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Hawaii Paralegal Association

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Achieving Strategic Focus in Ediscovery

R. Elton Johnson, III, CEDS

Strategic Ediscovery, LLC

R. Elton Johnson, III, CEDS, established Strategic Ediscovery, LLC in 2013, to help organizations and law offices to decisively meet ediscovery, investigation, and compliance challenges as economically as possible. Elton’s expertise as a consultant and service provider is founded in decades of ediscovery experience within the law office environment, as well as constant active study of the latest challenges, tools, best practices, and law in this field. His professional perspective favors nuanced, proactive deployment of technology embedded in issue-driven legal team practice.

Elton is a member of a variety of professional associations, including the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, the International Legal Technology Association, the American Bar Association, the Hawai’i Paralegal Association, and the Hawai’i Association of Legal Administrators. He has authored numerous articles and presentations on ediscovery, and served for ten years as Hawai’i’s member liaison for the International Legal Technology Association. Elton’s abiding broader commitment to justice and community has been reflected in extended service roles such as commissioner on the Hawai’i Access to Justice Commission, coordinator of Judge’s Aides at Family Court, and board chair with Common Cause Hawai’i.


AI Ethics

Dr. Susan Jaworowski

Kapiʻolani Community College
Ke Kulanui Kaiāulu ‘o Kapi‘olani

Professor Susan Jaworowski, Ph.D. is a lawyer who made a mid-career change into academia.  Since 2007, she has been the Paralegal Program Director at Kapi‘olani Community College.  She received her doctorate in educational technology in 2012. She has presented on topics of interest to paralegals at the American Association for Paralegal Education, the Hawaii Paralegal Association Annual Meeting and Education Conference, and as CLE for the Hawaii State Bar Association. She received the Lifetime Achievement award from HPA in 2022.


Corporate Transparency Act

Gerald A. Sumida, Esq.

Carlsmith Ball LLP

Gerald A. Sumida is a Partner in Carlsmith Ball LLP’s Honolulu office and a member of the firm’s Business, Corporate & Finance Practice Group. He concentrates on business structuring and operations, including corporate, limited liability company, joint venture and partnership matters; business acquisitions; sales and mergers; securities law; administrative and public utilities law; energy law, including energy project development and project finance; antitrust and trade regulation law; federal, state and county legislative and administrative matters; and international legal matters.

From October 1999 to December 2002 he served as the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development bank established in 1966 and based in Manila to promote the economic and social development of the Asian and Pacific Region (ADB). ADB currently has 67 member countries, and provides development assistance to over 40 countries in this region. He led a group of 28 international lawyers, drawn from 25 countries, who handle ADB’s international legal, financing, lending, borrowing, investment and development work, as well as ADB’s institutional matters, and undertake law and policy reform projects in various countries, and also advised ADB’s senior management and board of directors.

Mr. Sumida is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 for Corporate/ Commercial law. He was named Best Lawyers in America 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” – Corporate Governance Law, and Best Lawyers in America 2023 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Energy Law, and Energy Regulatory Law Securities/Capital Markets Law, and has been listed for these areas since 2010. In 2009, he was elected to the position of Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an international association of more than 1,600 business and commercial lawyers focused on legal developments and regional legal cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region.


Hawaii Information Service TMKHI Demo

Sharlene Fujisato & Gordon Inouye

Hawaii Information Service

Live Demo of TMKHI (upgraded platform of TMK)


Hawaii Paralegal Association

Notary & Remote Notary Updates

Dean Soma & Gurudev Allin,
Deputies Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General, State of Hawaii
Ka ʻOihana O Ka Loio Kuhina

Dean Soma started off as a Legal Secretary and then as a legal assistant to Kenneth M. Sabbath. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1991 and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in the same year. He has been an attorney in Hawaii for over 30 years. He was employed as an attorney for Thomas Carney, Yempuku & Kugisaki; Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Coates & Frey; and currently at the Department of the Attorney General since 2015. Since 2018, Mr. Soma has overseen the Notary Office and in 2020 drafted the emergency Orders regarding notarization during the COVID pandemic. He also drafted the bill and administrative rules regarding the remote online notaries and set up the implementation of the law via the new Remote Online Notary (RON) website.

Gurudev D. Allin graduated Albany Law School in 2009 magna cum laude and started his legal career practicing civil litigation in upstate New York. Mr. Allin moved to Hawaii in 2014 and joined the law firm of Fukunaga Matayoshi Hershey and Ching, LLP where he worked as an associate from 2014 to 2021. In 2021, Mr. Allin joined the Department of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii in the Civil Recoveries Division. He has spent the majority of his career practicing civil litigation and is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.

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