Why teaching about the law is important:
Many people do not realize that law permeates their lives every day in every way. The water we drink is subject to regulations and laws. Education and employment opportunities are governed by laws. Buying food, making a bank deposit, driving a car - everything we do is governed by laws. My goal is to help people understand the law. I teach judges, teachers, students, and the public.
I have taught over twenty years at The National Judicial College. In July 2016 and July 2018, I was invited to teach at the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China as part of its world wide Immersion Program. I taught introductory law courses culminating in a mock trial as well as a Law and Literature course culminating in a creative program.
Why teaching writing and the art of story is important:
Ultimately what makes us human is our ability to feel and convey those feelings. People express themselves through a variety of ways - art, music, film, dance and writing. I love to help people feel the joy of making words dance on a page.
Please contact me if you would like a school visit or other presentation.
The National Judicial College, Board of Trustees, 2017 - present, Secretary 2019-2020, Trustee, Faculty 1995-2017
American Bar Association Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, 2019-2020
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education, 2014 - 2019
American Bar Association Presidential Commission on Education, 2016-2017
Hawai`i State Bar Association Delegate to the American Bar Association, Two-year term, 2019 - present
Hawai`i State Bar Association: Civic Education Committee Member
Hawai`i Women Lawyers, President 1986
National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, President, 2016-2017
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i, Vice Chair, 2005 to 2018
Hawaii Justice Foundation, Board Member, Grant Committee member
Access to Justice, Committee on Initiatives, 2016
William S. Richardson School of Law, Hawai`i Emerging Legal Practitioners, Program member, 2015 to 2017
William S. Richardson School of Law, Summer Law and Justice Program, Planning member, 2014 to2017
National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
The following articles were written during my career as a lawyer and judge:
HAWAII BAR JOURNAL: BLANCO: Why a Reasonable Person with a Gun Cannot Cause an Accident
JUSTICE FOR ALL: Resources for Peace and Law-related Education >
HAWAII BAR JOURNAL: PONO KAULIKE: A Pilot Restorative Justice Program >
FEDERAL PROBATION: A Hawaii Criminal Court Provides Restorative Justice Practices >
HONOLULU ADVERTISER: Mediation and Arbitration are alternatives to filing suit >
FINAL VERDICT: Six videos: Kathleen Garcia v. Gerald Hansen (Negligence in an automobile accident), State v. James Cummings (Driving Under the Influence (DUI)), State v. Jonathan Schaeffer (Abuse of a household member), State v. Randall Turlock (Murder with an insanity defense); Paul Willis v. Shelley Woodard (probate/contract); Barbara Lee v. Robert Thompson and Honolulu National Savings Bank (sexual harassment); plus A Teacher's Guide
The Judges' Journal: Building Your Law-Related Education Dream
Our Rights, Our Lives: A Guide To Women's Legal Rights In Hawaii, first edition 1990; second edition, 1991