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Hawaii Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for a vacancy in the District Family Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) as a result of the appointment of Judge Catherine H. Remigio to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

The names submitted for this vacancy by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

Jessi L.K. Hall

Ms. Hall is currently employed with Kleintop & Luria, LLP.  Hall is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1999.

Timothy E. Ho

Mr. Ho is currently employed as Chief Deputy Public Defender with the State of Hawaiʻi Office of the Public Defender. Ho is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1987.

Ronald G. Johnson

Mr. Johnson is currently employed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1987.

Summer M. M. Kupau-Odo

Ms. Kupau-Odo is currently employed as an Associate Attorney with Earthjustice.  Kupau-Odo is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2004.

Kevin T. Morikone

Mr. Morikone is currently employed at Hosoda & Morikone, LLC, and serves as Per Diem Judge of the District Family Court of the First Circuit. Morikone is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 2007.

Alvin K. Nishimura

Mr. Nishimura is currently employed at Alvin Nishimura, Attorney at Law, and serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the First Circuit. Nishimura is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1985.

Because the Chief Justice has the discretion to assign judges to the district or district family court calendar, comments about the qualifications and character of any of the nominees with regard to either calendar assignment may be sent, in writing, to:

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, Fax: 808-539-4703 Email: chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Friday, October 13, 2017. All comments will be kept confidential.

The individual selected by the Chief Justice is subject to Senate confirmation.

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