Governor names Nakasone to Circuit Court

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Neil Abercrombie Monday named Deputy Public Defender Karen Tooko Nakasone to serve on the First Circuit Court.

"Karen Nakasone reflects a broad and deep understanding of Hawai'i, its rich heritage and recognition of the role the judiciary plays in contemporary society," said Governor Abercrombie. "She provides a fresh quality and judicial temperament which will serve well as a judge of the First Circuit."

Nakaone, 41, has been a Deputy Public Defender in Honolulu since 1996.

She earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. Ms. Nakasone also studied at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She is a graduate of Hawai'i Baptist Academy.

If confirmed by the state Senate, Nakasone would fill the seat vacated by Sabrina McKenna, who now sits on the Hawaii Supreme Court.

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