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  • Volunteer

    The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation has a need for volunteers for special events and administrative tasks around the office. Do you have to complete community service hours for a scholarship? Check with your program to see if you can complete them in our office! 

    Current law students are also welcome to complete pro bono hours and internships with us depending on our office space limitations.  Law students may click here for more information.  Check out what Harvard Law student, Rob Barnett, had to say about his internship at NHLC in January 2014, click here.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Moses Haia, Executive Director, at info@nhlchi.org.

  • Pro Bono

    Attorneys can fulfill their pro bono requirements by assisting with NHLC’s cases in any capacity or by contributing financially under rule 6.1 of the Hawai'i Rules of Professional Conduct.

    The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation provides legal representation to individuals who want to amend their birth certificates to reflect their Native Hawaiian ancestry. These amendments are necessary to establish eligibility for DHHL awards or other Hawaiian programs.

    NHLC seeks attorneys who are willing to prosecute declaratory relief actions on behalf of these individuals. These actions seek to (1) obtain a paternity order that would establish Native Hawaiian ancestry and (2) to obtain a court order directing the Department of Health to amend the birth certificate in conformance with the paternity order. These cases are typically resolved on summary judgment.

    NHLC will provide an expert who can prepare the genealogy needed to establish paternity. NHLC will also provide exemplars and technical assistance throughout the case. A DNA test is sometimes necessary to successfully establish paternity.

    Attorneys can benefit from taking these cases in the following ways:


    1. junior associates can get experience and training managing a case, preparing and arguing a motion for summary judgment and working with experts;
    2. build good will in the community;
    3. you will satisfy Rule 6.1 of Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct.


    If you are interested in these cases or any other pro bono opportunities at NHLC, please contact Moses Haia, Executive Director, at info@nhlchi.org or (808)521-2302.



Your donation will enable the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation to provide effective, low cost legal assistance to individuals, families and communities who seek to protect their traditional cultural practices and maintain their ancestral ties to their lands and natural resources.


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