University of Hawai'i at Manoa

CPS Filipino Centennial Lecture Series

Filipino-American Lawyers in Hawaii:
Status and Challenges

By Abelina Madrid Shaw

About the Lecture:

This lecture seeks to examine the development of the legal profession in the Filipino-American community, since the 1950s, when there were only a few graduates of law schools until today when at least 150 Filipino- Americans have become lawyers in Hawaii. Specifically, it will look into how many men and women of Filipino ancestry have entered the legal profession and the obstacles they faced as well as their accomplishments and future challenges.

[Abelina Madrid Shaw is currently a practicing attorney on immigration law. She was the first female Filipino-American graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Richardson School of Law. She was born on Kauai of Filipino immigrant parents from Bacarra, Ilocos Norte in Northern Philippines. She was also the first Filipino-American woman to be appointed Chief of Staff to Mayor Jeremy Harris in the City and County of Honolulu, where she had also served as First Deputy Corporation Counsel and Director of the Department of Community Services.]

The CPS Filipino Centennial Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Center for Philippine Studies website at or call Clem Montero at 956-6086 or email

Venue & Date: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Nov. 17, 2005, CKS, 12:00-2:00pm.

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