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Honolulu lawyer named to Judicial Selection Commission

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:56 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Honolulu lawyer Patricia Kim Park to the Judicial Selection Commission, the governor's office announced Tuesday.

The appointment is effective immediately, the office said. The term expires April 1, 2017.

"Patricia has a deep understanding and respect for the state Constitution as well as a strong track record of protecting the rights and interests of the people of Hawaii," the governor said in the announcement.

Park replaces Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy, who left the commission when the governor appointed him last month to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

The commission screens judicial candidates and decides whether judges and justices serve succeeding terms.







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Mythman wrote:
With respect to the state constitution, as cited in the story, the majority population that framed it did so in such a way as to marginalize the native Hawaiian and formulate the laws of the state in such a way that they work to the extreme disadvantage of the 1921 native Hawaiian while working to the extreme advantage of the majority population that wrote it. Rice seemed to be saying it is an unconstitutional constitution in this regard but no one who is part of the state government would ever admit it as such. Race is an issue and local politics has a way of keeping it alive and I sincerely hope it is not in play in this regard.
on December 17,2013 | 04:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
You must have read a different article, this one is about the judicial selection committee, not disadvantage Hawaiians .
on December 17,2013 | 04:09PM
copperwire9 wrote:
He apparently can't help himself, poor t'ing. Everything he writes is about race.
on December 17,2013 | 09:05PM
Mythman wrote:
If Mr Say and Mr copper were not blind followers and actually read the constitution of the state they would also be aware of the racial nature of it. Or they could just read the opinion in Rice, which highlights its racial nature. But then again, as being in charge as the dominant race, why would they bother. the above article says the following "Patricia has a deep understanding and respect for the state Constitution". Does this "understanding" encompass that it is probably an unconstitutional constitution?
on December 18,2013 | 04:09AM
hawaiiatty wrote:
Pat Park is a wonderful woman, but she is in her 70s. Most of the prospective attorneys she will be considering for judgeships are in their 40s, and are unlikely to be known to her. The governor's nomination of Ms. Park was an extremely poor choice.
on December 17,2013 | 08:13PM
Mythman wrote:
It is probably a choice made foremost on the basis of her race not her legal acumen. Or she was recommended by the party to Neil.
on December 18,2013 | 04:10AM
kahuku01 wrote:
hawaiiatty/Mythman: hawaiiatty: I would think that because Pat is in her 70's and most of the prospective attorneys being considered for judgeships are in their 40's, and unlikely to be known to her, it would make it easier for her to select them by their past performance and resume and not by using the all famous who you know concept. Explain yourself; why was the governor's appointment an extremely poor choice. Was it because you or others that you're associated with was never considered or appointed? Mythman: Don't even go there...using race as the reason for being appointed. the governor is White and Park is Asian..so how are you using her appointment made foremost on the basis of her race but not her legal acumen. You both have very poor and weak reasons, something that people with intelligence would never mention or even give it a thought. Congratulations Pat, and I wish you the best and I know you will do the best for the good of all Hawaii. One thing for sure, there will always be a few that would become offended and use unrealistic and negative reasons that don't pertain to the subject.
on December 18,2013 | 05:41AM
Mythman wrote:
Lawyers holding superior positions to Pat or Neil (who is not a lawyer, his PhD I think is in history) scolded Hawaii in several decisions that the state's constitution is probably racial in a way and as such is probably unconstitutional. The governor said he appointed her because she has a good knowledge of the state's constitution. This raises the question of does she appreciate that the state constitution is more than likely unconstitutional in that it was put together by a racial group and as such excludes fair treatment for native Hawaiians. If you do not think this is a rational concern then it is you who is unreasonable. Why doesn't the nominee herself respond to this question in these comments right now instead of using a surrogate to do so for her?
on December 18,2013 | 06:56AM
hawaiiatty wrote:
A resume tells you nothing about whether an attorney will be a good judge. You need to know the person.
on December 18,2013 | 08:43AM
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