By State Senator Sam Slom
The Hawaii State Senate confirmed Family Court Judge Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii State Supreme Court as its newest justice. Judge McKenna’s confirmation was unanimously ap-proved by a 23—0 vote on the Senate floor yesterday (February 16) with 2 Senators absent (excused). I supported her.
McKenna has up to now been Deputy Chief Judge in the Family Court of the First Circuit since 2009 and has previously served in various capacities in the First Circuit since 1995. She has presided over more than 150 jury trials, many more bench trials and countless settlement confer-ences and motions.
She has also served in District Court, been an assistant professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, and instructor at the University of Ha-waii College of Business. She is the first Hawaii Supreme Court Justice to be a graduate from the William S. Richard-son School of Law.
From the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Report, Feb. 17, 2011.