Implicit Bias in Hawaii’s Legal System (REC)

Implicit Bias in Hawaii’s Legal System (REC)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Speakers: Tawnee Sakima, Ashford & Wriston & Scott Schmidtke, The Law Offices of John Schmidtke, Jr.

Implicit Bias in Hawaii’s Legal System—Are We Different From the Mainland?

This program is a recording of the Live Seminar held on November 6, 2020. 
If you attended the live webcast via zoom program; You cannot claim CLE for watching this recorded program.  

In this CLE, presenters will provide an overview of the field of Implicit Bias- what it is and how it differs from other types of biases, and then examine the different ways Implicit Bias affects the legal system. The presentation will focus specifically on Hawaii’s legal system (criminal, civil, legislative, and administrative) and presenters will challenge participants to consider what steps can be taken—individually and collectively—to overcome the ways our implicit biases limit liberty and justice for all. 


Tawnee E. Sakima, 
Ashford & Wriston
Tawnee Sakima, an associate with Ashford & Wriston, was admitted to the Hawaii bar in 2014 and joined the firm in 2018.

Tawnee is an associate in the firm’s Family Law department.  She is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of Hawaii and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. 

Tawnee is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

Prior to joining the firm, Tawnee served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Randal K.O. Lee of the First Circuit Court, from August 2014 to April 2015. 

Tawnee was also a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu for over two years.  As a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, she specialized in prosecuting domestic violence felonies and representing victims of domestic violence.

During law school, Tawnee worked at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and represented clients at the Child Support Enforcement Agency administrative hearings.  Tawnee also externed at the Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Division.