HI v. Trump: A Discussion with Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha

  • October 25, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Ashford & Wriston, First Hawaiian Center, 17th Floor (Conference Room)


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Hawaii v. Trump:
a Discussion with Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha

Ms. Marie-Iha, along with Attorney General Doug Chin, other deputy attorneys general, and outside counsel at Hogan Lovells, including former Acting Solicitor General Neeal Katyal, represents Hawaii and plaintiff Ismail Elshikh in the case, Hawaii v. Trump, otherwise known as the "travel ban" case. 

Ms. Marie-Iha will share a brief overview of the case, including its genesis, procedural history, and significance, followed by a description of her role in the litigation and how working on the case has affected her personally and professionally.

Date:  October 25, 2017

Time:  Noon-1 p.m.

Location:  Ashford & Wriston, First Hawaiian Center, 17th Floor

Cost:  Free for HWL members; $5 for guests

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Deirdre Marie-Iha is a Deputy Attorney General at the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General.  She works on Special Projects, an ever-changing collection of high-profile litigation, high-profile legislation, and other projects as assigned, which can and do touch upon a vast variety of issues across State government. Deirdre has worked at the AGs office for thirteen years.  For State of Hawaii v. Trump, the challenge to the travel and refugee bans, Deirdre serves as point within the AG’s office and liaison between our office and our outside counsel at Hogan Lovells in D.C. 

Much of Deirdre’s practice focuses on constitutional law.  She drafts trial court filings and appellate briefs in major cases; argues before state and federal trial and appellate courts; prepares formal Attorney General opinions; and reviews legislation for constitutionality.  Deirdre has also assisted with the drafting and enactment of major legislation, including campaign finance disclosure laws and Hawaii’s Marriage Equality Act. 

Before joining the Department of the Attorney General, Deirdre served as a law clerk for Associate Judge Corinne K.A. Watanabe of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (now retired).  Prior to that, she practiced for several years in California.  Deirdre was admitted to the California Bar in 1999 and the Hawaii Bar in 2003.  Deirdre graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1999, in the top 20% of her class.  She received her B.A. in History from Cornell University in 1996, Phi Beta Kappa, and with Distinction in All Subjects.