§605-1 Attorneys, qualifications. (a) The supreme court may examine, admit, and reinstate as practitioners in the courts of the State, such persons as it may find qualified for that purpose, who have taken the prescribed oath of office. The supreme court shall have the sole power to revoke or suspend the license of any such practitioner.
(b) In order to be licensed by the supreme court, a person shall be of good moral character, and shall satisfy such residence and other requirements as the supreme court may prescribe.
(c) In addition to other qualifications for licensure and conditions for continuing eligibility to hold a license, applicants for licensure, licensees renewing their licenses, and existing licensees shall be in compliance with an order of support as defined in section 576D-1 and has not failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant relating to a paternity or child support hearing.
(d) In addition to other qualifications for licensure and conditions for continuing eligibility to hold a license, applicants for licensure, licensees renewing their licenses, and existing licensees shall be in compliance with any obligation under any student loan, student loan repayment contract, or scholarship contract that financed the licensee's or applicant's education or shall be in compliance with a repayment plan as provided in chapter 436C.
The licensing authority shall not renew or reinstate, or shall deny or suspend any license or application, if the licensing authority has received certification from an administering entity pursuant to chapter 436C that the licensee or applicant is in default or breach of any obligation under any student loan, student loan repayment contract, or scholarship contract that financed the licensee's or applicant's education or has failed to comply with a repayment plan.
The licensing authority in receipt of a certification pursuant to chapter 436C shall, as applicable, and without further review or hearing:
(1) Suspend the license;
(2) Deny the application or request for renewal of the license; or
(3) Deny the request for reinstatement of the license,
and unless otherwise provided by law, shall renew, reinstate, or grant the license only upon receipt of an authorization from the administering entity. [CC 1859, §1065; am L 1921, c 81, §1; RL 1925, §2304; RL 1935, §3603; am L 1937, c 173, §1; RL 1945, §9701; am L 1945, c 226, §1; am L Sp 1949, c 67, §1; RL 1955, §217-1; HRS §605-1; am L 1972, c 184, §1(a); am L 1976, c 76, §1; am L 1997, c 293, §46; am L 2002, c 226, §9; am L 2003, c 133, §13]
Rules of Court
See RSC rules 1, 2; Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct.
Child support enforcement, see RSC rules 1.3(h), 17.1.
Disciplinary proceedings, see Disciplinary Board Rules.
Dishonest conduct, fund for client protection, see RSC rule 10.
Foreign law consultants, see RSC rule 14.
Substance abuse, illness, or infirmity, assistance program, see RSC rule 16.
Law Journals and Reviews
On the matter of lawyers appearing before government agencies, see The Lawyer-Legislator and the Canons of Ethics. 1 HBJ, no. 1, at 11 (1959).
For discussion of residence qualification, see The New Resident: Hawaii's Second-Class Citizen. 5 HBJ, no. 3, at 77 (1968).
The Forgotten Case: Preventing Attorney Neglect. 13 HBJ, no. 2, at 11 (1977).
Student Symposium; Legal Malpractice. 14 HBJ, no. 1, at 3 (1978).
Bringing an End to a Scandal. 15 HBJ, no. 1, at 3 (1980).
Overview of the Hawaii Attorney Discipline System. 22 HBJ, no. 2, at 83 (1980).
Ke Kanawai Mamalahoe: Equality in Our Splintered Profession. 33 UH L. Rev. 249 (2010).
Attorney shall not be employed in matter in which attorney had substantial responsibility while public employee. 397 F. Supp. 1314 (1975).
Power to regulate conduct of attorneys cannot be used to infringe constitutional rights. 397 F. Supp. 1314 (1975).
No conflict between section and disciplinary procedure under Sup. Ct. rule 16. 46 H. 404, 380 P.2d 751 (1963).
Supreme court has inherent power to integrate the bar, establishing compulsory membership and payment of dues. 50 H. 107, 432 P.2d 887 (1967).
Statements to the chief justice or to the supreme court's rule 16 committee or to the bar association's ethics committee concerning attorney's unethical conduct are absolutely privileged. 51 H. 608, 466 P.2d 441 (1970).
Attorney is held to the same ethical standards when acting as a business person or as an attorney and is subject to disciplinary action if attorney fails to maintain those standards in either capacity. 55 H. 47, 515 P.2d 400 (1973).
Supreme court has jurisdiction over matters concerning disciplinary action of members of the bar. 55 H. 47, 515 P.2d 400 (1973).
It is the court's duty to discipline attorneys who indulge in practices inconsistent with high ethical standards. 60 H. 546, 592 P.2d 814 (1979).
Suspension for conduct involving funds of clients undergoing bankruptcy. 61 H. 334, 603 P.2d 562 (1979).
Disciplinary sanction for neglect of clients' cases; mitigating factors. 63 H. 150, 622 P.2d 115 (1981).
Bar examination, foreign attorneys. 44 H. 26, 352 P.2d 607 (1959); 44 H. 90, 352 P.2d 610 (1960); 44 H. 597, 358 P.2d 709 (1961).
Disbarment. For taking fee and not performing services. 3 H. 255 (1871); 59 H. 449, 583 P.2d 333 (1978); 61 H. 223, 601 P.2d 1087 (1979); 62 H. 95, 611 P.2d 993 (1980); 63 H. 382, 629 P.2d 105 (1981). Possibility of impeachment, effect on power of court to disbar. 26 H. 570 (1922). License. 29 H. 422 (1926). Character. 30 H. 588 (1928).
Suspension. 41 H. 403 (1956), aff'd 260 F.2d 189 (1958), rev'd 360 U.S. 622 (1959); 46 H. 404, 380 P.2d 751 (1963). See also 256 F.2d 553 (1956). Violation of canons of professional ethics. 53 H. 165, 488 P.2d 1167 (1971).