Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium: Hawaii Legislative Process 101

ELP and the Filipino Law Student Association (FLSA) partnered to bring FLSA’s first “Anti-Imperialist Lawyering Series: the Hawaiʻi Legislative Process 101” featuring law students and FSLA president, Khara Jabola-Carolus (’15) and ELP RA Shae Kamakaʻala (’14). Khara and Shae took a Legislative Drafting course in the Fall 2013 semester where they learned the ins and outs of the legislative process in Hawaiʻi and drafted a drone use regulation bill that was introduced by WSRSL alumna Representative Della Au Belatti (’04) in the 2014 legislative session.

Khara and Shae were inspired to de-mistify the legislative process for Richardson’s law students and make this tool of social change more readily available to our future attorneys. They explained the legislative process through engaging pop quiz questions, gave examples of pono leadership in our state legislature and pro-people legislation, and briefed students on several important bills this session, such as the minimum wage (presented by Morgan Evans (’14), access to justice, and gmo and pesticide related bills.

Students were excited to get involved in the legislative process and to have learned a little more from their own peers. Mahalo to Khara and Shae and to FLSA and ELP for hosting such a great event!

Picture: (Left to Right, 1st Row) Rachel Gonzalez (’15), Nadine Ortega (’15), Julie Suen (’15); (2nd Row) Sharde Freitas (’14), Leotele Togafau (’15), Justine Chmielewski (’15), Shae Kamakaʻala (’14); (3rd row) Laura Cushman (’15), Daylin Heather (’14), Morgan Evans (’14), Kevin Richardson (’14), Professor Forman (’93), and Khara Jabola-Carolus (’15).