The American Judicature Society presents an annual program to increase understanding and awareness of significant judicial issues. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the program followed the annual meeting held at the Pacific Club in Hawaii.

In 2020, as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, the program was held virtually as a stand-alone event.

The following keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators expressed their views at past AJS annual programs:

2020 – Civil Liberties, Judicial Administration, and COVID-19

Keynote Address: Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General of the U.S.

Panelists:

  • Camille Nelson, Dean, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Mark Recktenwald, Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

Moderator: Mark Bennett, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2019 – The Judicial Role in Government

Keynote Address: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

2018 – The “Trump Court” and Its Imprint on Hawaii

Panelists:

  • Douglas S. Chin, Lt. Governor of Hawaii
  • David M. Loui, former Attorney General of Hawaii

Moderator: Robert Toyofuku, AJS Board member

2017 – Justice in the Age of Instagram

Panelists: Judge Barry M. Kurren (ret.), Judge Dexter D. Del Rosario (ret.), Elijah Yip, co-founder, Luminate Law

  • Judge Barry M. Kurren (ret.)
  • Judge Dexter D. Del Rosario (ret.)
  • Elijah Yip, co-founder, Luminate Law

Moderator: Robert Toyofuku, AJS Board member

2016 – Marijuana in Paradise

Keynote Address: Kellye Testy, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

Panelist: Della Au Belatti, Chair, Hawaii House of Representatives Health Committee

Moderator: Robert Toyofuku, AJS Board member

2015 – Judicial Vacancies—Who will fill them? What qualifications are essential?

Panelists:

  • Justice James E. Duffy (ret.), former Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court
  • Judge Gary W. B. Chang, Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit
  • Judge Faye M. Kiyanagi (ret.), Judge, District Court of the First Circuit
  • David L. Fairbanks, former member, Judicial Selection Commission

Moderator: Robert Toyofuku, AJS Board member

2014 – Deshrouding the Judicial Selection Process

Panelists:

  • Doris Ching, Chair, Judicial Selection Commission
  • Clayton Hee, Chair, Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee
  • Calvin Young, President, Hawaii State Bar Association

Moderator: Judge Victoria Marks (ret.)