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AAPI Judge nominated to Hawaiʻi Supreme Court

Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green has nominated AAPI judge Lisa M. Ginoza to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court.

Ginoza and fellow nominee Vladimir Devens would fill two vacancies on the court if they are confirmed.

“One of my guiding principles for judicial nominations is to ensure diversity — in terms of gender and ethnicity, yes — but also in background and experience. These nominees have very different legal backgrounds, but the breadth and depth of their experience in different areas of law and practice were compelling reasons for me to choose them,” Gov. Green said in a statement.

Ginoza graduated from Kailua High School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She earned her law degree (Juris Doctor) from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The judge has worked for some of the top law firms in Honolulu.

From 2005 to 2010, Ginoza served as First Deputy Attorney General. She currently serves as a judge on the State of Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals. She has been Chief Judge for five out of her 13 years with the Appellate Court.

“It is a great honor to be nominated to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court,” Ginoza said in a statement. “I am grateful to Governor Green for his confidence in me and thank him for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting with senators in the coming weeks as they consider my nomination. I also thank the Judicial Selection Commission for its earlier role in this important process.”

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