HSBA Young Lawyers Division

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 [email protected] with questions, comments, or suggestions. Feel free to join us at our monthly meetings. 

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. 

YLD President's Message
Kelcie Nagata
(February 2024)

The 2024 High School Mock Trial Competition is currently underway. This year, teams from all judicial districts are competing in a hybrid competition (in-person and virtual). The Mock Trial problem this year is entitled The Pahala Chapter of Friends of `Alala v. Zenopharma, Inc. We are so proud of the schools that are competing and are excited to see the competition season unfold. The winner of the competition will represent Hawaii at the National Mock Trial Competition in May.

I, along with the Mock Trial Committee, have been blown away by the volunteer response from all of you. We are so grateful to have such a supportive community! I would also like to extend YLD’s sincere gratitude to the numerous judges and practitioners who have volunteered their time and/or courtrooms for this weekly competition.

Legal Lines is YLD’s year-around project where volunteer attorneys answer phone calls from the community, every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., to provide legal information. Thank you to Jarrett Dempsey, Christopher Han, Amber Alualu, and Lucy Brown for volunteering during the month of February. We are always looking for volunteers to staff the lines. If you are interested in volunteering, or want more information, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Thank you so very much to those who have volunteered and are scheduled to volunteer! YLD’s programs would not be successful without volunteers like you.

Get involved! I strongly encourage members to become actively involved in the YLD by participating in our projects and programs that will be hosted throughout the year and by sharing your ideas with us – we want to hear from you! Also, please follow the YLD on social for up-to-date information – in addition to our website, we are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also contact me or any current YLD Board member to learn more about getting involved or reach out to us via email for more information.


2024 YLD Board of Officers and Directors

PositionFull NameTerm StartTerm End
PresidentKelcie Kiyomi Nagata1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Vice PresidentChad Ken Lee Au1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
SecretaryDanica Lee Swenson1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
TreasurerAmberlynn Otara Alualu1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuLucy Elizabeth Brown1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuDaylin-Rose H Y L G Heather1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuRaven Julia Sevilleja1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - East HawaiiIan Robert Wesley-Smith1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - MauiFrank Moe Loyd, Jr.1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - KauaiTyler Christian Saito1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuChristopher Tong-Nyong Han1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuJacob Troy Tokunaga1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuLauren Keiko Watanabe1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuKylie Iwalani Takafuji1/1/2024 12:00:00 AM12/31/2025 12:00:00 AM
Director - OahuJarrett Dempsey1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM12/31/2024 12:00:00 AM

Annual Projects

How to Volunteer or Get Involved

We invite and encourage members to take an active role in Young Lawyers Division!

By-Laws of the YLD

View the YLD By-Laws here.