CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD MOON (RET.)

    PANEL LOCATION

    All neutrals on the DPR Panel are willing to travel to the neighbor islands and the mainland. If you have any questions, please contact DPR at (808) 523-1234

    Chief Justice Ronald T. Y. Moon — a third-generation Korean-American and the first Korean-American to become chief justice of any supreme court in the nation — retired from the judiciary after more than 28 years of service, the last 17 years as head of the third branch of government.  As a justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court (associate justice from 1990 to 1993;chief justice from 1993 to 2010), he has written hundreds of opinions and has published several articles in legal journals and magazines, such as “Visions of a New Legal System:  Could There Be A Legal System That Better Incorporates The Strengths of ADR And Existing Legal Institutions,”  The Review of Litigation, published by the University of Texas School of Law,Vol. 15, No. 3 (1996); Access to Civil Justice:  Is There A Solution?, Hawai`i Bar Journal(2004); and Just Be Nice, The Bencher, a publication of the American Inns of Court (2005).  He has also written several articles and has spoken often on such subjects as judicial independence,judicial decision-making, and the importance of civic education.

    As a trial judge for eight years (First Circuit Court, 1982-1990), Chief Justice Moon mediated thousands of civil cases of all types and was appointed the first Arbitration Judge in1986, a position he held until shortly before his elevation to the supreme court.  As a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) throughout his legal career, Chief Justice Moon has spoken often about ADR and its role in our justice system.  During his tenure as chief justice, he staunchly supported ADR programs and, under his leadership, ADR options became available at all court levels statewide — for nearly all case types — with the implementation of the Appellate Mediation Program in 1995.

    Chief Justice Moon received his undergraduate degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is a 1965 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law.  He served a onere term as law clerk to then-Chief Judge Martin Pence of the United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i and was subsequently employed with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu from 1966 to 1968.  After four years as an associate, Chief Justice Moon became a partner in the law firm of Libkuman, Ventura, Moon & Ayabe.  He left private practice in 1982 upon being appointed to the circuit court bench.

    Chief Justice Moon’s services as mediator, arbitrator, discovery master, and/or neutral evaluator may be arranged through Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc. at 523-1234.

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