Junior Judges

October 21-25, 2019

The Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association (“YLD”) is now accepting applications for their annual Junior Judges program. Volunteer attorneys visit 3rd, 4th & 5th grade classrooms statewide and help students to think about the challenges they face each day and how they can make ethical decisions when “feeling the pressure”.

As “Junior Judges” Participating Students Will:

  • Watch a video that presents the “mini-cases” of kids like them placed in challenging situations involving issues such as bullying, stealing, and drug use.

  • Analyze the facts of each case and decide what is the best way to handle each situation.

This year’s Junior Judges program will take place the week of October 21 to 25, 2019. The Junior Judges program is offered at no cost to schools.

The Program is:

  • Open to 3rd, 4th or 5th grade classes.

  • Teachers may select one hour during the week of Oct 21-25, 2019 (11AM – 1PM) or another 1-hour window

  • All students will receive a participation certificate

  • Classroom size limited to 60 students (multiple sessions recommended for more than 60)

The application packet is available here. The deadline to apply is September 6, 2019.

Are You Interested in Being a Volunteer Attorney?

YLD is looking for volunteer attorneys to make presentations at elementary schools across the state. A video, talking points and instructions are provided which make it easy for first time presenters.

Teachers, Administrators and Volunteer attorneys can contact Adrienne Hayashi of HSBA at (808) 792-7346 or [email protected], for additional information.

2019 Committee Members

2019 Chair: Daniel J. Padilla

2019 Committee Members:

  • Marissa Y. Agena
  • Laura Cushman
  • Summer H. Kaiawe
  • Katherine M. M. Lukela
  • Michi Momose
  • Kyleigh F. Nakasone
  • Jamil Newirth
  • Christopher St. Sure
  • JKelden Waltjen

Contact Us

For more information or to volunteer, contact us via email [email protected] or by phone (808) 792-7345.

ADA Accommodation available. Call 808-792-7346 or email [email protected]



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