David Sakoda is the new Marine Law Fellow at the Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources. In this role, he will work closely with staff biologists and program managers to address marine law issues, review reef- and fisheries-related statutes and rules for amendment, and support for the enforcement of DAR resource damage cases before the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
Prior to this fellowship, David served for two years as the law clerk for The Honorable Gary W. B. Chang. He received his Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2010 with an Environmental Law Certificate, and he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Wheaton College. In addition, as a lifelong fisherman, free-diver, and ocean enthusiast, David brings with him a unique understanding of Hawaii’s marine resource conservation and management issues.