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Young Lawyers celebrate Law Week

PUHI — One of the guests visiting the Ask-A-Lawyer tent on Saturday was federal judge Micah Smith, who took advantage of the early start time of the Grove Farm-sponsored booth.

Smith was on-island because he was a special guest to the Kaua‘i High School graduation, and the early opening offered the judge an opportunity for in-person discussions with the volunteer lawyers before joining the line of shoppers waiting for the designated horn signaling the start of the popular Grove Farm Market.

The Ask-a-Lawyer booths were part of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division celebration of Law Week, which wrapped up on Saturday. Manned by volunteer lawyers, the booths helps educate the public about various areas of the law and offers free in-person legal information.

Booths were established in Honolulu at the Honolulu Kaka‘ako Farmers Market, and expanded to the neighbor island, including Maui, and the Big Island in Hilo and Kona.

Law Week U.S.A. has been celebrated annually in the month of May since 1961, when Congress passed a joint resolution recognizing Law Day U.S.A.

For people who missed the free information and discussion tent, volunteer lawyers are available on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help the public who may not have access to an attorney and need general advice or referrals to nonprofit organizations that can help with their legal problems.

People are able to call 808-537-1868 for the Legal Line Hotline in Honolulu to speak to a lawyer about a variety of legal topics, including landlord and tenant, family law, including divorce and child custody, bankruptcy and estate planning.
Source: The Garden Island

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