Yesterday, the Hawaii State Bar Association celebrated the end of is third year with special guest Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.
Chief Justice Recktenwald discussed the strides Hawaii has made in access to justice, and noted that the state was recently ranked in the top 5 in this category. The Chief Justice also praised the work of the many local attorneys, including members of the Appellate Section, who volunteered as part of the Courts in the Community Program for its recent Mililani High School oral argument. The Chief Justice also noted the judiciary plan to ask for additional funding to add a staff attorney to the Intermediate Court of Appeals (something all would agree is needed), and a staff member to assist with the appellate mediation program.
The meeting, a joint endeavor with the Litigation Section, also included the election of the new officers for the Section's 2015 year: Chair: Christopher Goodin (Cades Schutte LLP); Vice-Chair: Christopher Leong (Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert); Treasurer: Robert Nakatsuji (Department of the Attorney General); and, Secretary: Michi Momose (Cades Schutte LLP).
Mahalo to the 2014 Board (Bethany Ace, Chris Goodin, Mits Louie, and Robert Nakatsuji) for their hard work. And, much mahalo to the Chief Justice and the rest of the Hawaii appellate judiciary for their continued support and partnership.