January 20 Hawaii Women Lawyers Rally Like It’s 1973
to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
HONOLULU, HAWAII, January 13, 2023 – Hawaii Women Lawyers, in collaboration with
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, the Hawaiʻi Abortion Collective and ʻŌiwi TV
invite the public and community leadersto join us in commemorating the last 50 years
since the landmark decision Roe v. Wade and to learn about Hawaiʻi’s ongoing efforts to
support reproductive justice and freedom for all persons.
"The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization has been devastating
but not defeating,” said Molly Stebbins, President of Hawaii Women Lawyers. “Hawaii
Women Lawyers stands with the many other groups and individuals across our
community who are mobilizing to ensure that in Hawaiʻi there continues to be safe
reproductive healthcare accessfor all, regardless of place of residence, and that our
medical professionals are protected against any efforts by other states to impose the
reach of their abortion bans and restrictions on Hawaiʻi. Together we must remain
steadfast in our commitment to protecting all people’s fundamental right to bodily
The January 20th event will consist of a rally and panel discussion:
11:00 a.m. Rally at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Rotunda
1. Hawaii Women Lawyers
2. Executive Branch
3. Member of the House of Representatives
4. Member of the Senate
5. Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates
6. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Auditorium
“Seeking Reproductive Freedom after Roe and Dobbs:
Fighting Back for Today and the Next 50 Years”
Moderated by Hawaii Women Lawyers
1. The Hawaiʻi Abortion Collective
2. Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
3. Generation Action
4. Legal Expert
Additionally, there are two live viewing options hosted by ʻŌiwi TV:
Panel Discussion: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86434419100
2. Hawaii Women Lawyers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiwomenlawyers
ABOUT HAWAII WOMEN LAWYERS
Hawaii Women Lawyers is a non-profit organization comprised of over 300 female and
male attorneys. We are committed to improving the lives and careers of women
attorneys, influencing the future of our legal profession, enhancing the status of women
and promoting equal opportunities for all. Visit www.hawaiiwomenlawyers.org.
ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD ALLIANCE ADVOCATES
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization educating residents and policymakers about reproductive health issues in Alaska,
Hawai‘i, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky and Washington. PPAA lobbies and educates to advance
Planned Parenthood's mission and engages in limited electoral activities. Visit
ABOUT THE HAWAIʻI ABORTION COLLECTIVE
The Hawaiʻi Abortion Collective is a coalition dedicated to strengthening abortion rightsin
Hawaiʻi and to improving accessto abortion care on all islands. HAC includes licensed
medical providers, public service attorneys, faith-based leaders, government officials,
anti-violence experts, abolitionists, and community organizers and organizations united in
our respect for women and people who can get pregnant. We come from family-oriented,
māhū -inclusive and women-led cultures. Visit www.hawaiiabortioncollective.com.
ABOUT ʻŌIWI TV
ʻŌiwi TV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on perpetuating the Hawaiian language and
perspective in media. It develops and produces Native Hawaiian education, language
and cultural multimedia content for television and digital distribution. Visit www.oiwi.tv.
Hawaii Women Lawyers has extended the sale of its "We Dissent" t-shirts and tank tops!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 20, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood Hawaii.
Highlights 2021 - 2022
In the 2021-2022 year, HWL has:
Written and submitted an amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson.
Submitted comments in support of the new proposed rule of the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct to specifically address sexual harassment in the legal community, a rule which ultimately passed.
Drafted and submitted a letter to the editor of the Star Advertiser drawing attention to the perpetuation of gender stereotypes in their coverage.
Advocated to urge our Congressional representatives to take action to protect women in Afghanistan, following the devastating humanitarian crisis after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Co-sponsored the "Rewriting the Rules: Celebrating 50 Years of Title 9" - a series of programs held throughout the spring to celebrate, honor, criticize, and challenge us to think about the importance of Title IX and its legacy.
Hosted a "Title IX and the Judiciary" panel discussion in May 2022, featuring The Honorable Helen Gillmor, the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, the Honorable Leslie Kobayashi, and the Honorable Jill Otake.
Co-hosted a lei ceremony on June 23, 2022, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX with featured speakers, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, and Justice Sabrina S. McKenna, in front of the Patsy Mink statue.
Resumed the "So You Want to be a Judge" workshop series in December 2021, with a conversation with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald on the judicial evaluation and selection process.
Served on the Joint Committee on Judicial Selection, established by the Hawaii Legislature, which studied the judicial selection process and issued a report of findings and recommendations to strengthen the process.
Promoted judicial equity by encouraging relevant decisionmakers to appoint and confirm qualified women to the bench
Discussed and began the process of implementing a Judicial Pipeline Program through the use of a survey to gauge interest and discussions with current members of the Judiciary regarding participation.
Co-hosted an HSBA Annual Bar Convention Seminar in October 2021, titled "From Theory to Practice: How Attorneys of All Genders Are Becoming Allies for Women and Changing the Legal Profession."
Presented a CLE on "Civility, Diversity & Inclusion" in January 2022, in conjunction with the HSBA, in January 2022.
Sponsored a CLE presented by the HSBA Well-Being Committee on "Strategies to Develop Well-Being & Resilience" in March 2022.
Hosted a panel on "How to Be Successful in the Government Sector" in March 2022.
Honored our HWL 2021 Annual Awardees with a Legislative Certificate Presentation in front of the Patsy Mink Statue on International Women's Day in March 2022.
Announced our HWL 2022 Annual Awardees, who are:
Outstanding Woman Lawyer: Representative Sylvia Luke
Outstanding Judicial Achievement: Honorable Dayna Dias Beamer (ret.)
Lifetime Achievement: Avi Soifer
Distinguished Service: Jenny Silbiger
President's Award: Lynn Costales
*For more information on our HWL Annual Awardees, please visit our Annual Awards page HERE.
Hosted a panel on "How to Succeed in Rainmaking" in April 2022.
Resumed HWL's popular Mentoring Circles.
Discussed and began the process of implementing a Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program to complement our traditional mentorship circles.
Began using HWL Connect, providing HWL members with a community space to connect, support one another, and to share practical tips, resources, recommendations, experiences, career opportunites. Members can also use HWL Connect to ask for or give advice, and share other information that is relevant and supports HWL's mission.
Hosted a lighthearted and fun BINGO event via Zoom in October 2021.
HWL's Legislative Committee continued their hard work during the legislative session, monitoring legislation at the State level that may impact the lives of women and families, and provided testimony relating to that legislation, when appropriate.
HWL continued its annual tradition of staffing the Access to Justice Room at the Honolulu District Court in September 2021.
Resumed our traditional After-Holiday Goodies Drive, collecting 75lbs of food that was donated to Aloha Harvest.
Co-sponsored the POWER Act 2022 event to provide education on volunteer and pro bono opportunities to assist survivors of domestic violence.
See a List HERE for Leadership Training Opportunities!