Brook Hart

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Attorney Awards


Published Works

Hawaii's New Public Defender Legislation: A Study in Legislative Overkill (Co-Author), 8 Hawaii Bar Journal 53, 1971

Report and Guidelines for the Defense of Eligible Persons, National Study Commission on Defense Services, NLADA-LEAA (Co-Author), 1976

Preliminary Hearings, Public Defender Sourcebook, Singer, Ed., Chapter 5, PLI-ABA, 1976

Profiles in Privacy: Airport Travelers, Drug Enforcement Agents and Detector Dogs (Co-Author), 3 Criminal Law Review 35, Clark Boardman & Co., 1981

Champion Profile (Featured Criminal Defense Attorney), 16 The Champion 51, NACDL, July, 1992

Plain Nonsense: Misrepresentations and Omissions in [Peter] Carlisle's and [Mark] Bennett's Article, Plain Error? (Co-Author), 2 Hawaii Bar Journal 32, Dec., 1998

The Hawaii Supreme Court's Criminal Law Decisions 1997-1998: Fair Use of the Doctrine of Plain Error?, II Hawaii Bar Journal 49 (No. 13), 1998


Speaker, Advanced Criminal Law Seminars, Aspen, Colorado, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1992

Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987

Faculty, Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988

Speaker, NACDL Aspen CLE Seminar, 2000

Faculty Member, ABA-LEI National Continuing Legal Education Conference, Vail, Colorado, 2001

Adjunct Professor / Lecturer in Law at the University of Hawaii Law School, Hawaii Innocence Project Seminar, Course Nos.: LAW 590S & 590T, 2005 - Present

Faculty, NACDL 4th Annual West Coast White Collar Criminal Defense Conference, San Diego, California, 2014

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1980 - Present

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009 - Present

The Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - Present

Hawaii's A+ Attorneys, Honolulu Magazine, 1993 - Present (every edition containing this feature since 1993)

The Reginald Heber Smith Award as the Outstanding Public Defender in the Nation, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1971

Past Employment Positions

Hon. Martin Pence, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, Law Clerk, 1966 - 1967

Law Offices of Hy Greenstein, Associate, 1968 - 1970

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Chief Public Defender, 1970 - 1972

Hart, Sherwood, Leavitt, Blanchfield & Hall (and its progeny), Partner, 1972 - 1980

Hart & Wolff, Partner, 1980 - 1996

American Board of Criminal Lawyers; American College of Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Criminal Law
  • State and Federal Criminal Investigations, Trials, Appeals and Post-Conviction Representation
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(808) 526-0811  Phone
(808) 531-2677  Fax
University Attended:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1963
Law School Attended:
Columbia Law School, LL.B., 1966
Year of First Admission:
1966, New York; 1967, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1968, Hawaii; 1968, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court; 1973, California
Hawaii Public Defender Advocacy Institute, 1993 - Present; Committee on Implementation of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Plan for the District of Hawaii, Coordinator, 1980; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member, 1978 - Present; Committee to Select Federal Public Defender for District of Hawaii, 1981 - 1983, 1994; American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii, Master of the Bench, 1982 - Present; Hawaii Supreme Court, Judicial Council of Hawaii Committee on Penal Code Revision and Reform, Member, 1983 - 1985; Hawaii State Judicial Conference, Member, 1986 - 2002; Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Rules of Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Criminal Rules, Member, 1984 - Present; Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, Member, 1993 - 1996; Hawaii State Bar Association, Member; The State Bar of California, Member; American Judicature Society, Member; National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Member; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member; Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member.
Hobbies & interests:
Bicycling, Photography and Lacrosse.

Peer Reviews

Honolulu, Hawaii

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