Jill M. Hasegawa is a partner with Ashford & Wriston, having joined the firm in September 2004.
Ms. Hasegawa was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. She focuses her practice on family law, general civil litigation and collections/foreclosure.
Ms. Hasegawa is a member of the American Bar and Hawai`i State Bar Associations. She was also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Hawai`i in 2004.
In June 2008, Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon appointed Ms. Hasegawa as the Vice-Chair of the newly created Hawaii Access to Justice Commission. She continues to serve in this capacity. In addition to serving as the Vice-Chair of the Commission, Ms. Hasegawa also chairs the Commission’s Annual Report Committee and Legislative Task Force, and serves as a member of its Administrative Committee.
Ms. Hasegawa is a past President of the Hawaii State Bar Association's (HSBA) Young Lawyers Division (2008) and served on its Board of Directors (2006-2008). As part of her responsibilities while serving on the HSBA YLD’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hasegawa coordinated several of the YLD’s public service projects including: Junior Judges, Professionals for Drug Free Kids, and Legal Line. Ms. Hasegawa is also a past member of the HSBA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2010, she chaired the HSBA’s Elections and Nominating Committee and served her second term on the Hawaii Supreme Court Nominating Committee (2009 and 2010). Ms. Hasegawa is a member of the HSBA’s Strategic Planning Committee. In that role, she helped to spearhead the inaugural Leadership Institute Program and served as the coordinator/ facilitator for the “And Justice for All” program since its inception in 2009. She is also a member of the HSBA's Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee.
In addition to her participation with her state bar association, Ms. Hasegawa is also active with the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD). She currently serves as the ABA YLD’s Public Service Director (2011-2012), responsible for overseeing and coordinating the various YLD’s public service initiatives. These include, among others, Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans, the Law Day Video Contest, and Disaster Legal Services. She also is a current member of the ABA YLD’s Leadership Advisory Board (2010-2013). From 2008-2010, Ms. Hasegawa served as a District Representative, representing District 33 (Alaska and Hawaii), and as an Assistant Council Coordinator (2009-2010). In her capacity as ABA YLD District Representative, Ms. Hasegawa was responsible for assisting in the coordination of disaster legal services for Hawaii and Alaska with the ABA YLD and Federal Emergency Management Agency. During the 2010-2011 bar year, Ms. Hasegawa served as a Vice-Coordinator for the ABA YLD’s National Conference Team.
Ms. Hasegawa is very supportive of and involved with her alma mater. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the University of Hawaii Alumni Association, a past President of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association and a current member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Hasegawa is an active participant in the law school’s mentoring program. She is also a volunteer with The George Washington University alumni admissions program.
Ms. Hasegawa is very active in her local community. She serves on the Board of the Friends of the East-West Center, and is a participant with the Friend’s host family program. In addition, Ms. Hasegawa is a volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and the Judiciary's Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) Kid's First Program. She is also a member of the Junior League of Honolulu.
In 2009, Ms. Hasegawa was recognized by Pacific Business News as one of Hawaii's "Forty Under Forty" top business and community leaders.
In 2010, Ms. Hasegawa was honored by the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division with its Justice Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice. Those contributions include her involvement in pro bono legal services, her active support of legal activities beneficial to society as a whole, and her encouragement of public education on legal issues.
- Queen Emma Foundation v. Tatibouet, 123 Haw. 500, 236 P.3d 1236 (App. Ct 2010)
- J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 2004.
- B.A., Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1999.