August 9, 2022


Let'S Talk Law

Ige Appoints Deputy Prosecutor To Intermediate Courtroom Of Appeals

Gov. David Ige on Friday appointed Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Legal professional Sonja McCullen to a vacant seat on the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Ige mentioned in a push launch announcing the appointment that McCullen “possesses the authorized abilities, understanding, and temperament to serve the people of Hawaii on the Intermediate Courtroom of Appeals.”

McCullen has worked at the prosecutor’s workplace for 11 yrs, having formerly served in the appellate division of that place of work, according to the push launch. She has also been a staff lawyer at United Public Staff, a person of the state’s premier public worker unions, an investigator for the point out Criminal offense Sufferer Compensation Commission and clerked for Affiliate Justice Paula Nakayama.

Deputy Honolulu Prosecutor Sonja McCullen has been appointed to a emptiness in the Intermediate Court docket of Appeals. 

McCullen is also a former Waianae Superior School instructor, in accordance to the push launch. She acquired her law diploma from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Manoa.

McCullen’s appointment is issue to confirmation by the Senate.

“If confirmed by the Senate, I will carry on to work my most difficult in this new purpose, with the similar spirit of public service and aloha for Hawaiʻi and all its persons,” McCullen explained in a assertion.

 The announcement that Ige will be appointing a feminine attorney to a post on the appellate court docket comes a week right after his final appointment, Dan Gluck, was turned down by the Senate.

Gluck, the executive director of the condition Ethics Fee, asked the governor to withdraw his nomination soon after struggling with calls to do so. Gluck was also intensely criticized for his evident absence of courtroom practical experience compared to the other folks on the record of ICA candidates.

The hearings on Gluck’s affirmation renewed discussion above the diversity of Hawaii’s judiciary, wherever adult males nonetheless much outnumber females across the condition courtroom technique.