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Honolulu, Hawaii
Rebecca A. Copeland is an appellate attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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On June 28, 2019, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii held an appellate CLE to promote Hawaii Appellate Pro Bono Program. The Appellate Pro Bono Program is a partnership between the HSBA Appellate Section and VLSH. The Program matches low to moderate pro se appellate litigants with attorneys willing to provide pro... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Record on Appeal
On March 29, 2019, the HSBA Appellate Section held an event with two recently appointed Hawaii federal judges: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Mark Bennett and United States District Court for the District of Hawaii Judge Jill Otake. The event, co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, offered an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Record on Appeal
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This blogger is proud to be serving her third term on the HSBA Board of Directors: The Mission of the Hawaii State Bar Association is to unite and inspire Hawaii's lawyers to promote justice, serve the public and improve the legal profession. We strive to meet these goals in all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Record on Appeal
The Palau Supreme Court Appellate Division is seeking applicants for one Associate Justice vacancy. The position is considered full-time and requires the individual reside in Palau, but there is a stipend available to cover moving expenses. According to the vacancy notice: "The Palau Supreme Court Appellate Division is seeking applicants... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Record on Appeal
It’s a scenario many family law practitioners and litigants face: limited time being allocated for what are often very complex issues related to divorce and child custody (among other family law issues). Short hearings appear to be the result of a confluence of issues and contrast limited judicial resources against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Record on Appeal
On January 31, 2019, the HSBA Appellate Section hosted Hawaii’s newest appellate judge at its regular monthly meeting. ICA Associate Judge Keith K. Hiraoka discussed his background, his transition from circuit to appellate court, and provided members of the section with practice tips. Judge Hiraoka’s general practice pointers included: Follow... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Record on Appeal
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As part of national pro bono week, the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission held a celebration to honor attorneys who have given their time to provide legal assistance to members of the Hawaii community who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal assistance. The 2018 Pro Bono Celebration was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Record on Appeal
On September 17, 2018, the Hawaii Supreme Court filed an opinion in a case entitled Deutsche Bank National Trust vs. Michael C. Greenspon, SCWC-14-0001137. Of interest to appeals, the HAWSCT addressed the issue of “whether a final order must be signed by a district court clerk or judge for an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Record on Appeal
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This blogger recently joined other members of the legal community to celebrate access to justice with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii at their annual Taste of Justice Pau Hana & Silent Auction. VLSH honored individuals for their service, including First Circuit Court District Judge Melanie May who was honored as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at Record on Appeal
Today, August 8, 2018, the HAWSCT issued an unanimous decision in Flores v. BNLR et al., SCAP-17-0000059, in favor of the University of Hawaii and the Board of Land of Natural Resources (BLNR) in an appeal involving the sublease agreement for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). According to the HAWSCT,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Record on Appeal
The Hawaii Supreme Court is currently seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Hawaii Rules of Appellate Procedure. Amendments to HRAP Rules 3 and 4 (found here) clarify the procedure for filing notices of appeal in both civil and criminal cases, including the rules governing when a notice of appeal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Record on Appeal
The ABA's Council on Appellate Lawyers recently published a Manual on Pro Bono Appeals Programs. The Manual relates specifically to state court appeals. It includes pro bono appeal programs from across the US, including Hawaii's Appellate Pro Bono Program. The Manual is available here. Hawaii's Appellate Pro Bono Program is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Record on Appeal
On June 15, 2018, the HAWSCT issued a decision in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-4 Asset Backed Certificates, Series 2007-4 v. Daniel Tsukasa Omiya, SCWC-13-0000133, holding that the acceptance of a deed by the Land Court and the assignment of a new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Record on Appeal
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For the first time since the ICA was established, it has its first female Chief Judge. On April 24, 2018, ICA Associate Judge Lisa Ginoza was sworn in as Chief Judge of the court. (* Photo from the Hawaii Judiciary's website: Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Chief Judge Ginoza, newly sworn... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Record on Appeal
A few months ago, the HSBA Appellate Section hosted a discussion on Hawaii Supreme Court certiorari practice. The speakers were appellate attorney Peter Esser and retired HAWSCT Associate Justice Steven Levinson. The speakers provided many insights and practice pointers, including: It is important to consider the factors that could influence... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Record on Appeal
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This blogger is proud to be serving her third term as an Oahu Director on the HSBA Board! With all of the other dedicated men and women who serve our bar. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Record on Appeal
On February 23, 2018, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals issued an opinion, authored by Chief Judge Nakamura, affirming a lower court’s decision in Cervelli et al. v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast et al., CAAP-13-0000806, holding that a local bed and breakfast violated Hawaii’s Public Accommodation Law by refusing to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Record on Appeal
The Hawaii State Bar Association will hold its annual Bar Convention tomorrow, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The HSBA Appellate Section will once again host a morning session. If you are not already registered, you can register at the door. This year's Appellate session is scheduled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Record on Appeal
The rule in Hawaii is well established that, unless an exception applies, appeals may only be take from final judgments or appealable orders. That rule has been come to be known as the Jenkins rule, named for the case Jenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright, 76 Haw. 115, 869... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Record on Appeal
As we've reported in the past, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals visits Honolulu three times per year to hold oral arguments. A three-judge panel of the court will once again be in town next Wednesday, October 11, 2017. While in town, the three judges will hold an Question and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Record on Appeal
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The Summer 2017 issue of the ABA's Dialogue, an online publication, includes an article on Hawaii's Appellate Pro Bono Program co-authored by this blogger. The article, entitled, "Increasing Support for Appellate Litigants: The Hawaii Appellate Pro Bono Program, is available here. The Program is a partnership between the Hawaii State... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Record on Appeal
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This blogger is proud to be part of the Hawaii State Bar Association's Board of Directors with many other great attorneys who have a strong foundation in community service: Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Record on Appeal
On June 15, 2017, the HAWSCT issued a decision in Trust Created Under the Will of Samuel M. Damon, Deceased, SCWC-12-0000731, a case we designated as a writ to watch here, vacating the probate court’s approval of a trust accounting because beneficiaries of the Damon Estate Trust were not provided... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Record on Appeal
On June 7, 2017, the HAWSCT issued a decision in O’Grady v. State of Hawaii, SCAP-14-0001363, a case we designated as a writ to watch here, holding that the circuit court erred in its application of legal causation (i.e. proximate cause), and that the State of Hawaii is not relieved... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Record on Appeal
On July 6, 2017, the HAWSCT will hear oral arguments in a case it accepted for transfer in March: Richard Nelson III, et al. v. Hawaiian Homes Commission, et al., SCAP-16-0000496. The main issue in the case is the amount of funds necessary for the State to meet its constitutional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Record on Appeal