Judge M. Kanani Laubach
M. Kanani Laubach was appointed by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald as judge of the District Family Court of the Third Circuit (Island of Hawai’i).
Judge Laubach previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the City and County of Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney in the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor Jury Demand, and Felony Trials divisions from 2003-2006.
She then served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the County of Hawaii Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, where she worked on criminal cases in District, Family, and Circuit Court. In 2007, she joined the Violent Crime Unit and was tasked with prosecuting violent crime cases ranging from child sex assault to homicide from 2006-2010.
Judge Laubach entered private practice in 2011 handling cases involving criminal, family, and civil litigation/collection matters.
Judge Laubach graduated from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 2003, and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar the same year. She is also a graduate of Chaminade University of Hawaii where she received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000.