reviewing the recommendations of the National Task Force’s August 2017 report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change;” assessing which recommendations in the report can be implemented to address our Hawaiʻi legal community; and coming up with proposals for implementation of these recommendations. Likewise, please be on the lookout for information about the Task Force and its work, as attorney well-being is essential to the healthy delivery of competent legal services by our members and to ensure that our members thrive in their daily practice of law. 

- Derek R. Kobayashi, HSBA President

Community Programs

• Junior Judges

The YLD’s Junior Judges volunteer program is scheduled for the week of October 21, 2019 at elementary schools (grades 4-6) throughout the state. Volunteers will receive present a locally produced DVD featuring skits depicting issues such as bullying, theft, cheating, and suggested Q&A to discuss with students how to make good decisions when faced with these issues. Please contact yldhawaii@gmail.com to volunteer.

• Legal Lines

Thank you to our July Legal Lines sponsor, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP! We appreciate M4’s longstanding support of legal lines program. Special thanks Catherine A. Taschner, Jordan Inafuku, Kevin Tongg, Kelsey Yamaguchi, Miyoko Petit-Toledo, Sabrina Kawana, and Bryan Chee for generously volunteering your time!

Well-Being

• Barre Class at Sweat + Soul, July 21, 2019

Limited space still available! YLD members are invited to attend a FREE private barre class at Sweat + Soul in Kakaako on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Space is limited to 20 members. Sweat + Soul’s carefully curated barre classes help you build strength, improve flexibility and posture, and connect with your core. Contact skaiawe@wik.com to sign up.

Other Opportunities

Have a request, idea, or opportunity that you’d like to share? Contact me or any YLD officer/director to discuss.

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- Summer H. Kaiawe, HSBA YLD President