Public input sought on six nominees for Maui Family Court

The Maui News

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald is seeking public comment on six nominees to fill a vacancy in 2nd Circuit District Court.

The nominees, whose names were submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission, are:

• William Bagasol, a deputy public defender on Oahu. He is a graduate of Hastings College of Law at the University of California at San Francisco and was admitted to the state bar in 1987.

• Michelle Drewyer, who has a private law practice and serves as a per diem judge in 2nd Circuit District and Family courts. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1992.

• Kirstin Hamman, who has a private law practice and serves as a per diem judge in 2nd Circuit District Court. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1997.

• Alvin Nishimura, who has a private law practice and serves as a per diem judge in 1st Circuit District Court. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1985.

• Jennifer Oana, who is a Maui County deputy corporation counsel. She is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 2003.

• Bryant Zane, a deputy public defender on Oahu. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1996.

The new judge will fill a vacancy created by the retirement last year of Family Court Judge Keith Tanaka.

Because the chief justice has the discretion to assign judges to the District or District Family Court, comments about the qualifications and character of the nominees may be sent about either assignment.

Comments can be sent in writing to Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald; Supreme Court of Hawaii; 417 S. King St., Honolulu 96813. Comments can be sent by fax to (808) 539-4703 or by email to chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov.

Comments must be postmarked, emailed, faxed or hand delivered by March 22.

Comments will be kept confidential.

The person selected by the chief justice is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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