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Green Seeks Comment on Maui Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1680 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary
Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the Second Circuit Nominees
 
News Release from Judicial Selection Commission, Feb 16, 2023
 
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 Richard T. Bissen, Jr. in December 2021.
 
The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office of Circuit Judge in the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:
 
Ryan M. K. Anderson-Teshima
Lance D. Collins
Michelle L. Drewyer
Brandon K. Flores
Erika E. G. Ireland
The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.
 
Statistics
 
Total Applicants:  11; 5 Females; 6 Males
First Time Applicants:  3
Government Attorneys:  4
Private Attorneys:  4
Judges:  1
Per Diem Judges:  3
Other:  2
Age Range:  0 (31-40); 6 (41-50); 4 (51-60); 1 (61-70)
Years Licensed Range:  11 years to 31 years
 
Additional Information
Meetings held in June 2022 with 9 Commissioners present.
Meeting held and decision made in January 2023 with 7 Commissioners present.
 
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GOV. GREEN CONSIDERS JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS
 
News Release from Office of the Governor,  Feb 16, 2023
 
HONOLULU, HI  ̶  Five nominees for Circuit Judge for the Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Island of Maui) have been announced for consideration. Governor Josh Green, M.D. will nominate a successor to Richard T. Bissen Jr., who was elected Mayor of Maui County late last year.
 
The State Judicial Selection Commission transmitted the list of nominees to Gov. Green following a thorough review of the qualifications and backgrounds of all applicants.
 
The nominees are:
 
Ryan M.K. Anderson-Teshima is currently the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui. He is a graduate of Southwestern Law School.
 
 Lance D. Collins is currently a Per Diem District Court Judge and a William S. Richardson School of Law graduate.
 
Michelle L. Drewyer currently serves as a Per Diem Judge, District and Family Court, Second Circuit. She is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
 
 Brandon K. Flores is currently an Assistant Administrator within the Child Support Enforcement Agency within the Department of the Attorney General. He is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.
 
Erika E.G. Ireland is a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the First Circuit, and a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.
 
Governor Green must make his appointment within 30 days, or by Saturday, March 18, 2023. The public is invited to provide comments on the nominees via the Governor’s website https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/ 
 
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