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Ninth Circuit Judges Head Back to Hawaii for Hearings

By Robyn Hagan Cain on February 08, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

We would understand if Ninth Circuit Court of Court of Appeals were a little hesitant to hop on a plane to Hawaii for "official business" these days.

After last year's Judicial Conference debacle — which actually sounded like a productive conference in a great location — Ninth Circuit judges need a good reason to travel to the Aloha State.

A reason like a hearing, perhaps ...

The Ninth Circuit heads to Hawaii this month for two sittings at its regular location, and a special sitting on February 12 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law.

The three-judge panel, Judges Susan Graber of Portland, Oregon, Jay Bybee of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Morgan Christen of Anchorage, Alaska, will hear six appeals of decisions by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

The cases on the docket are:

  • He v. Holder, an asylum appeal based on China's One Child policy.
  • Enriquez v. Aurora Loan Services LLC, a mortgage dispute regarding alleged Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act violations.
  • U.S. v. Ruskjer, a mail fraud conviction appeal.
  • Ah Quin v. County of Kauai, a summary judgment appeal that involves gender discrimination and bankruptcy.
  • HIE Holdings, Inc. v. CIR, a tax court appeal.
  • Rodriguez v. General Dynamics Arm & Tech, a product liability case.

Oral arguments will begin at 9 a.m. in the law school's Moot Courtroom at 2515 Dole St. A photo ID will be required for entry.

Enjoy the sunshine when you can, Your Honors. Considering that the 2013 Judicial Conference was postponed because the 2012 Judicial Conference was too awesome, it will be a long time before you officially get back to Hawaii for anything but a hearing.

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