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Sabrina S. McKenna

thu07mar10:00 amthu11:15 amSabrina S. McKennaA Women's History Month Event10:00 am - 11:15 am(GMT-10:00) Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101-105, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kane‘ohe, HI 96744

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Associate Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna has served on the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court since March 2011. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ Asian American justice to serve on a state court of last resort. She grew up in Japan before graduating from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and its William S. Richardson School of Law (“WSRSL”), where she served as law review editor-in-chief. She was a civil litigator, general counsel to a Japan-based group of companies, and a WSRSL faculty member before serving as a Hawaiʻi state trial court judge from 1993 to 2011, presiding over civil, criminal, and family matters.

Sabrina has been involved in various Hawaiʻi initiatives as well as domestic and international lectures on women’s and civil rights issues. She serves on the board of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges and co-chairs the American Judicature Society’s Judicial Diversity Committee. Her awards include the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement (2023) and Stonewall (2021) awards and NAPABA’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award (2015).


March 7, 2024 10:00 am - 11:15 am(GMT-10:00)


Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101-105

45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kane‘ohe, HI 96744

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