To Members of the Office of the Public Defender, Hawai’i Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and our extended legal community:

The following persons have submitted their applications to the Defender Council for consideration for the position of State Public Defender:

  • Darcia Forester, Esq.
  • Jon Ikenaga, Esq.
  • Craig Nagamine, Esq.
  • Eric Lee Niemeyer, Esq.

In order to provide the Defender Council with information regarding these candidates, please submit your comments on the candidates.  We would appreciate the submission of your comments as soon as possible, but in any event no later than 12:00 noon, Friday, September 22, 2023. Please be as specific as possible in your comments and confine them to the following criteria we will use in reviewing candidates:

·  Leadership

·  Integrity

·  Diligence

·  Legal Knowledge and Ability

·  Professional Experience

·  Temperament

·  Ability to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the position.

You may submit your comments to the attached links, which are confidential and do not identify the sender in any way. Alternatively, you may contact any member of the Defender Council directly.


Thank you for your participation in this important process and for the very valuable assistance you are providing to the Defender Council.


Crystal Glendon, Chair

Gina Gormley, Vice Chair

Stanton Oshiro, Member