Judge Riki May Amano (Ret.) served as a judge in the district and circuit courts of the Third Judicial Circuit, State of Hawaii from February 1992 until her retirement in April 2003. During her judicial career, Judge Amano presided over personal injury, negligence, medical malpractice, contract, employment, probate, landlord/tenant, small claims, family and criminal non-jury and jury trials. Her docket included pretrial and post-trial motions, settlement conferences, and probate and guardianship cases. Judge Amano was the Court Annexed Arbitration Programs’ Arbitration Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit from 1994 until 2003 and she currently sits on the Judicial Arbitration Commission (2010-present).
Her experience in dispute resolution spans more than thirty-five years. Judge Amano completed mediation training at the Neighborhood Justice Center (nka Mediation Center of the Pacific) in 1982 and served as a volunteer mediator for the NJC and the Ku’ikahi Mediation Services in Hilo, from 1983 until 1991. Judge Amano received facilitation training in 1990 and has served as a facilitator for several non-profit organizations.
Judge Amano has been enrolled as a student at the Pepperdine University School of Law since May 2004, working on an LL.M. in dispute resolution. Among the courses she completed are: Mediation Seminar, Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Mass Torts, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution, and Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing. She has 240 hours of externship at the Settlement Facility-Dow Corning Trust in Houston, Texas.