Tidbits and Thoughts . . .  Legal Aid's Online  News
February 3, 2017

Thank you for believing in the work that we do. With your support, nearly 10,000 people received legal help through our hotline this year. Please consider us again the next you give. 

"We were a little frustrated, we had spent all our last funds trying to establish guardianship . . . but because of Legal Aid's help we can now focus on the job ahead, raising our 3 grandchildren and helping their mother, our daughter-in-law get the college education she needs to be a productive household and be able to raise her children on her own.  Thank you again Dawn and the Kona [Legal Aid] team." 

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For every $1 invested in civil legal services, Hawaii residents receive $6.35 back in value

The Hawaii Consortium of Legal Service Providers provide access to justice for all of Hawaii's residents through the delivery of direct legal services, advocacy, and outreach in the communities they serve.
With funding from the Hawaii State Bar Foundation and the Hawaii Justice Foundation, The Economic Impact of Legal Service Providers in Hawaii report details how, by serving the civil legal needs of the most vulnerable, legal service providers not only help clients resolve their legal issues but also help to strengthen the state's economy.  The full report and summary are available  here .
Legal Aid part of annual Technology Initiative Grants Conference

This year's LSC Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) Conference was the largest ever with over 300 people in attendance. Held in San Antonio, Texas the conference is the only national event focused exclusively on the use of technology in the legal aid community. Funding from TIG has helped Legal Aid create online court forms, legal information videos, and other technology based resources. Legal Aid was represented by Sergio Alcubilla where he led a panel presentation on "Triage Second Generation: Online Portals and More" and shared about Hawaii's work in creating an online portal. The Hawaii Legal Services Portal is designed to help people access legal information and resources and provide the most relevant referrals to other legal service organizations. The portal has been a year long project of Kara Doles, (Hawaii Portal project coordinator) and will be available for public launch in early March.
Online Legal Resources

Kara Doles , Project Coordinator for the Hawaii Legal Services Portal, joined with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii in providing an overview to state legislators and their staff  of the online legal resources available to the public. For more information about online legal resources, please visit www.lawhelp.org/hi.
Legal Aid's Wage Theft Program 
Legal Aid is launching a new program to combat wage theft in Hawaii. Led by Honolulu Legal Aid staff attorney, Reyna Ramolete Hayashi and with help from AmeriCorps Advocate, Sophia Henager, the Hana Hana Justice Project aims to empower low-wage workers, address wage theft, trafficking,and labor exploitation, and advance worker justice through education, outreach, advocacy, and community lawyering. 

Legal help for victims of crime

Legal Aid's Victims of Crime Project, funded by a grant under the Victims of Crime Act, provides free civil legal services to any person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. Led by Legal Aid staff attorneys, Amanda Gino and Ashlee Drake Berry the project helps victims assert their rights under both state and federal laws with a specific focus on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. 
Self-Help Center Trainings in Hilo and Maui

Hilo Legal Aid staff attorney Mark Haines, Hilo Legal Aid managing attorney Valerie Grab, and AmeriCorps Advocate Alexandria Agdeppaalong with the Hawaii County Bar Association, provided training for over 30 attorneys to volunteer at the Hilo Court Self-Help Center. Sergio Alcubilla from Honolulu provided an overview of the many online legal resources available to self-represented litigants while Valerie provided substantive training on family law issues. 

For the Maui Court Self-Help Center, Yukari Murakami Maui Legal Aid staff attorney and former AmeriCorps Advocate and current law student, Magdalena Bajon worked with the Maui County Bar Association and Judiciary staff to provide training for nearly a dozen attorneys to help staff the Maui Court Self-Help Center. 
Legal Aid in the news

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Cinder Sonis, right, an advocate with Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, helped a customer enroll in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 in Honolulu. Faced with uncertainty about the federal health care law, Hawaii lawmakers are introducing bills to bring what they believe are the best parts of the Affordable Care Act into state law.  (photo and caption by Cathy Bussewitz/Associated Press)
Legal Aid in the community

AmeriCorps Advocates Caitlin Hatakeyama, Jane Lee, and Michelle Horton provide outreach information at the Windward Community College Service-Learning FairThe primary purpose of the Service-Learning Fair is to help Windward CC students identify community groups with whom they can volunteer during the semester as part of their coursework. 

AmeriCorps members  Jane Lee, Destiny Brown, and  Caitlin Hatakeyema along with Fair Housing advocate
Madonna Castro-Perez at this year's Taste of Kalihi Street Festival in Honolulu. 

AmeriCorps members  Jane Lee Destiny Brown , and Robert Topenio  helped provide legal information and resources at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Kapiolani Park.
Legal Aid employment opportunities

For employment opportunities, please visit www.legalaidhawaii.org for more information. 
Legal Aid is currently hiring for the following positions:

Family Law Attorney
Health Insurance Navigator Honolulu
Seniors Paralegal-Kauai
Outreach Specialist-Homeless Project