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Request for Public Comments – Applicants for Hawaii Supreme Court
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Request for Public Comments – Applicants for two (2) Associate Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawai’i (Release Date: 02/10/2023)

JSC Press Release, Feb 10, 2023

The Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaiʻi, is governed by Article VI of the State Constitution which requires that all of its “deliberations” be confidential.  The Judicial Selection Commission is committed to increasing the transparency of its activities to the extent permitted by law and consistent with its goal of choosing the best possible nominees from the broadest and most diverse pool of candidates it can obtain.  Until March 16, 2022, the Judicial Selection Commission Rules have prohibited the Judicial Selection Commission from sharing the names of applicants applying for judicial positions.

In accordance with the Judicial Selection Commission Rule 5, Section 2:  Confidentiality A. as further amended and effective March 16, 2022, the Judicial Selection Commission announces the applicants applying for the judicial offices of two (2) Associate Justices in the Supreme Court, State of Hawaiʻi.

The list of applicants applying to fill the vacancy for the judicial offices of two (2) Associate Justices in the Supreme Court, State of Hawaiʻi, is listed as follows in alphabetical order:

 Rebecca A. Copeland
 Vladimir Devens
David M. Forman
 Lisa M. Ginoza
Kimberly Tsumoto Guidry
Kendra K. Kawai
 Summer M. M. Kupau-Odo
 Deirdre Marie-Iha
 Sonja M. P. McCullen
Karen T. Nakasone
Catherine H. Remigio
Clyde J. Wadsworth
Thomas Yamachika

The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments on the applicants applying for the judicial offices of two (2) Associate Justices in the Supreme Court, State of Hawaiʻi.

Written comments should include the applicant’s name and information about the background, professional skills and character of the applicant in areas such as:

(1)  integrity and moral courage
(2)  legal ability and experience
(3)  intelligence and wisdom
(4)  compassion and fairness
(5)  diligence and decisiveness
(6)  judicial temperament
(7)  such other qualities that the commission deems appropriate
(See Judicial Selection Commission Rule 10)

Written comments should also include the following contact information:

Your signature;
Your printed name;
Your phone number, including area code; and
Your email address, if applicable.

All written comments will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.

Please submit written comments postmarked or faxed no later than March 13, 2023, to:

Commission Chair Nadine Y. Ando, Esq.
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaiʻi
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Fax:  (808) 538-5205

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