Author: Louise K. Y. Ing

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser recently noted “Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak . . . is the worst in the country since 2003.”  As of September 6, 2016, the State of Hawai’i Department of Health (“DOH”) has confirmed 241 cases of Hepatitis A across the state.. On August 8th, our… Continue Reading
Since the Hawai‘i legislature enacted the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) in 2012, procedures have been streamlined for attorneys in other UIDDA states to issue subpoenas and discovery requests across the Pacific Ocean. Although each state’s version of the UIDDA is not quite as “uniform” as might be… Continue Reading
Watch any televised sporting event, and at the end of the game the star player from the winning team will say she or he’s glad they won, but she and the team have to get better for the next game. Although it’s become a sports cliché, professionals in every walk… Continue Reading
Violent tragedies like the recent shooting in Virginia of a news crew by an embittered former employee are a good reminder of the value of employment practices and policies aimed at preventing violence in the workplace and litigation that can follow on the heels of such tragedies. Hawai`i is not… Continue Reading
Know the Rules in Hawai`i’s Federal Court By Kee Campbell and Louise Ing We have previously posted here and here about the below-market rates awarded in the United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i.  In light of these low rates, practitioners seeking adequate compensation must ensure that their fee applications conform to the Local Rules.  Courts in this district often employ percentage reductions to reduce fees, and these reductions can be significant.  The key is to know the rules as you bill time, so that the time entries themselves clearly convey the nature of the work done and the value added to the case. Continue Reading
More Guidance on Attorneys' Fees Awards in Hawai`i’s Federal Court By Kee Campbell and Louise Ing As an update to our previous post on this topic (see “Fee Factors”) we have compiled additional tips for practitioners on motions for and awards of attorneys' fees in the United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i. Continue Reading
Do the honorable thing and don’t tell that to the judge. By Louise Ing You are in the midst of an incisive argument to the court, yet the judge disagrees with your point.  On the tip of your tongue is, "With all due respect, Your Honor...."  But wait, do you say it, or should you keep that overused phrase to yourself?  Let your opponent say it if he or she dares (think about how often you hear lawyers flinging that phrase around in court).  For yourself, the better part of valor is to ban it from your courtroom vocabulary. Continue Reading
Practice tips from Hawai`i’s Federal Magistrate Judges Kurren, Chang, and Puglisi By Jessica Cooney and Louise Ing In the February 2014 issue of the Hawai`i Bar Journal, Hawai`i Federal Magistrate Judges Barry M. Kurren, Kevin S.C. Chang, and Richard Puglisi were interviewed about their expectations for lawyers practicing in their courts. Continuing a path of past panel discussions featuring Hawai`i judges, the overarching themes of the interviews were: preparation, credibility, and civility. Continue Reading
By Louise Ing Or, “What should I take home in my briefcase when a pineapple just won’t fit?”  Long breaks during a mediation session can result in all kinds of topics being discussed, as parties and counsel wait for a caucus with the mediator.  As a result, in between our posts about law and procedure, we’ve written on a lighter note about the most frequently asked questions from visiting lawyers and clients, such as “What should I wear in court?”  or “Where should I eat after a long day in court?”  One of the topics that arose during a recent Honolulu mediation was the critical mission given to our Mainland-based clients by their office staff: “Bring back cookies from Big Island Candies!” That led to a broader discussion, one open to lively debate, of favorite goodies to bring back from Hawai`i for friends, co-workers and family. In Hawai`i (and Japan, where the word originated), we commonly refer to such treats as “omiyage” – candies and other edible gifts to take home from travels for co-workers and family. Continue Reading
Hawai`i’s newest federal judge talks shop By Kevin White and Louise Ing On June 20, 2013, the Hawai`i Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted a brownbag “talk story” with newly minted U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Kahala Watson.  The overflow crowd enjoyed a frank, hour-long discussion moderated by Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing President and FBA-Hawai`i Chapter President Paul Alston and class action litigator and William S. Richardson School of Law lecturer Sherry Broder. Continue Reading