ej-oo-key-ter: n., Latin

1. A person or thing that educates, especially a teacher, principal, or other person involved in planning or directing education.

2. A teacher.

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: