Justice Sabrina S. McKenna

Justice Sabrina S. McKenna

Judge
Supreme Court of Hawaii
USA

Originally from Japan, Sabrina Shizue McKenna graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM) and its William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL), serving as law review editor-in-chief.  She practiced civil litigation and business law in Honolulu, served as general counsel to a Japan-based conglomerate, taught business law at the UHM College of Business, and then was an Assistant Professor at the WSRSL.  In 1993, she was appointed as a limited jurisdiction court judge and in 1995 as a general jurisdiction court judge, also serving as  chief family court judge.  In 2011, she was appointed one of five justices of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court.  She is a Judicial Advisory Board member of George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center and also teaches for the National Judicial College.  She has been honored by JGLS as an Eminent Jurist and Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law, by the Association of Corporate Counsel Foundation as a Global Women in Law & Leadership Honoree, by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association with the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, by the Hawaii Friends for Civil Rights with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Friends Award, and by the University of Hawaiʻi as a Distinguished Alumnus.