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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Calvin Say case shakes up Hawaii Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 3375 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

"...Calvin K.Y. Say is the uncle of one of my current law clerk’s spouse, and that another law clerk, prior to joining my staff, worked on a campaign involving Respondent Calvin K.Y. Say...." -- Rectenwald

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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Why are there so many Crooked Lawyers in Honolulu?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 PM :: 4375 Views :: Judiciary

In Hawaii...it seems like half the top lawyers attended the University of Hawaii....

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Big Law vs. Honolulu's Not-So-Big Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:01 AM :: 3926 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business
"A Tale of Two Cities: Honolulu and San Francisco"
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Saturday, May 02, 2015
JSC Seeks Applicants for First and Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 2336 Views :: Judiciary

The term of office of a circuit judge shall be ten years. The annual salary in Hawaiʻi of a circuit judge is $193,248....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Hawaiians and the Law: Kelii Akina and Michael Lilly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 5287 Views :: Akaka Bill, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

Whether it's activists on Mauna Kea, the Akaka Bill or the Native Hawaiian roll, questions of law abound....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
HAWSCT Clarifies Joinder Of Indispensable Parties, Timely Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 12:49 AM :: 2307 Views :: Judiciary

Here's the latest from the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints Dyan M. Medeiros as Oahu District Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 2950 Views :: Family, Judiciary

The appointment of Medeiros fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Applicants Sought for District Court Per Diem Judges
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 2530 Views :: Judiciary

The District Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Per Diem District Judges....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 3578 Views :: Family, Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Domingo will serve a term of six years....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Deferred, not Defeated: Marsy's Law Supporters Organize for Next Session
By Video @ 10:11 PM :: 3393 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Supporters are already working to build legislative and public support for the constitutional amendment in the 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Oahu Family Court Nominees
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 3626 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Judiciary

...Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015. All comments will be kept confidential....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
After Sob Story from Child Molester's Mother, Hawaii House Offers Ex-Cons $50K per Year, Free Obamacare for Life
By Andrew Walden @ 7:08 AM :: 5278 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

This is all part of a scheme hatched by two lawyers famous for helping OJ Simpson get off on his 1994 double murder rap in Los Angeles....

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 2978 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, March 02, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 2475 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, February 02, 2015
HB624: Parental Parity in Child Custody Cases
By Chris Lethem @ 11:14 PM :: 2949 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Testimony will be heard on HB624 Tuesday morning at 8:30 am in room 326....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chief Justice Delivers State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3220 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald delivered the State of the Judiciary address today at a joint session of the State Senate and House....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislative Ambulance Chasers Dig In To Taxpayers' Deep Pockets
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 3836 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...With ambulance chasers in positions of power, both the House and Senate are poised to advance HB189 and SB137 in separate hearings on Friday....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court to Review Haleakala Telescope Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:35 PM :: 4813 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, Judiciary, Land Use

The case thus represents a target-rich environment for the petitioners and the court....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
The "Big Eyes" Have It: Hawaii Courts Again In The Hollywood Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 PM :: 3874 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary

Anyone who was around in the 1960s and 1970s remembers those paintings and prints of sad children with oversize eyes. They were ubiquitous....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 AM :: 4262 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Land Use

Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Hawaii County Planning Department....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
By Robert Thomas @ 4:23 AM :: 3329 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the LUC violated petitioners’ constitutional rights....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hawaii Landmark Land Use Litigation for 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 3327 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...new and important cases were decided by the Hawaii courts this year....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Judicial Selection: Constitutional Amendment Icing on the Transparency Cake
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 2731 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...the voters agreed that there's no good reason to keep the JSC lists secret, the same result as the lawsuit....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hawaii Ranks Third in Nationwide Access to Justice Study
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 2976 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary

...four categories: attorney access for low-income litigants; support for self-represented litigants; support for litigants with limited language proficiency; and support for people with disabilities....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Big Island Launches Veterans Treatment Court
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 3186 Views :: Judiciary, Military

On November 10, the Third Circuit (Hawaii county) launched its Veterans Treatment Court with an opening ceremony held in the courtroom of Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra....

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Saturday, November 01, 2014
Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 6154 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary, Office of Elections, Politicians

...the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections is unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two Oahu Circuit Court Judges
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 4129 Views :: Judiciary

Abercrombie today announced the appointments of Jeffrey P. Crabtree and Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Happy Constitution(s) Day
By Robert Thomas @ 2:45 PM :: 2543 Views :: Judiciary
"Who Trumps Whom: Exploring Federalism in Hawaii."
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Friday, September 12, 2014
JSC Lists Nominees for First, Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2624 Views :: Judiciary

The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment....

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Supreme Court Dismisses All Three Puna Election Challenges
By Robert Thomas @ 10:10 PM :: 3469 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

Today must be election contest day at the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Q&A: Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 3598 Views :: National News, Health Care, Judiciary

...Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s failure to fully implement Obamacare....

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Supreme Court Orders Abercrombie to Pay Up
By Robert Thomas @ 9:02 PM :: 3830 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Today, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Abercrombie....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Hint Of Judicial Takings From Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 2:21 PM :: 2656 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The case involved three buildings near the shoreline on the Big Island....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Hawaii Convenes First Marine Resources Enforcement Conference
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 3823 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Officers, Prosecutors, Lawmakers and Conservationists Meet at UH Law School....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Upcoming CLE: Hawaii's Shoreline and Coastal Law and Regulation
By Robert Thomas @ 8:03 PM :: 6496 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This program will cover recent Hawaii case law, including the recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision regarding identifying the certified shoreline....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are? Not Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 AM :: 4209 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Only five states—Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont— had no wiretap requests during 2013....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Act 201 Reforms Hawaii Juvenile Justice System
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 4248 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...In 2013, the state spent $199,000 a year for each bed at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), yet 75 percent of youth released from HYCF were re-adjudicated or convicted as an adult within three years....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 3575 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
9th Circuit Demands Briefing on Bridge Aina Lea Suit
By Robert Thomas @ 5:30 AM :: 5274 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Judiciary, Land Use

...several members of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission were sued by the property owner in their individual as well as official capacities....

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Monday, June 02, 2014
Baron and Budd negotiate $3.7 million settlement for State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 3218 Views :: Judiciary, Cost of Living

...Baron and Budd negotiated a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of the State of Hawaii and a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of the State of Mississippi....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Child Support Enforcement Abuse: Hawaii Parents Org. Scores Victories in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3951 Views :: Family, Judiciary

This year National Parents Organization of Hawaii introduced several bills related to addressing abuses of the Child Support Enforcement Agency....

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hawaii's "Environmental Court" - A Bad Idea Whose Time (Apparently) Is Nigh
By Robert Thomas @ 8:13 PM :: 4014 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

...the only thing standing between the bill and the rest of us is Governor Abercrombie's veto pen....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals: No Landlocked Real Estate in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 2:36 PM :: 4952 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Land Use

In Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., No. 30509 (May 5, 2014), the issue was whether the owner of a landlocked parcel could assert an easement....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Volunteers Wanted to Investigate, Discipline Lawyers
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 2496 Views :: Judiciary

The terms will begin on July 1, 2014 and last for three years....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hawaii-Focused Legal Blogs
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 AM :: 2453 Views :: Judiciary

...several of our law firm colleagues also are active bloggers in their respective fields...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nakamoto Appointed Big Island Judge
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 2250 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nakamoto will serve in office for six years.... 

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
JSC Seeks Nominations for Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 2269 Views :: Judiciary
Circuit Judges, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)....
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Must Counties Maintain Accurate Public Records?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 3297 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

Your first reaction may be "well, duh." But....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. District Court's Honolulu Rail Compliance Order – A Slam Dunk
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 3544 Views :: Judiciary, Rail

...Judge A. Wallace Teshima’s truly final order in the case: the Order on Objection to Notice of Compliance, which coincidentally (or perhaps not) was issued on the same day (February 18, 2014) as the Ninth Circuit opinion....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Bar Association New Testimony on Wilson Nomination
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 2809 Views :: Judiciary

...work ethic concerns, lack of professionalism in the workplace, questions concerning the propriety of conduct toward women in professional contexts, and the ability to serve at the level of a Supreme Court Justice....

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