Tidbits and Thoughts . . .Legal Aid's Bi-Weekly News
August 1, 2014
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Team MaileShimabukuro wins Justice Games 2014


Team MaileShimabukuro is this year's Justice Games winner, beating out 11 other teams for  the honor of 1st place in Legal Aid's annual downtown Honolulu scavenger hunt and pau hana fundraiser. Legal Aid staff attorney, Maile Shimabukuro sponsored the winning team comprised of Legal Aid attorneys and staff.


Teams were sponsored by Cades Schutte, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Ashford & Wriston, Alston Hunt Flyod & Ing, Hawaii Women Lawyers, Case Lombardi & Pettit, Start O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, Robyn Kobayashi, and Legal Aid's board and managing attorneys. 


The competition was intense as teams raced around downtown Honolulu solving clues, performing tasks, and overcoming technical difficulties with the game app. This year's theme of "Access" helped expose many to the difficulties that our clients often go through in accessing legal help. 


Team sponsor Maile Shimabukuro celebrates with her 1st Place team.

Team AmeriCorps with their World Cup themed uniforms.

Legal Aid Homeless Outreach Team featured on Hawaii News Now


Legal Aid attorney and Homeless Project Manager Janet Kelly along with Homeless Outreach Paralegals John Kaaihue and Carly Williamson were part of a story by Hawaii News Now regarding the challenges that many homeless face when they lose their identification. 


Click here to watch their exclusive interview. 


Fair Housing Training held at Hawaii State Capitol


The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii sponsored a Fair Housing Overview Training on July 15 at the Hawaii State Capitol.  The Legal Aid Fair Housing Team (Naomi Kusachi, Sarah Casken, Madonna Perez, Chelsey Stewart, Ian Tapu, and law clerk Caitlin Axe) worked with community partners in educating the public about their rights under fair housing laws.
Over 200 attended the training with many private landlords, property managers, condo board members in attendance. "This training not only helped the public know what their rights are under fair housing laws but also helped landlords and property managers better understand their responsibilities." -Naomi K.
Legal Aid attorneys Naomi Kusachi and Sarah Casken 
answer questions from the audience.


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