The American Judicature Society sponsors an annual event called the Sidebar Program, which offers a unique opportunity to observe a moderated discussion of issues and challenges faced by young attorneys, as analyzed by a panel of distinguished judges. The Sidebar Program promotes networking and small-group discussions with the judges. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the Sidebar Program was conducted at the Hawaii Supreme Court in the month of July. Summer associates and young lawyers were encouraged to participate in this informative
program.

Previous Sidebar Programs featured the following jurists:

  • Hon. Richard R. Clifton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Hon. J. Michael Seabright, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court
  • Hon. Leslie E. Kobayashi, U.S. District Court
  • Hon. Paula A. Nakayama, Hawai‘i Supreme Court
  • Hon. Mark E. Recktenwald, Chief Justice, Hawai‘i Supreme Court
  • Hon. Gary W.B. Chang, First Circuit Court, Hawai‘i
  • Hon. Bert I. Ayabe, First Circuit Court, Hawai‘i