On December 13, 2011, the Hawai`i Supreme Court amended Rule 6.1 of the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct (“HRPC”) and adopted HRPC Rule 6.5.   The amendment to Rule 6.1 allows a $500 monetary contribution in lieu of the recommended minimum of 50 hours of pro bono service hours per … [read more]

On April 18, 2011, the Hawai`i Supreme Court amended Supreme Court Rules 1.4 and 1.7, allowing military attorneys to apply for limited admission without having to pay for a character report and expanding representation of military personnel to those enlisted in grades E-1 through E-5, effective on July 1, 2011. … [read more]

On February 24, 2011, the Hawai`i Supreme Court adopted Supreme Court Rule 1.16, allowing limited admission of attorneys employed by non-profit civil legal service providers for a period of two years, with a possible extension of an additional two years, effective on July 1, 2011.   Order Adopting Rule 1.16 … [read more]

On July 15, 2010, the Hawaii Supreme Court entered its Order Adopting Comment 5 to Rule 2.2 of the Hawaii Revised Code of Judicial Conduct.   Rule 2.2 provides as follows:   Rule 2.2    IMPARTIALITY AND FAIRNESS A judge shall uphold and apply the law* and shall perform all … [read more]