July 5, 2002
The Hawaii chapter of the American Judicature Society has formed a special committee to review issues relating to the state’s judicial merit selection and retention process.
The Special Committee on Judicial Selection and Retention will consult with the Judicial Selection Commission, judges, the Hawaii Bar Association and community organizations. It will then make recommendations to the board of the Hawaii chapter of the American Judicature Society.
The society is a nonprofit organization that addresses concerns related to judicial selection, juries, court administration, ethics in the courts and the public’s understanding of the justice system. The organization also assists the state in organizing and advising the Judicial Selection Commission, which screens applicants and submits a list of potential judges to the governor.
As members of the special committee, the chapter named: Robert Alm, senior vice president of public affairs, Hawaiian Electric Co. Circuit Judges Marcia Waldorf, Gary W.B. Chang, Reynaldo Graulty, Virginia Crandall and Victoria Marks lawyers Daniel Case, Bert Kobayashi Jr., Margaret Masunaga and Gerald Sekiya Jo Kamae Byrne, president, Honolulu Information Services Momi Cazimero, former vice chairwoman, Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission Leonardo Hoshijo, education director, Hawaii Carpenters Union Beverly Ann Deepe Keever, professor of journalism, University of Hawaii’ and Kenneth Matsuura, president, GE Capital Hawaii.
Lawrence Okinaga, past president of the American Judicature Society, will be an ex-officio member of the committee.
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