Hawaii State Bar gives Recktenwald a ‘qualified' rating

Justice Mark Recktenwald
Justice Mark Recktenwald

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Bar Association approves of Governor Lingle's chief justice nominee. Hawaii News Now has learned Mark Recktenwald will get a "qualified" rating from the board of the association at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

The panel will make its recommendation September 1, the day before the full Senate is scheduled to vote on the appointment.

Recktenwald was nominated August 13, a week after Lingle's first choice, state appeals court Judge Katherine Leonard, was rejected by the Senate. Leonard had received an "unqualified" rating from the Bar Association.

By law, the current chief justice, Ronald Moon, must resign before Sept. 4, when he turns 70. The Judiciary says Moon will step down Aug. 31, with Justice Paula Nakayama serving as acting chief justice until a new chief justice is sworn in.    

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