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.