Yesterday, Annie Okazaki presented oral argument before the Hawai`i Supreme Court in the first case assigned to the Hawaii State Judiciary’s newly established Pro Bono Appellate Pilot Project . Okazaki volunteered to provide appellate representation of a workers’ compensation claimant in a case where the Supreme Court asked for supplemental briefing on the issue of “Whether the Notice to Improve Performance (“NTIP”) issued to Petitioner was ‘disciplinary action,’ as defined” under Hawai`i’s workers’ compensation statutes, “when viewed in the light of the statutes’ legislative histories.”
The Pro Bono Project was launched in partnership with the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Appellate Section, Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, and was funded in part by the Hawaii State Bar Foundation. The project provides legal representation to people representing themselves in appeals who cannot afford a lawyer. “Annie did a terrific job in presenting her arguments,” said Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Vice President Louise Ing (who is also a board member of the Hawaii State Bar Foundation). “We’re so proud of Annie for taking the time to be a part of this important project.”
More information about the Hawaii Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Project can be found here.