Kai Lawrence (JD '11) Argues Case Before Hawaii Supreme Court
Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus Kai Lawrence (JD '11) argued the case JBNC v. Namahoe before the Hawaii Supreme Court on August 25. The case involves wrongful foreclosure proceedings instituted by reverse mortage company JBNC against an elderly homeowner. A decision in the case is expected in October.
Lawrence graduated from Caruso Law 2011, specializing in criminal law, constitutional law, and international criminal law. In 2012, after passing both the California and Hawaii bar exams, Lawrence moved to Kauai, Hawaii, where he began work as a prosecutor handling DUIs. In 2013, Lawrence opened Kai Law, specializing in criminal defense, while also working as a general practitioner handling client's estate planning needs, as well as various types of civil and criminal litigation. In 2019, Lawrence moved to Oahu to specialize in appellate law full time. Earlier this year, Lawrence won a criminal appeal in State v. Tuimealiifano, relating to withdrawal of a plea agreement post-sentencing, and obtained a favorable dissenting opinion in State v. Silva, relating to juror impartiality
Additional information on JBNC v. Namahoe may be found at Kai Law, LLC