Maui attorney appointed as judge

Maui attorney Annalisa Bernard was appointed Thursday to fill a position as District

Court judge in the 2nd Circuit.

Bernard has been employed at Wong Leong Cuccia since 2021. Before that, she worked as a Maui County deputy prosecuting attorney from 2015 to 2021 and as a deputy public defender from 2005 to 2015.

She was a law clerk in the 1st Circuit for retired Judge Michael Town and Judge Derrick Chan from 2004 to 2005.

Bernard, a Maui native and Seabury Hall graduate, has been an active member of the Maui County Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association. She also has been a Friends of the Children’s Justice Center board member and Parent Teacher Student Organization board member at Kamehameha Schools Maui.

Bernard graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2005.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald appointed her from a Judicial Selection Commission nomination list he received July 6.

Her appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

The position has been vacant since last year when Judge Kirstin Hamman was appointed to the 2nd Circuit Court bench.


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