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The Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association,
in partnership with the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii,
proudly announces


January 12 through 14, 2022

The Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in partnership with the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, announces the fourth annual Hawaii Federal Trial Academy on January 12 through 14, 2022.

This comprehensive, three-day program to be held at the Federal Courthouse, is designed to help attorneys develop trial skills and experience in federal court. The program will begin on Wednesday morning with an introduction and presentation by Chief Judge J. Michael Seabright. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the program will feature a series of lectures, panel discussions and live presentations by the federal judiciary and some of the most experienced and dynamic trial lawyers in the district. On Friday, the program will culminate in a half-day mock trial in federal court before a federal judge.

The Hawaii Federal Trial Academy will be open to twelve participants. The program is offered to attorneys in all types of practice, including public and private sector, civil and criminal law, and any firm or practice size. This program is designed for attorneys who practice in federal court and wish to develop their trial advocacy skills. The program will be offered at no cost; however, membership in the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will be required at the time of entering the program. Reimbursement for travel expenses and lodging will be available to participants from the neighbor islands. CLE credit will be available for all participants and instructors.

Our expectation is that each applicant will dedicate sufficient time in reviewing and analyzing the case file prior to the program. Attendance at each part of the trial academy is mandatory. Thus, we ask that each applicant not only commit that they are available from January 12 through 14 (including evenings) to focus exclusively on our program, but that they have approval from their partners, supervisors, etc. to do so.

Please click the link below to access the 2022 HFTA application. As you answer the questions, please emphasize any factors that demonstrate (1) your commitment to federal practice in this jurisdiction and (2) how you will benefit specifically from the level of training provided by the trial academy. An applicant’s participation in the Federal Civil Pro Bono Panel Program will be taken into consideration. Please indicate on your application whether you individually are (or if applicable, if your firm is) on the Civil Pro Bono Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and, if so, whether you have (or your firm has) accepted pro bono appointments to represent indigent pro se litigants.

Applications will be open from October 1, 2021 through October 29, 2021. Applicants will be notified of a selection decision in early December. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the program chairs, Michael F. Albanese (; 808-541-2850) or Sara Ayabe (; 808-541-2850).

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a significant likelihood that participants in the HFTA will be required to comply with health safety measures—including any applicable orders of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii—in order to attend. Such measures may include masking requirements, social distancing, COVID-19 testing, and/or proof of vaccination. Any selected participant who is unable or unwilling to comply with the established measures will be offered the option to defer participation to the following year.

The Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is committed to serving the needs of federal practitioners throughout the State of Hawaii, offering opportunities to learn, to foster collegiality, and to network. For more information on the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, or to find out how to join, please visit

Click here to apply online.