Maui Nui Law & Justice Academy

Mahalo for your interest in the Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i (“Maui Nui”) Law & Justice Academy!

Due to the Maui Wildfires, the Academy previously scheduled for October 2023 will be rescheduled for the Spring of 2025. Please check back for the rescheduled dates and times as well as updates. If you have already applied, your application will automatically be considered for the Spring Academy.

Maui Nui’s Law & Justice Academy is open to all interested Molokai, Lāna’i and Maui High School Students. Space is limited for this great opportunity, so apply right away!  Meals for all participants and flights from Molokai and Lana`i for those from Molokai and Lana’i will be provided at no cost to participants

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The Maui Nui Law & Justice Academy is a three-day intensive program for high school students interested in justice, the law, leadership, advocacy and/or careers in the legal field. Modeled after the highly successful Richardson Law & Justice Summer Program, the goal of the Academy is to introduce high school students to issues of law and justice; build their skills in discussion, research, debate, analysis, and advocacy; and provide them with the tools and inspiration to become active and involved citizens of their communities.

During the Academy, students will engage in a variety of law-related educational activities including:

  • Preparing for and taking part in a mock trial involving a Maui specific issue.
  • Organizing arguments for clarity and rhetorical effectiveness.
  • Discussing how context, history, and civic responsibility inform legal decision-making.
  • Learning about college and law school.
  • Attending classes taught by lawyers and judges.
  • Visiting the judiciary and meeting judges and court staff.
  • Meeting Maui attorneys and staff.
  • Visiting the Waihe‘e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge.

Another goal of the Academy is to increase interest in college, law school, and legally-related careers among young people from backgrounds and populations traditionally underrepresented among attorneys, judges, and political decision-makers.

The Maui County Bar Association, in partnership with UH Maui College and the Commission to Promote and Advance Civic Education, is providing the Academy free of charge to participants.  To apply, please complete the following application and submit the required writing sample by  Thursday, August 31, 2023 The dates are extended.

Questions? Email us at or call Christina Lizzi, President, MCBA at (808) 633-3966.

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Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

Is transportation provided?

Transportation to the Academy is not provided. Parents or guardians must promptly drop students off at the beginning of the day and promptly pick them up at the end of the day. MCBA cannot provide supervision of students outside of Academy hours.

Any transportation for activities during the day – such as the outing to Waihe’e Coastal Dune Refuge – will be provided.

Are meals included?

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We will send out a form to all participants in advance so that they can let us know about any dietary needs.

What should I wear?

Please wear school-appropriate attire.

How do I let you know about any special needs I may have to accommodate my participation?

Once students are notified of their selection, they will have the opportunity to let us know if they need any special accommodations. If you have any question about this in advance, please email us at


Flight costs for accepted participants from Moloka’i and Lāna’i will be provided. Parents are responsible for ensuring student housing, transportation, and appropriate supervision outside of Academy hours. MCBA is actively working to secure discounted rates at local hotels for students and their chaperones.

About the Program | FAQ | Students from Moloka’i and Lāna’i

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