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Comments sought on judicial nominees

The Maui News

Second Circuit District Judges Kirstin Hamman and Blaine Kobayashi are among four nominees to fill a vacant position for 2nd Circuit Court judge.

Wailuku attorney Lance Collins and Honolulu Deputy Corporation Counsel Audrey Stanley also are on the list of nominees that Gov. David Ige received Monday from the Judicial Selection Commission.

He will make a selection to fill the position that has been vacant since the retirement of 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo in May.

Collins, who is in private practice, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from the University of Hawaii and his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hamman has been a District Court judge since June 2018, after serving as a part-time District Court judge since 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, West Oahu, and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Kobayashi currently serves as 2nd Circuit deputy chief judge and has been a District Court judge since October 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his law degree from the University of Oregon.

Stanley works in the litigation division of the corporation counsel’s office in Honolulu. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her law degree at The George Washington University Law School.

The Judicial Selection Commission submitted the list and four other lists for vacancies on 1st and 3rd Circuit Courts on Oahu and Hawaii island “after careful evaluation and investigation of the backgrounds and qualifications of the applicants,” according to a news release from the governor’s office.

There were six applicants, including two women and four men, for the 2nd Circuit Court vacancy. One applicant withdrew before meeting with the commission.

Ige will interview each nominee and is seeking public comment online at governor.hawaii.gov — Contact the Governor or https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/comments-regarding-judicial-nominees/.

The governor has 30 days or until Oct. 13 to make his appointment. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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