October 2, 2012
OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL,
ROBERT D. KAWAMURA,
ORIGINAL PROCEEDING (ODC 07-034-8494)
Electronically Filed Supreme Court SCAD-12-0000713 02-OCT-2012 08:15 AM
(By: Recktenwald, C.J., Nakayama, Acoba, McKenna, and Pollack, JJ.)
Upon consideration of the Report and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii, the stipulated facts, and the evidence in the record, it appears Respondent Robert D. Kawamura neglected a client matter for nineteen months, to the potential injury of the client's claim, in violation of Rules 1.3 and 8.4(a) of the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct. It further appears that Respondent Kawamura cooperated fully with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) in its investigation and disciplinary proceedings, but that the investigation and disciplinary proceedings were delayed for a period in excess of four years through no fault of Respondent
Kawamura's. It further appears Respondent Kawamura has a heretofore unblemished disciplinary record and has expressed remorse for his actions. Therefore,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Respondent Robert D. Kawamura is publicly censured, pursuant to Rule 2.3(a)(3) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Respondent Kawamura shall pay all costs of the proceedings, as approved upon a timely submission of a bill of costs, as prescribed by RSCH Rule 2.3(c).
/s/ Mark E. Recktenwald /s/ Paula A. Nakayama /s/ Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. /s/ Sabrina S. McKenna /s/ Richard W. Pollack
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