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Judicial Selection Commission Announces Circuit Court Nominees

September 24, 2015, 4:41 PM HST
* Updated September 24, 4:46 PM
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Governor David Ige Thursday received the names of the judicial nominees for an open position on both the Big Island’s Third Circuit Court and the First Circuit Court on Oahu.

The nominations were provided by the Judicial Selection Commission, who reviewed and evaluated the backgrounds and qualifications of all applicants.

Big Island nominees include:

Gregory A. Ferren, who specializes in general litigation and business transactions, including real estate, contracts, personal injury, constitutional rights, public sector law and legal ethics. In his career, Ferren has represented Oracle, Yahoo!, and Apple.

Melvin H. Fujino, a District Family Court Judge who has also served as a deputy attorney general and was a team leader responsible for the Statewide Wiretap Review Unit and Asset Forfeiture program. He also has experience as a deputy prosecuting attorney.


Robert D.S. Kim has a private practice where he concentrates on civil litigation, commercial, real estate, environmental, family, and criminal law, as well as public interest litigation.


Laureen L Martin. No further information was provided for Martin.

Oahu First Circuit Court nominees include LindaLee K. Farm, Timothy E. Ho, Shirley M. Kawamura, James S. Kawashima, James C. McWhinnie, and Jonathan L. Ortiz.

Within 30 days, Governor Ige will submit his selections, which will be confirmed by the Hawai’i State Senate.

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