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Regulatory Scheme: Hawai'i  Rule of Professional Conduct 7.4(d) says "a lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer is certified as a specialist in a field of law by a named organization, provided that the communication (1) is not false or misleading within the meaning of Rule 7.1, (2) clearly states the name of the certifying organization, and (3) is accompanied by a statement that 'The Supreme Court of Hawai'i grants Hawai'i certification only to lawyers in good standing who have successfully completed a specialty program accredited by the American Bar Association." Hawai'i Rule 1.13 (a) Petition for Certificate of Specialization states that upon successful completion of a program of study accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) for certification as a specialist in a subject of the law, an active Hawai'i lawyer in good standing may petition the court for a Hawai'i Certificate of Specialization in that subject of the law.

Hawai'i State Judiciary
Ali`iolani Hale
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2943