Brook Hart

Attorney in Honolulu, HI
Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-; Honolulu Magazine's Hawaii's A+ Attorneys, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009. Guest Commentator, Court-TV, O.J. Simpson and other cases, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009. Co-Author: With James Blanchfield, Esq., "Hawaii's New Public Defender Legislation: A Study in Legislative Overkill," 8 Hawaii Bar Journal 53 (1971); "Report and Guidelines for the Defense of Eligible Persons," as a Commissioner of the National Study Commission on Defense Services, NLADA-LEAA, 1976; with Lila B. LeDuc, Esq., "Profiles in Privacy: Airport Travelers, Drug Enforcement Agents and Detector Dogs," 3 Criminal Law Review 35, Clark Boardman & Co. (1981); with Earle A. Partington, Esq. and Samuel P. King, Jr., Esq., "Plain Nonsense: Misrepresentations and Omissions in [Peter] Carlisle's and [Mark] Bennett's Article, Plain Error?" 2 Hawaii Bar Journal 32 (Dec., 1998). Author: "Preliminary Hearings," Public Defender Sourcebook (Singer, Ed.), Chapter 5, PLI-ABA, 1976; "The Hawaii Supreme Court's Criminal Law Decisions 1997-1998: Fair Use of the Doctrine of Plain Error?" II Hawaii Bar Journal 49 (No. 13, 1998). Featured in: "Champion Profile," 16 The Champion 51, NACDL, July 1992. Speaker: Advanced Criminal Law Seminars, Aspen, Colorado, 1981, 1985, 1992; NACDL Aspen CLE Seminar, January 2000. Faculty: ABA-LEI National Continuing Legal Education Conference, Vail, Colorado, 2001; Faculty, Lorman Legal Education Seminars, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2002, 2003; National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987; Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988; Hawaii Public Defender Advocacy Institute, 1993-; Hawaii State Bar Association Trial Academy, 2009, 2010. Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Hawaii Law School, Hawaii Innocence Project, 2005-. Law Clerk to Hon. Martin Pence, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 1966-1967. Chief Public Defender, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, 1970-1972. Recipient: The Reginald Heber Smith Award as the Outstanding Public Defender in the Nation, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1971. Coordinator, Committee on Implementation of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Plan for the District of Hawaii, 1980. Member: Commission to Select Federal Public Defender for District of Hawaii, 1981-1983, 1994. Bencher, American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii, 1982-. Member, Supreme Court, Judicial Council of Hawaii Committee on Penal Code Revision and Reform, 1983-1985. Member: Hawaii State Judicial Conference, 1986-1988, 2002. Member, Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Rules of Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Criminal Rules, 1984-. Member, Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, 1993-1996. Member, Task Force on Criminal Charging Procedures Pursuant to Act 190, Session Laws of Hawaii, 2003. Member, Task Force on Sex Offender Registration Pursuant to Act 59, Session Laws of Hawaii, 2004. Member, Penal Code Review Committee, Pursuant to Act 125, Session Laws of Hawaii, 2005.
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    Admission Details

    Admitted in 1966, New York
    1967, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    1968, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
    1972, U.S. Supreme Court
    1973, California

    Law School Attended

    Columbia Law School
    Class of 1966

    University Attended

    Johns Hopkins University
    Class of 1963

    Associations & Memberships

    Hawaii State Bar Association; State Bar of California; American Judicature Society; National Legal Aid and Defender Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Hawaii Association ... More

    Bar Fellowship

    American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers.

    Representative Cases

    Center Art Galleries-Hawaii, Inc. v. United States, 875 F.2d 747 (9th Cir. 1989) (unconstitutionally overbroad search warrants); United States v. Samango, 607 F.2d 877 (9th Cir. 1979) (dismissal of indictment for prosecutorial misconduct); In re Extradition of Chapman, 459 F. Supp. 2d 1024 (D. Hawaii 2006) (bail in international extradition case); ... More

    Hobbies & Interests

    Bicycling, Photography and Lacrosse.

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    Brook Hart
    Suite 610, Melim Building 333 Queen Street,
    Honolulu, HI 96813


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