Lecturer in Law
BEd, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1980
JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1984
Mei Nakamoto has been practicing law since 1984 when she began her career in San Francisco. She returned to Hawaii in 1989 where she continued her work in the area of business litigation with the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. In 1998 Ms. Nakamoto began her career as a family law practitioner when she became a staff attorney at Domestic Violence Clearinghouse & Legal Hotline (now Domestic Violence Action Center). In 2001, Ms. Nakamoto started her private practice in family law. She has been a Volunteer Settlement Master with the Family Court of the First Circuit’s VSM Program since its inception in 2004.
A graduate of Farrington High School (1975), University of Hawaii at Manoa (B.Ed. with distinction and B.S. 1980 with distinction) and Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) (J.D. 1984), Ms. Nakamoto is an active member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and inactive member of the California State Bar Association. She has served on various bar and bench-bar panels and committees (including the Permanent Committee on the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules, and the Child Support Guidelines Task Force), staffs the clinics held by Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaiʻi and at the Kapolei Access To Justice Room, mediates at the Mediation Center of the Pacific, trains attorneys who volunteer to serve through the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi and VLSH, and is a Master Bencher with the James S. Burns Aloha Chapter of the American Inns of Court.