Hawaii State Bar Convention to feature Chief Justice of California, honor distinguished members

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 The Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) will host its annual convention on Friday, September 21 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Mid-Pacific Conference Center.

The convention includes substantive sessions for Hawaii lawyers, a presentation of HSBA awards to distinguished leaders in the legal community, and a keynote address by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.


The keynote address of Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will focus on, “California Courts & The Budget Crisis: The Survival of Justice.”

Cantil-Sakauye was sworn into office as Chief Justice of California in January 2011. She is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s Chief Justice. After former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated her as Chief Justice on July 22, 2010, the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission rated her as exceptionally well qualified for the position. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Cantil-Sakauye was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Davis. Since then, she has served for more than 20 years on the California appellate and trial courts. Regarding her ties to Hawaii, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s father was born and raised in Hawaii before moving to Sacramento.

The HSBA convention luncheon will additionally honor attorneys for their dedication and contributions to the Bar, the legal profession, and to their communities. This year’s HSBA awardees include The Honorable James E. Duffy, ret. (C. Frederick Schutte Award), Calvin E. Young (‘Ikena Award), M. Victor Geminiani (Champion for Social Justice Award), and the Honorable Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba and James Kawashima (President’s Award).

For more information on the convention schedule visit: https://bit.ly/PeNbym.

The HSBA is a nonprofit organization that serves over 7,000 attorneys in the State of Hawaii. The organization’s mission is to unite and inspire Hawaii’s lawyers to promote justice for all. To learn more about the HSBA, visit www.hsba.org.
Report submitted by the HSBA