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Ige Names Lisa Ginoza chief judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals
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News Release from Office of the Governor, Mar 6, 2018

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced the appointments of Lisa Ginoza as chief judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals and James Ashford to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit. The governor made the selections from a list of nominees submitted to him by the Judicial Selection Commission.

Gov. Ige selected Ginoza to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Intermediate Court of Appeals Chief Judge Craig H. Nakamura, who retires this month. Ginoza has served on the Intermediate Court of Appeals as an associate judge since May 2010. She was previously first deputy attorney general at the Department of the Attorney General, and as a partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon from 1990 to 2005.

Ginoza is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Oregon State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. She was also senior class president at Kailua High School where she was valedictorian for the Class of 1982.

“It is a great honor to be nominated by Governor Ige. I am grateful for his confidence in me, and I look forward to meeting with members of the Senate as they consider my nomination. I am mindful of the esteemed Chief Judges who have led the Intermediate Court of Appeals in the past and feel privileged to be considered for the position,” said Ginoza.

Gov. Ige selected James Ashford to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Circuit Court Judge Rhonda A. Nishimura last year. Ashford has served as a District Court judge since 2013. He worked as an associate attorney and partner at Cades Schutte LLP for most of his career in private practice.

Ashford is a graduate of Loyola Law School and Claremont McKenna College where he was on the wrestling team.

“I am very grateful and honored that Governor Ige has nominated me for this position.  I have tremendously enjoyed the last 4 ½ years serving as a District Court judge, including the time that I have been temporarily appointed to serve in Circuit Court.  I look forward to continuing to serve the community,” Ashford said.

Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Chief Justice Appoints Kevin T. Morikone as Oahu District Court Judge

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, Mar 7, 2018

HONOLULU – Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has today appointed Kevin T. Morikone to the District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu).

Morikone has been serving as a per diem (part-time) District Family Court judge since October 2015. He is currently a partner in Hosoda & Morikone, LLC, which practices in the area of civil litigation. He also serves as a Court Annexed Arbitration Program arbitrator. Prior to becoming a partner, he was an associate attorney at the firm formerly known as Lyle S. Hosoda & Associates, LLC, and a former law clerk to the Honorable Eden Elizabeth Hifo.

Morikone is a cum laude graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was admitted to the bar in 2007.

The Chief Justice appoints District Court judges from a list of not less than six nominees submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission. If confirmed by the State Senate, Morikone will serve a term of six years, and will be assigned to the District Family Court. 

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