Hawai‘i Friends of Justice & Civic Education Board of Directors
Richard Turbin, Esq., President
Rich is the founder and President of the law firm Turbin Chu where he
practices in the areas of personal injury,wrongful death and malpractice
in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Cornell
University and his JD from Harvard Law School. Mr. Turbin served as the
2005 President of the Hawai'i State Bar Association, and was elected to
the National Council of Bar Presidents of the American Bar Association
(ABA);Chair of the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section; elected
President of Consumer Lawyers 2002 - 2003; Civil Rights Commissioner for
Hawai'i 2002 - 2006; Traphagen Distinguished Alumni speaker at Harvard
Law School 2004; received Pursuit of Justice Award of the ABA Tort &
Insurance Practice Section 2006; has taught numerous courses and
written articles for ABA & a text book; served as Chair of Waialae
Kahala Neighborhood Board 1994 - 2004; member MADD and Alliance
Francaise of Hawai'i.
Roger Epstein, Esq., Vice President
Roger is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. He has been a
lawyer with one of Hawaii’s largest law firms, Cades Schutte, in
Honolulu for the last 30 years where he is a senior partner. Roger
specializes in tax law. He helped form the Hawai‘i Forgiveness Project
(http://www.hawaiiforgivenessproject.org/) and is dedicated to improving our community.
Cheri Tarutani, MSW, LCSW
Cheri is an Instructor with the University of Hawaii Manoa, School of Social Work Distance Education program. Prior to joining the UH faculty, she was a Child and Adult Protection Specialist for Child Welfare Services for 7 years. During that time, she was the designated Family Drug Court worker and was part of the Family Drug Court team that was awarded the Natural Collaborative Leader Award in 2004 from the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Ms. Tarutani has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii , Manoa. MSW, Secretary.
Jeff Kent, Esq., Treasurer
Jeff is a policy analyst for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He has worked for Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i and has a rich history of public interest and advocacy work with government and the private sector.
Cy Adrian Kahaulunui Kalama
Cy is from a distinguished Native Hawaiian family and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Cy is also a gifted substance abuse counselor. He has worked for the Hawai'i state prison system for 21 years helping over 3000 men learn about desistance from substance abuse and crime. He helped develop a unique ritual based substance abuse program called Kash Box and is hopeful that the next executive administration for Hawai'i will understand its value and resume the complete program at Waiawa prison. Cy has traveled all over the world. He enjoys golf and outrigger canoe paddling. He is head coach of the New Hope Canoe Club. And he says: "Everyday I see life as a gift and an opportunity to make a difference for the better and I make the most of it."
Hawai‘i Friends’ list of contractors & pro bono providers for Restorative Justice and other programs:
Lorenn Walker, JD, MPH—volunteer grant writer & restorative justice coordinator
Lorenn has volunteered with the Hawai‘i Friends since 1994. She is a public health educator and restorative lawyer with an extensive background in education and social services (www.lorennwalker.com
). She is a researcher who develops and evaluates learning programs. She has authored over 40 articles and 3 books since 1999. She worked as Montessori teacher in her teens and was director of a Montessori preschool at age 22; a public welfare hearing officer during law school when she also clerked for ITT in New York; criminal trial court law clerk to Judge Marie Milks; Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawai‘i for 10 years including civil defense and fraud prosecution; Honolulu Family Court appointed counsel for juveniles and adults in child protection and criminal cases; trainer of solution-focused brief therapy
; consultant; teaches for the University of Hawai‘i (UH); infrequently she takes guardian ad litem family court appointments for civil commitment hearings. She earned her Montessori teaching certification in 1971 from St. Nicholas Training Centre, London, England; bachelors degree in communication in 1980 from UH; juris doctorate degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1983; and her masters in public health from the UH School of Public Health in 1996.
Dawn Slaten, Esq.
Dawn was raised and schooled on the Island of Oahu and received her BA
in mathematics from UH at Manoa and her J.D. from the William S.
Richardson School of Law. She has practiced law for over 20 years,
concentrating in family law and worked in all five jurisdictions of the
State. Dawn was the director of Ka Po‘e Hale, a community resource
for Wai‘anae coast residents and provider of ho‘oponopono, family group
conferencing and legal services to help families avoid CPS
interference in their lives. Dawn was also a founder of Effective
Planning and Innovative
Communications, Inc. (EPIC), where she facilitated, recorded and
coordinated `Ohana Conferences (aka family group conferencing) and
provided as a family-focused,
strength-based gathering of family members and service providers to
ensure the safety of children involved with the Child Protective
Services (CPS). Dawn trains facilitators, recorders, coordinators
and attorneys, and has presented on family group conferencing at
national conferences. She has also managed corporate finances and
provides legal representation when
needed. She also provides legal consultation and
family conferences to the residents of Hope for a New Beginning
Shelter, an emergency shelter, which began to service the homeless in
Wai`anae in October 2006 at Kalealoa. Dawn facilitates and records
Huikahi Restorative Circles and assists in training facilitators and recorders for the program.
Susan Wong, Esq.
Susan is past president of Hawai'i Friends and former director of the Administrative Appeals Office for the Department of Human Services, State of Hawai'i, a position she held for almost 30 years. She has a masters degree in education and a passion for justice.
Diane Stowell, LFMT
Diane is a licensed family and marriage therapist. In addition to seeing individual clients and families, she facilitates solution-focused and restorative justice interventions with adults and youth for the Hawai‘i Friends of Civic and Law Related Education. She has been a senior mediator and trainer for the Mediation Center of the Pacific since 1986. She was a psychologist for the Claremont Unified School District in California for 12 years. She taught seminars for schoolteachers and administrators from 1984 through 1995 on working with at-risk youth in America and Europe. Her post graduate work was conducted at the School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at the California State University at Fullerton in California in 1978; she earned her masters degree from the University of Redlands in 1968; and her bachelors degree at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1956.
Kat is a community advocate for justice who is actively engaged in bringing the community’s voice into venues where it has rarely been heard. She works to increase civic literacy, public participation, and to reform public policy. Her areas of focus include environmental, cultural, and social justice issues. Kat has served numerous public service groups in Hawai'i for many years and is widely respected as an advocate for disenfranchised people and communities.
Marty Oliphant, M.S.W.
Marty received his masters degree in social work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005. He is currently a social work supervisor and former Child/Adult Protective Services Specialist for Child Welfare Services where he investigated allegations of child sex abuse. Marty serves on the School of Social Work Dean's Board of Advisors, and is President of the Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work. Marty Oliphant is also the former director of the Hawaii Mentoring Initiative and conducted mentor trainings and provided technical assistance to agencies and programs enhancing and developing mentoring programs. Marty has worked with agencies including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, Waikiki Community Center, and Goodwill Industries.
Mara Pike, MS
Mara is a 1998 graduate of New York University. She is an educator and currently receiving training as a Restorative Circle facilitator for Hawai‘i Friends.
Nettie is from a ancient line of traditional Hawaiian healers. As a child she was chosen by her family to carry on the haku tradition and was trained as a healer and has practiced this for many years. She is a respected trainer and provider of ho‘oponopono and other Hawaiian healing cultural practices. She is a skilled facilitator and recorder.
Nadine Dudoit, MSW
Nadine is a social worker and case manager for family Programs Hawaii, Leeward Voluntary Case Management. She is a former employee of ‘Ohana Conferencing and trained in facilitation and recording skills.
Joe Allen, Ph.D.
Joe is a past president of Hawai'i Friends and an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at
Chaminade University. His research interests include crime trends,
corrections, delinquency, policy analysis, and program research and
evaluation. Dr. Allen has extensive background with sentencing
simulation modeling, and is currently developing research on
programmatic approaches to address Native Hawaiian corrections