MAUIâ€™S CORPORATION COUNSEL MOTO HONORED WITH STATE AWARD
Maui Corporation Council Brian T. Moto was honored this week with an award from the Hawaii State Bar Association, Government Lawyerâ€™s Section.Moto on Monday recived the inaugural 2008 Pro Bono Service Award for providing legal services free of charge to those in need, and for his leadership in a number of community organizations.
In recognition of his prestigious award, Moto was presented with a plaque by Retiring Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson at the Hawaii Supreme Court in Honolulu.
Commenting on his award, Mayor Charmaine Tavares noted Motoâ€™s dedication as a â€œchampion of the people, upholding the principles of justice, equality and fairness for all members of the community.â€ At a recent cabinet meeting, Mayor Tavares presented Moto with a framed commendation and expressed her gratitude for his efforts to provide pro bono services for those who cannot afford legal help. â€œHis leadership and commitment are exemplified in his long-standing support of many local organizations,â€ she said.
David A. Pendleton, GLS Chair and member of the Labor Appeals Board, remarked that Moto is an inspiration to lawyers throughout the State of Hawaii. â€œHe reminds us all that the practice of law is not just about trying cases in court or drafting contracts,â€ Pendleton said.
â€œItâ€™s about doing whatâ€™s right, seeking justice, making a contribution, and helping those who are in need. Brian is a credit to the legal profession and a person who exudes the aloha spirit.â€
Moto has practiced law since 1986, and serves in various leadership capacities with the Friends of the Childrenâ€™s Justice Center, the Maui Historical Society, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Maui AJA Veterans, Inc., St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church, Mantokuji Soto Mission of Paia and condominium association AOAO of the Gardens Upcountry.
(Posted by Wendy OSHER Â© 2009)