TLC Staff & Board


Staff

BMok Oct2019Bettina Mok, M.A., Executive Director comes to The Legal Clinic with over 20 years of non-profit management work experience, most recently as a development consultant for other non-profit organizations in Honolulu and the Bay Area. The daughter of two first-generation immigrant parents (Chinese and German), Bettina was born in Bangkok, Thailand and came to the US at the age of six. She has worked for youth-serving organizations, workforce development initiatives, environmental conservation groups, cross-cultural training initiatives, foundations, and international exchange programs. She is inspired by the power of collective action in the pursuit of justice for all. 

 

Esther Yoo TLC photo credit Pacific Business News Oct 2019 (2)Esther S. Yoo, Esq., Staff Attorney is a dedicated, long-time advocate for immigrants. Prior to her work at TLC, she was Director of the Academic Success Program at the University of Maine School of Law and an adjunct professor of legal methods and legal writing. Before joining the law school, she was a litigator in private practice, where she represented pro bono asylum clients who had been persecuted for various reasons, including their political opinion, race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, and membership in a particular social group. She also assisted pro bono clients in preparing their applications for naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).    Early in her career, Esther served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Shortly before and during the clerkship, Judge Gee decided two landmark cases involving the rights of immigrant detainees: Franco-Gonzales v. Holder, which recognized a right to legal representation for mentally incompetent immigrant detainees, and Flores v. Johnson, which enforced a consent decree outlining the standards for the treatment of minors in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The experience of clerking for Judge Gee confirmed Esther’s interest in immigration law and commitment to immigrant rights. She is now excited to help meet the legal needs of Hawaii’s immigrant community.  Esther has served in other public interest roles, including developing after-school programming and conducting educational outreach in underserved communities in Los Angeles for the University of California, fundraising and communications for the education advocacy and social work programs of the Massachusetts juvenile public defender’s office, and advocating for benefits on behalf of transition-age foster youth in Los Angeles. Esther received her A.B. from Harvard University. She attended UCLA School of Law, where she was an editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

Lia Nakao at Legislature opening Jan 2020Bree Flores 2020

 

Lia Nakao (Legal Assistant) and Brissa Flores Romero (Program Coordinator) joined TLC in early 2020. Welcome to the team! 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Corey Park, JD (President)
Retired Attorney

Lowell Chun-Hoon, Esq (Vice President)
Attorney-at-law
King Nakamura & Chun-Hoon

Kelley D. Settles (Treasurer)
Certified Non-Profit Accountant

Roman Leverenz (Secretary)
Retired Social Worker

Amy Agbayani, PhD
Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Student Diversity
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Shanty Asher, JD
Community Liaison
City & County of Honolulu

Dr. Ismail Elshikh
Imam
Muslim Association of Hawai‘i

Clare Hanusz, Esq.
Immigration Attorney / Founder
Aloha Immigration

Susan A. Li, JD
Retired Attorney 

Agnes Malate, PhD
Director of Health Careers Opportunity Program
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Shingai Masiya
Co-Founder
Aloha Dream Team

Liza Ryan Gill, MA
Immigrant Rights Advocate

Rev. Amy Wake
Senior Pastor
Trinity United Methodist Church

Susan Chong Wong, JD
Retired Attorney

ADVISORY BOARD

Rev. Thomas Choi, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Honolulu

John Robert Egan, Esq. Immigration Attorney; Director of the Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic-Univ. of Hawai’i  at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law