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October 12, 2016

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Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center Iijima Fellowship Fundraiser

HIJC Staff Attorney Bow Mun Ching (center) with Chris Iijima Fellows: L-R Kelly Morikone (2010),  Wayne Tanaka (2008),  Jade Wong (2009), Nadine Ortega (2014),  Sarah Miller (2013),  Rochelle Sugawa (2015), Kara Teng (2016). 
Not pictured: Ayla Weiss (2011), Lindsay Kukona (2012

On the evening of September 22, 2016, family, friends, colleagues, former students, and acquaintances gathered at Kan Zaman restaurant to honor Chris Iijima, and to raise funds for the Fellowship named in his honor. It was attended by about 50 people, who enjoyed the Mediterranean food and the free wine and beer.

Kara Teng and Rochelle Sugawa give out prizes during the fundraiser. 

The Fundraiser program started with keynote speaker Prof. Eric Yamamoto sharing his memories of Chris and his feelings about the Fundraiser. Dean Aviam Soifer of the William S. Richardson School of Law provided poignant recollections of Chris as both his friend and colleague. Marion Reyes, one of Chris' former students provided a different perspective, from someone who knew Chris as mentor. Chris' wife Jane Dickson, as always, spoke from her heart about Chris and his legacy, which included their 2 sons, who provided their thoughts to the attendees.

Seven of the nine Fellows were able to attend the event, and a majority of their art projects, a requirement to complete the Fellowship, were displayed. Long-time secretary, paralegal, and office manager Kamaile Brown, who had passed away a few months ago,  was honored, acknowledging her decades of work for the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at the Legal Aid Society and its predecessors. The evening concluded with a raffle of many gift baskets, gift cards, and other items, but the most sought after raffle prize was Wayne Tanaka's Mother's homemade kim chee

A special thank you to Reka Imai from the Honolulu Legal Aid office for donating various pieces of her artwork and jewelry. There was ample time for the attendees to talk with long-time friends before and after the program. A good time was had by all, reconnecting with Chris. 

In Loving Memory of Kamaile Brown.
A longtime supporter of HIJC and great friend to so many.

Legal Aid staff part of HSBA Senior Counsel's Legal Clinics in Kau

Legal Aid Kona managing attorney Dawn Henry, Leeward staff attorney Gail Kawakami-Schwarber, and Hilo Title III paralegal Christy Peace joined the Hawaii State Bar Association Senior Counsel's recent clinics in Kau on the Big Island. Christy was part of the clinic at Pahala while Dawn and Gail participated at the Na`alehu event.

Dawn and Gail with members of the HSBA Senior Counsel.

Hilo Title III paralegal Christy Peace with other members of the HSBA clinic.
Photo credits: Charlene Iboshi
Legal Aid receives additional cy pres funds from the law firms of Perkin & Faria and Bickerton Dang


The Legal Aid Society of Hawai┬┤i extends its gratitude to the law firms of Perkin & Faria and Bickerton Dang for their work in designating Legal Aid as the recipient of an additional $70,000 in cy pres funds. 

Perkin & Faria and Bickerton Dang have provided over $175,000 in cy pres funds to Legal Aid this year. 
Legal Aid at the 9th Annual Hawaii Conference on Language Access

L-R: Emmie Suzuki-Phillip (Fair Housing outreach specialist), Cynthia (Emmie's daughter), Marissa Okazaki (Fair Housing Investigation Coordinator), Ana Namoa (HIJC outreach specialist), Paul Luu (HIJC paralegal)

Staff from Legal Aid's Fair Housing Enforcement Program and the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center (HIJC) participated in the 9th Annual Hawaii Conference on Language Access sponsored by the Hawaii Office of Language Access. Over 300 attendees participated in this year's conference. Special recognition during the conference was given to HIJC co-managing attorney Calleen Ching and Fair Housing staff attorney Reyna Ramolete-Hayashi for their work in furthering language access through the legal system.
Legal Aid at Children & Youth Day 2016

Thank you for visiting Legal Aid at the 2016 Children & Youth Day at the Hawaii State Capitol!
Legal Aid welcomes new AmeriCorps class

Legal Aid is proud to welcome a very promising AmeriCorps class for 2016-2017!
AmeriCorps members and new staff visit with  Judge  Barbara Richardson, 
deputy chief judge of the First Circuit District Court, as part of their poverty law training.

Angela Hwang 
Honolulu Homeless Program 
Sophia Henager
Honolulu Asset Protection 
Emily Rivera
Honolulu Family Unit 
Caitlin Hatakeyama
Honolulu Intake CEJ 
Jane Lee
Honolulu Intake CEJ 
Jessica Irani
Louisa Saloma
Robert Topenio
Michelle Horton
Cynthia Cuestas
Honolulu Self-Help Center
Destiny Brown
Honolulu Self-Help Center 
Amy Peria
Honolulu Self-Help Center 
Sonia Song
Kauai Self Help Center
Laura Cushman
Kona Self Help Center 
Abegail "Abby" Aldosa
Maui Self Help Center 
Aloha United Way Society of Young Leaders visits Legal Aid Honolulu office

L-R: Amanda Stanfield (Aloha United Way), Britta Johnson (Fair Housing investigator), Reyna Ramolete-Hayashi (Fair Housing staff attorney), Lei-Anne Jones (Sagely Inc.), Ryan, Sergio Alcubilla (Honolulu Legal Aid office)

The Aloha United Way's Society of Young Leaders (SYL) visited the Legal Aid Honolulu office to learn more about the organization and its impact in the community as well as the services available to clients. SYL members, representing various fields and industries, toured the office and learned more about Legal Aid's Fair Housing Enforcement Program from staff attorney Reyna Ramolete-Hayashi and Fair Housing investigator Britta Johnson.

The SYL is an affinity group of the Aloha United Way and consists of young leaders whose members range in age from 21-45 and work in fields such as public relations, finance, healthcare, law, engineering and business. They are passionate about leading, inspiring, educating and empowering members to share time, talent, and resources to effect positive change in Hawaii
Thank you to Hawaiian Electric Companies for supporting Legal Aid through the Aloha United Way campaign

Thank you to Hawaiian Electric Companies through the HEI Charitable Foundation for its $5,000 donation to the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii as part of the Aloha United Way 2016 Campaign!

Support the Aloha United Way Campaign

L-R: Sarah Robert, Tammy "Hoku" Taroc, Destiny Brown, Joanne Loeak, John Talkington, Sergio Alcubilla, Cinder Sonis, Sereny Cholymay.
Pl ease remember to support the Aloha United Way Campaign or your local United Way Campaign. Your support will help continue the work that many non-profit organizations, including the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii,  do in our community!