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The Hawaii Access to Justice Conference sponsored by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission attracted over 250 attendees at the all-day event at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa on Friday, June 24, 2016.

The keynote speaker was Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.  He is currently Of Counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department.  Judge Lippman served as Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals from February 2009 through December 2015.  As the state’s Chief Judge, he championed equal access to justice issues in New York and around the country and took the leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services.

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald and former Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba (ret.), Chair, Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, provided opening remarks.

Conference Agenda for the 2016 Access to Justice Conference

Opening remarks of Justice Simeon Acoba (ret.)

Welcoming remarks of Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald

“Shifting the Landscape on Access to Justice” by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman (ret.)

Summaries of various conference workshops and the closing panel are noted below:

“Engaging the Community in Access to Justice”

“Landlord-Tenant Mediation: Working Together to Prevent Homelessness”

“Affordable Housing Issues”

“Innovations in Expanding Access to Justice

“Problem-Solving Homelessness”

“Implicit Bias and Access to Justice”

“Divorce: Challenges for Access to Justice”

Pursuit for Meaningful Justice for All” closing panel