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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – Associate Judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals Nominees

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in JSC Press Releases, Judicial Selection Commission

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The governor, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts, by appointing a person from a list of not less than four, and not more than six, nominees for the vacancy, presented to the governor by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the anticipated judicial vacancy of Associate Judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaii. The judicial office will become vacant upon the retirement of Associate Judge Lawrence M. Reifurth in August 2019.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office in the Intermediate Court of Appeals are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Rebecca A. Copeland
  • David M. Forman
  • Geoffrey K. S. Komeya
  • Karen T. Nakasone
  • John M. Tonaki
  • Clyde J. Wadsworth

The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.


  • Total Applicants: 11; 4 Females; 7 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 5
  • Private Attorneys: 4
  • Judges: 1
  • Per Diem Judge: 1
  • Other: 1
  • Age Range: 1 (31-40); 4 (41-50); 5 (51-60); 1 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 11 years to 34 years

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