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June 29, 2016

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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 cy pres funds totaling $107,169.52. The award was part of a class action settlement and will go towards helping launch a workers' rights enforcement program at Legal Aid.

M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina (Legal Aid Executive Director), Jodi Shin Yamamoto (Legal Aid Board President), Brandee Faria, John Perkin, and Susan Ichinose (Legal Aid Immediate Past President) receives the big check.

Legal Aid also presented John Perkin and Brandee Faria with the Betty Vitousek Access to Justice Award and a plaque recognizing their contributions to the Leadership Circle

Hawaii Access to Justice Conference 2016

The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission sponsored this year's Access to Justice Conference with the theme of "Pursuit of Meaningful Justice For All." Former New York Courts Chief Judge  Jonathan Lippman served as the keynote speaker. Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald highlighted some of the projects and partnerships that Legal Aid was involved in this year and spoke of more projects yet to come.

Legal Aid Executive Director M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina was part of a panel presentation on "Landlord-Tenant Mediation: Working Together to Prevent Homelessness." Legal Aid Housing Attorney Sheila Lippolt, Asset Protection Managing Attorrney Dan O'Meara, and AmeriCorps Advocate Camille Fleming  joined attorney David Chee, Judge Hilary Gangnes, and Judge Melanie May in providing training for volunteer attorneys for the courts' self-help centers. 

Top L: Nalani during the panel presentation on Landlord Tenant Mediation. Top R: Legal Aid paralegal Franklyn Lau and summer law clerk Sierra Hagg provide information to conference attendees. Bottom L: Training for self-help center volunteers. Bottom R: AmeriCorps Advocate Camille Fleming with private attorney David Chee.
Self-help legal information videos available on YouTube

Legal Aid is launching a series of self-help legal information videos on its website and YouTube channel. The videos include topics on: Landlord-Tenant Basics, Eviction, Divorce, Adoption, Court Resources, and many more. A number of the videos are available in Marshallese, Chuukese, and Ilocano. 

The project was funded by a grant from the Technology Innovation Grant of the Legal Services Corporation and created in partnerships with the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and Hawaii State Judiciary. 
The videos can be accessed through Legal Aid's website or by visiting the  Legal Aid Society of Hawaii YouTube Channel.

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Legal Aid Blood Drive

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, together with Group 70, is hosting a blood drive at its Honolulu office on Bethel Street on Wednesday, July 13. You can click here to schedule an appointment and help save lives.
Blood drive poster
Disaster Relief Training for Volunteer Attorneys

In preparation for hurricane season, the  HSBA Young Lawyers Division and the  Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will provide disaster relief training for volunteer attorneys on  Thursday, July 14 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Volunteer attorneys were critical in providing assistance to those affected by  recent natural disasters on the Big Island by helping with legal hotlines and clinics. 

Maui Legal Aid office part of effort to help curb evictions

Effort to Help Curb Evictions Expands to Maui
By Maui Now
Posted June 21, 2016, 01:34 PM HST
Updated June 21, 2016, 04:10 PM HST

Tenants and landlords are being pointed to resources designed to prevent disputes from escalating to eviction.  A grassroots effort called STAE or "Steps to Avoid Eviction" is a campaign aimed at equipping tenants and landlords with more information about available resources to ensure that landlords get paid the rent they are owed and tenants are not evicted.

The Hawaiʻi State Judiciary partnered with the Legal Aid Society, Maui Office, and the Maui County Bar Association to put together the attached informational brochure.
Welcome Summer Law Clerks and Volunteers
Matt Murakami 
Asset Protection Summer Law Clerk
Mele Moniz 
Family Summer Law Clerk
 Sierra Hagg 
Family Summer Law Clerk
Kara Teng
Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center Law Clerk
Yun Kim 
Public Benefits Volunteer
Charlotte Mukai 
Public Benefits Volunteer
Emily Tanaka
Public Benefits Volunteer
Jared Wong
Admin. Volunteer
Sheena Choy 
Admin. Volunteer
Henry Hawkins 
Admin. Summer Volunteer
Dana Morita
Admin. Summer Volunteer
 Johanna Ward
Asset Protection Volunteer
Legal Aid Society of Orange County visits Honolulu office
Judge Richard G. Vogl , retired Superior Court Commissioner and current board member at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County visited the Honolulu Legal Aid office recently. Judge Vogl took the time to tour the office, speak with some of our staff, and visit the courthouse. As a retired family law judge, he was particularly interested in many of the challenges that our family law unit faces.
Judge Vogl with HNL staff member Sergio Alcubilla