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Teacher nominated State Bar president

by Kalamalama staff

Dr. Melvin Masuda, associate professor of law at HPU, was nominated recently for the position of President-Elect for 2004 of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. Masuda is the only academic among the three nominees, who include Hugh Jones, with the state Attorney General’s office, and Richard Turbin, a private practitioner.
 

The election is conducted by mail among Hawai‘i’s 7,000 attorneys. Results will be announced Dec. 5. If elected, Masuda would automatically become President of the State Bar Association in 2005.

“ The odds-on favorite would have to be Turbin,” Masuda said, “because there are far more attorneys in private practice than in government. The smallest group in the Bar is academicians.” Nonetheless, Masuda added, “I’m pleased my nomination draws attention in the legal community and the larger community outside the University to the law programs here at HPU.”

Masuda is former president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar. He has served for years on various Bar committees, and he was editor of the Hawai‘i Bar Journal for two decades. He created the Justice Administration major at HPU and teaches both JADM and business law.

 

 

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