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Hawaii Supreme Court hearing oral argument in Hilo


WHAT: Hawaii Supreme Court Convening on Big Island

WHO: Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald Associate Justice Paula Nakayama
Associate Justice Simeon Acoba, Jr.
Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna
Associate Justice Richard Pollack
Joy A. San Buenaventura, Attorney for Petitioner Andrew S. Iwashita, Attorney for Respondent

WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3

WHERE: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. In addition to students from UH Hilo, students from area schools such as Connections New Century Public Charter School, Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science, Hilo High School, Laupahoehoe High, Waiakea High School, Keaau High School and St. Joseph School have confirmed their attendance.

This is believed to be the first time that the Hawaii Supreme Court will convene to hear a case on the Big Island. This is part of the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community outreach program, which aims to educate students and the general public about the Judiciary’s role in government and its function in resolving disputes in a democratic society.

The court will hear Collins v. Wassel, a divorce case which raises property division issues. A brief case description and summary of the issues on appeal may be viewed at:‎

To prepare for the oral argument, the participating juniors and seniors from each school are studying a curriculum developed by the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

The students’ study will culminate in a moot court activity facilitated by members of the Hawaii County Bar Association. Support for bringing the students to and from UH Hilo and providing their lunches has been provided by the Hawaii State Bar Association.

The oral argument is open to the public.

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