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Judge Margaret K. Masunaga

Judge Masunaga was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald as Judge of the District Court of the Third Circuit in 2014. 

Judge Masunaga is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a public servant for over twenty-two years, as Deputy Corporation Counsel and Deputy Planning Director for the County of Hawaii, and Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii.  Judge Masunaga also worked in the private sector with the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. 

Judge Masunaga served six years on the Hawaii Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and American Bar Association State Delegate for Hawaii, and former officer and board member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and West Hawaii Bar Association.

She is the recipient of the U.S. President’s Gold Recipient Volunteer Service Award, ABA Nelson Award for outstanding contribution, Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation Public Service Award, Hawaii Lawyers Care Spirit of Neighbor Island Award, and Hawaii State Bar Association YLD Justice Award.