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Page Leader: David A. Hobler

David Stevens Hobler graduated from Stanford University, received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law (University of California, San Francisco), and obtained his Master of Laws degree from Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley). He is certified in negotiation and mediation methods through curriculum at Harvard and Stanford universities. He is admitted to law practice in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. His jury trail experience covers a variety of civil and criminal cases, including the defense to a dozen murder prosecutions.

As a faculty member at two law schools, Boalt Hall and the University of Hawaii, he created and directed innovative legal educational clinics where law students served as instructors in public high schools and as client advocates under his supervision before courts and administrative tribunals. He serves as founder-director of Fit In Recovery, a health education consulting group specializing in design, programming, and implementation of physical activity intervention strategies in various forums - such as, work-sites, schools, and judicial related settings. The firm's mission is to affirm and actualize "The Link Between Recovering Health & Physical Activity." As a trial lawyer, law and health educator, and drug treatment court advisor, he has focused on substance abuse issues in collaborative dimensions.

He presents and writes on the topic of "The Ethic of Self-Care" at diverse legal conferences themed on the concepts of creative problem solving and therapeutic jurisprudence. His fitness and recovery work has been featured on radio, television, and in various national publications. He is physically active for his daily well-being, residing and practicing law in San Francisco's Bay Area.

 


Page Leader: Michael A. Town

Michael A. Town is a circuit court judge presently assigned to the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court in Honolulu, Hawai`i. Judge Town was first appointed to the bench in 1979 as a district family court judge where he served until being appointed to the circuit court in 1993. Judge Town served as Senior Judge (presiding judge) of the Family Court of the First Circuit from October 1994 to October 1997. He served on the Hawai`i Judiciaryís Jury Innovation Project Committee and the Ad Hoc Restorative Justice Committee among others.

Judge Town received an LL.M. from Yale School of Law, J.D. from Hastings College of Law and A.B. from Stanford University. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawai`iís William S. Richardson School of Law from 1982 to 1993 teaching primarily family law and juvenile law. He served on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges from 1990 to 1997 and continues to speak nationally on behalf of the Council on subjects such as the unified family court, domestic violence, alternative dispute resolution, therapeutic, preventive and restorative justice.

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Click on the following for further reading or discussion:

     The Making of Judicial Capital 

     The Unified Family Court 

     Drug Treatment Court for Women

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