The Maui News - Adrianne Heely was praised for her legal skills as well as for her volunteer work in the community as she was sworn in on Monday, May 14, as a 2nd Circuit District Family Court judge.
The new judge is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i's William F. Richardson School of Law.
Heely was to begin her six-year judicial term on May 15, presiding over a case on Lana'i.
"I am humbled and honored," said Heely, whose nomination to the judgeship was confirmed by the state Senate last month. "I will do my best to serve the people of Hawai'i and Maui County by giving due consideration to the aloha spirit."
Heely had been working as a Maui County deputy corporation counsel. She is a former deputy public defender on Maui and Oahu and also worked as a litigation associate at three local law firms.
A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was admitted to the Hawai'i bar in May 1999. Heely also had been vice president of the Maui County Bar Association. She is the third woman to serve as a judge in the 2nd Circuit.