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    Ellen Carson is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1980) and the University of Tennessee (B.A., constitutional law, summa cum laude). Ms. Carson was a director of the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing for 25 years, and has over 30 years experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

    Ms. Carson has served as the President of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the Hawaii Women Lawyers, and has received top honors in Hawaii as the Woman Lawyer of the Year, the Hawaii Women Lawyers’ Award for Outstanding Community Service, the YWCA’s Award for Outstanding Woman Professional, and the State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for Meritorious Community Service.

    She has also been nationally recognized as one of America’s Best Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Health Law, and has received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement.

    A strong believer of ADR, Ms. Carson has served as a panel Arbitrator and Mediator for the American Arbitration Association, and as a Mediator for the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    Her ADR work has included resolution of disputes in employment, business law, real estate, construction, professional malpractice, securities, corporate, negligence, and civil rights. Because she successfully represented numerous plaintiffs and defendants in her private practice, Ms. Carson brings a valuable understanding of the interests and perspectives on both sides of these legal disputes.

    Ms. Carson previously practiced in Washington, D.C., where she represented over 120,000 Japanese Americans in a lawsuit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking redress for civil rights deprivations during World War II, that helped obtain a government apology and redress for all survivors.

    Ms. Carson retired from the practice of law at the end of 2016 and is no longer actively licensed as an attorney, but she remains very active in service to our community.