When we started this office ten years ago, we decided to hire support staff who aspire to, one day, become attorneys. By so doing, we believed that we could be a positive influence on future Hawaii attorneys. I am proud to say that to date, we have had three former staff members become attorneys after working for me. My legal assistant, Cheryl-Ann Miyamoto, recently left the firm in order to attend the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law this fall semester. I am grateful to Cheryl for her hard work and wish her well in her future legal career. I am confident that in three years, Cheryl-Ann will be our fourth staff alumnus to pass the bar.
The newest member to our legal family, Fiamma Rago, recently moved to Honolulu from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fiamma graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in December, 2007 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy. Fiamma seems genuinely excited to begin her legal career with this office. Although Fiamma has only been with us for a short time, I am already thoroughly convinced that she will be an excellent lawyer. When Fiamma enters law school in 2010, it is my sincere hope that she will have seen, from my example, that the legal profession is not only rewarding, but honorable.
Good luck Cheryl. Welcome Fiamma.