Honolulu attorney appointed to judicial commission

HONOLULU (AP) - The governor has appointed a Honolulu attorney to serve on the state Judicial Selection Commission.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Patricia Kim Park's appointment on Tuesday. She will fill the vacancy left by Jeffrey Portnoy, who stepped down after he was appointed to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

The commission selects qualified nominees for judicial vacancies. Park's term expires April 2017.

According to the governor's office, Park began her career as a law clerk to Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Jack Mizuha. She's a former deputy attorney general, deputy prosecuting attorney and per diem Honolulu District Court judge. She's currently managing partner of the law firm she formed with her husband.

Park is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the University of Michigan Law School.

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