Hawai‘i Supreme Court: indigent parents have the right to court-appointed counsel during child welfare proceedings


Local civil rights advocates praise decision as necessary safeguard for fair court procedure January 7, 2014 HONOLULU – In a unanimous opinion, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled on 1/6/14 that indigent parents have a constitutional right to legal counsel in cases where the State seeks to place their children into the foster care system. Prior […]

Hawaii Supreme Court to hear oral arguments 12/5/13 on case involving the due process rights of indigent parents in child welfare proceedings

Extensive “friend of the court” brief in support of the right to court-appointed counsel was filed by Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation. In the Interest of TM to be heard Thursday, 12/5/13 at 8:45 a.m. at Ali‘iolani Hale Honolulu […]

2013 Bill of Rights Day Haiku Challenge is On!

Our 3rd annual haiku challenge is on! People in Hawaii and around the world are invited to flex their poetic skills in reflection on the U.S. Constitutionʻs Bill of Rights – celebrating the 222nd anniversary of its ratification. Join the challenge here: http://acluhi.org/know-your-rights/bor_hc/

ACLU of Hawaii settles 1st Amendment lawsuit, Maui County to amend rules


The people of Maui need no longer fear arbitrary enforcement of harsh County rules against holding signs along public roadways. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (“ACLU”) has settled a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of the ACLU’s members and Maui plaintiffs Chuck Carletta and Mele Stokesberry. The suit – filed after […]

International drug law reform expert to speak in Honolulu, 11/1/13

All the best to our colleagues at the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i. Ethan Nadelmann is a compelling speaker! “CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SCIENCE, REASON AND COMPASSION ” The Drug  Policy Forum of Hawai`i’s 20th Anniversary Event Friday, November 1, 2013 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Kapi`olani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road Ohelo Building […]