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GOVERNOR IGE CONSIDERS FOUR NOMINEES TO FILL CIRCUIT COURT VACANCY ON MAUI

News Release from Office of the Governor, Sep 20, 2019

HONOLULU –  Gov. David Ige received a list of four nominees from the Judicial Selection Commission Friday, for a vacancy on the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Joseph E. Cardoza in June 2019.

The nominees are:

Lance D. Collins is an attorney in private practice who is also an instructor at the Office of Continuing Education/Legal Clerk Certificate Program at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College. Collins earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law. He also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a PH.D. from the University of Hawai‘i.

Kelsey T. Kawano currently serves as a deputy chief judge and district judge. He previously worked as an attorney in private practice. Kawano earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington, School of Law. He also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Alvin P.K. Nishimura is an attorney in private practice as well as a judge, per diem, with the District Court of the First Circuit (O‘ahu). Nishimura earned his Juris Doctor degree at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. He also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and UH Mānoa, where he earned his B.S. in Political Science.

Bryant G.V. Zane is an attorney who currently serves as a deputy public defender on O‘ahu. He attended Loyola Marymount University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Zane also earned his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Ige will interview each nominee and is seeking public comment on the governor’s website at governor.hawaii.gov – Contact the Governor or CLICK HERE.

The governor has 30 days, or until Oct. 18 to make his appointment which is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, Sept 20, 2019

HONOLULU – Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for two vacancies in the District Family Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu), as a result of the retirement of Judges Linda K.C. Luke and Jennifer L. Ching.

The names submitted for these vacancies by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

Rebecca A. Copeland

Ms. Copeland is currently employed at the Law Office of Rebecca A. Copeland, LLC and serves as a Per Diem Judge in the District Court of the First Circuit.  Copeland is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2003.

Thomas A.K. Haia

Mr. Haia is currently employed at Thomas A.K. Haia, Attorney at Law, and serves as a Per Diem Judge in the District Court of the First Circuit.  Haia is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1995.

Chastity T. Imamura

Ms. Imamura is currently employed as a Hearings Officer with the Office of Dispute Resolution in the Department of the Attorney General.  Imamura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2002.

Craig W. Jerome

Mr. Jerome is currently employed as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Hawaii Federal Public Defender.  He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2007.

Alvin P.K.K. Nishimura

Mr. Nishimura is currently employed at Alvin Nishimura, Attorney at Law, and serves as a Per Diem Judge in the District Court of the First Circuit.  Nishimura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1985.

Andrew T. Park

Mr. Park is currently employed at the Law Office of Andrew T. Park.  He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2008.

Shanlyn A.S. Park

Ms. Park is currently employed at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP.  She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1995.

Bryant G.F.Y. Zane

Mr. Zane is currently employed as a Deputy Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender.  He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1996.

The Chief Justice has the discretion to assign judges to the district or district family court calendar.  Comments about the qualifications and character of any of the nominees with regard to either calendar assignment may be sent, in writing, to:

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald

Supreme Court of Hawaii

417 South King Street

Honolulu, HI  96813

Fax:  (808) 539-4703

E-mail:  chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov  

Comments must be post-marked, e-mailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, October 2, 2019. All comments will be kept confidential.

The individuals selected by the Chief Justice are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – District Family Judge, First Circuit Nominees

News Release from JSC, 09/20/2019

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The chief justice, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from a list of not less than six nominees for the vacancy presented by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial vacancy of District Family Judge, First Circuit (island of O‘ahu), State of Hawaiʻi. The judicial office became vacant upon the retirement of District Family Judge, Jennifer L. Ching in July 2019.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office of District Family Judge, First Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Rebecca A. Copeland
  • Thomas A.K. Haia
  • Craig W. Jerome
  • Alvin P.K.K. Nishimura
  • Andrew T. Park
  • Bryant G.F.Y Zane

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

Statistics

Total Applicants: 27; 14 Females; 13 Males

  • Government Attorneys: 13
  • Private Attorneys: 13
  • Per Diem Judges: 9
  • Age Range: 5 (31-40); 12 (41-50); 8 (51-60); 2 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 8 years to 39 years

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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – District Family Judge, First Circuit Nominees

News Release from JSC, 09/20/2019

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The chief justice, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from a list of not less than six nominees for the vacancy presented by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial vacancy of District Family Judge, First Circuit (island of O‘ahu), State of Hawaiʻi.  The judicial office became vacant upon the retirement of District Family Judge, Linda K.C. Luke in August 2019.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office of District Family Judge, First Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Rebecca A. Copeland
  • Chastity T. Imamura
  • Craig W. Jerome
  • Alvin P.K.K. Nishimura
  • Shanlyn A.S. Park
  • Bryant G.F.Y. Zane

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

Statistics

  • Total Applicants: 24; 11 Females; 13 Males
  • Government Attorneys:  12
  • Private Attorneys:  12
  • Per Diem Judges:  9
  • Age Range:  5 (31-40); 10 (41-50); 8 (51-60); 1 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 8 years to 39 years

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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the Second Circuit Nominees

News Release from JSC, 09/20/2019

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The governor, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts, by appointing a person from a list of not less than four, and not more than six, nominees for the vacancy, presented to the governor by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial vacancy of Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (island of Maui), State of Hawaiʻi.  The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Joseph E. Cardoza in June 2019.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office in the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Lance D. Collins
  • Kelsey T. Kawano
  • Alvin P.K.K. Nishimura
  • Bryant G.F.Y. Zane

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

Statistics

Total Applicants:  10; 2 Females; 8 Males
Government Attorneys:  5
Private Attorneys:  3
Per Diem Judges:  2
Age Range:  1 (31-40); 2 (41-50); 3 (51-60); 4 (61-70)
Years Licensed Range:  11 years to 35 years

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Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit

News Release from JSC, 09/20/2019

The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy in the State of Hawaiʻi:

District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu)

The Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi requires that the persons selected by the Commission be residents and citizens of the State of Hawaiʻi and of the United States, and have been licensed to practice law by the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. A district judge shall have been licensed for a period of not less than five years preceding nomination.  No judge shall, during the term of office, engage in the practice of law, or run for or hold any other office or position of profit under the United States, the State or its political subdivisions.

The term of office of a district judge shall be six years. The annual salary in Hawaiʻi of a district judge is $195,276.  The Chief Justice has the discretion to assign a district judge/district family judge to either the District Court or Family Court as provided under Section 571-8 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statute.

Full-time judges also receive employer contributions to premiums for enrollment in the state-sponsored medical, drug, vision and dental plans, a free life insurance policy, state retirement benefits, a deferred compensation supplemental retirement savings plan, 13 paid holidays annually (14 days during election years), 21 vacation and 21 sick leave days per year. Benefits are subject to modification or termination due to changes in statutes, pertinent rules and regulations.  Judges shall be retired upon attaining the age of seventy years.

The Commission invites anyone who meets the constitutional requirements and is interested in the position to apply directly to the Commission.

Applicants:

Prior to submitting your application, submit a letter with a contact phone number and an e-mail address specifying the vacancy for which you are applying.

The Commission also invites persons to nominate qualified individuals for the position. Nominators: Mail your nomination to the address below with the nominee’s full name and mailing address as soon as possible and not later than the nomination deadline of November 4, 2019.

TO APPLY: Please visit the Commission’s website and fill out form JS-P-084, Application for Judicial Office Form. The application must be postmarked or delivered to the address below on or before the application deadline of Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Commission Chair Ronette M. Kawakami, Esq.
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaiʻi
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813  

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