Advocates for Public Interest Law Pick of the Year Award

I was recently awarded the Outstanding APIL Pick of the Year Award.FullSizeRender
This award was for: “Maile’s devotion to public interest law through her work at Legal Aid – Waianae, as a past supervisor to APIL Grantees, a past APIL member, and for her continuing support of APIL.”




Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) also recognized other awardees:

Faculty Award (Justin Levinson).  “We present this award for: Justin’s dedicated support of APIL over the past ten years as the faculty advisor to the group.  His guidance and assistance to the group and especially the student board has been instrumental in APIL’s success.”

Alumni Award (Elizabeth Kent).  “We present this award for: Elizabeth’s tremendous and continued support of APIL since her time as a WSRSL student and member of APIL’s 1985 founding class through today.”

Non-Profit Award (Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii).  “We present this award for: VLSH’s collaborative work to create the new Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program,which was approved by the Court on August 7, 2015.”

Corporate Award (Bronster Fujichaku Robbins).  “Bronster Fujichaku Robbins’ devotion to pro bono work, including their recent collaborative efforts to maintain critical medical services for COFA citizens and other lawful residents of Hawai‘i.”

Here is a link to photos taken by James Strange (UH William S. Richardson School of Law class of 2017), from the APIL event on 02/26/16:

Mahalo nui loa to APIL for bestowing these great honors, and for all the excellent work you do to promote and foster attorneys dedicated to public service!

Pictured (left to right) Michelle Acosta (Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii), Justin Levinson (Faculty), Cassandra Chang (’17, APIL Grant recipient), Kara Teng (’17, 7th Annual Chris Iijima Fellow), Justine Herrera (VLSH), Catherine Aubuchon, Bronster Fujichaku Robbins, Rebecca Copeland (Appellate Attorney), Senator Maile Shimabukuro, Josh Korr (VLSH), Elizabeth Kent (’85)



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