Hawaii’s Chief Justice Worked With Environmentalists While Handling Climate Case

  • The chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court acknowledged he collaborated with a nonprofit environmental group to discuss climate litigation as he prepares to hear an appeal in Honolulu’s lawsuit against the energy industry.
  • In a brief notice filed earlier this month, Justice Mark Recktenwald gave parties until Friday to object to his participation in the case.
  • Environmental Policy Advocates, a group opposed to climate litigation, had requested information about the judge’s involvement with the Environmental Law Institute, a nonprofit that says it educates “thousands of professionals” and judges yearly about environmental issues.
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