June 15, 2013 Dialogue

News and Notes

New Commission Members

The Commission on IOLTA welcomes new members Jill Hasegawa, Justice Kaye Hearn and Chad Hooker for the 2013–2014 bar year.


Jill Hasegawa is a partner in the firm of Ashford & Wriston in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her practice focuses on family law, general civil litigation and collections/foreclosure.

In 2008, Ms. Hasegawa was appointed Vice–Chair of the newly created Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, where she continues to serve.  She is chair of the Commission's Annual Report Committee and Legislative Task Force, as well as a member of its Administrative Committee.

Ms. Hasegawa was appointed the Public Service Director for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) in 2011 and is a past President of the Hawaii State Bar Association's (HSBA) Young Lawyers Division (2008), where she also served as a member of its Board (2006–2008). In 2010, Ms. Hasegawa was honored by the Hawaii State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division with its Justice Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice.


Justice Kaye Hearn was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in May of 2009, becoming the second woman member in the court's history. Prior to her election, Justice Hearn was a member of the South Carolina Court of Appeals for fifteen years, serving as its Chief Judge for ten years. During her tenure as Chief Judge, Justice Hearn served as President of the Council of Chief Judges, a nationwide network of chief judges of the intermediate courts of appeal.

In 2010, she received the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association's Jean Galloway Bissell Award, and in 2012, Governor Nikki Haley presented her the Woman of Achievement Award from the South Carolina Commission on Women. In 2013, Justice Hearn received the Bethany College Alumni Achievement Award and was named an Apha Xi Delta Woman of Distinction. Justice Hearn presently serves as Chair of the South Carolina Chief Justice's Docket Management Task Force.


Chad Hooker currently serves as Senior Vice President and Wyoming/South Dakota Regional Manager for First Interstate Bank's Wealth Management division where he leads a team of wealth management professionals, manages risk and ensures compliance with applicable laws, policy and procedures.  He has been with First Interstate Bank since 1999 having started as the Manager of the Gillette Branch Trust Department. Prior to 1999, he was in the private practice of law with an emphasis in tax, estate planning, probate, business and natural resources.

Mr. Hooker is a member of the ABA and the Wyoming Bar Association. He currently serves as the Treasurer and IOLTA Chairman for the Wyoming State Bar Foundation. He is the Past President of the Campbell County Bar Association and founding member and Past President of the Northeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council.

New IOLTA Director in Kansas


In April 2013, Anne Woods accepted the position of Public Services Manager for the Kansas Bar Association, which administers IOLTA funds in the state. She attended the University of Kansas and earned a BS in Journalism. Since then she has worked for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Seventh Judicial District Court Services Office. Ms. Woods' work in development began at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America where she assisted with projects for their philanthropic arm. She then worked as a development researcher for the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and her most recent position was as assistant director of marketing for the state administrative office of the Kansas Small Business Development Center.


New IOLTA Director in Maine


Diana Scully was appointed Executive Director to the Maine Bar Foundation in June 2013. Prior to this position, she served as Senior Director of State Services at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities.

Ms. Scully worked with state government through her appointments with Maine's Office of Elder Services and Department of Human Service. She also served as a nonpartisan Legislative Analyst to the Maine Legislature. In addition to her work in the public sector, Ms. Scully operated her own consulting firm, Vantage Point, where she served more than 60 private, nonprofit and public clients, including the Maine Indian Tribal–State Commission.

Ms. Scully was married to Tom Downing, one of the first lawyers hired by Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine's largest provider of legal services. After Tom's death from brain cancer in 1985, she created the Downing Fund. Each year Ms. Scully presents an award in Tom's memory to legal services staff who tirelessly advocate on behalf of Maine's poor and vulnerable residents.


Winter 2014 IOLTA Workshops

The Winter 2014 IOLTA Workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 6–7 at the Swissôtel, 323 East Wacker Drive in Chicago in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. The workshop sessions will address many timely topics, and the two days of programming will provide a wonderful opportunity for IOLTA staff and trustees to share information and network. A preliminary program will be available at the end of November.