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Media Advisory: Courts in the Community – Hawaii Supreme Court Holding Oral Argument at the University of Hawaii at Hilo

Posted on Nov 7, 2017 in Press Releases

November 7, 2017

WHAT:  Hawaii Supreme Court convening for oral argument on State v. Russo

WHO:    Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald,
               Associate Justice Paula Nakayama,
               Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna,
               Associate Justice Richard Pollack,
               Associate Justice Michael Wilson,
               Jeffrey Ng (emcee)
               Sheri Tavares and Ryan Caday (moderators)

WHEN:   Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10 to 11 a.m.  Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:  University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center
                 200 W. Kawili Street
                 Hilo, HI 96720

HONOLULU – As part of the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community outreach program, the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The outreach program provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the Judiciary’s role in government and its function in resolving disputes in a democratic society.

To prepare, the participating junior and senior students from Hawaii Island schools study a curriculum developed by the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. The students’ study culminates with a moot court activity facilitated by members of the Hawaii County Bar Association.

The court will hear oral argument in the case of State v. Russo. Photographing and filming the faces of the students in the audience will not be allowed. A few students will be available for on-camera interviews following the event.

Media desiring to film or photograph the argument should file an Application for Extended Coverage with the Chief Clerk’s Office. Only one media outlet need apply. The requirement that media pool coverage from one video camera or one still camera will be waived for this case.

Oral argument will be followed by two separate question-and-answer sessions for the students; one with the attorneys and another with the five justices. The question-and-answer sessions will not be open to the media or the public, for the privacy of the students.

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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