Chief Justice appoints lawyer as Maui district court judge

Chief Justice appoints lawyer as Maui district court judge

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald appointed Kirstin M. Hamman to Maui's District Court on Friday, effectively filling a vacancy left by the retired Keith E. Tanaka.

Hamman had been serving as a part time district court judge since 2014, and the graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law owns her own private practice specializing in family and special education law.

Before holding the judge's seat, she was an attorney with the Maui office of council services, the public defender's office, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Before that, she was a law clerk for Judge Boyd Mossman and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.

Hamman is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and serves on the Board of Horizons' Academy of Maui, as vice-chair of the County Commission on Children and Youth, and secretary of the Maui County Bar Association.

Recktenwald appoints district court judges from a list of no less than six nominees submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission. If she's confirmed by the state Senate, Hamman will serve a term of six years.

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