will be the topic of our keynote speech. Our guest speaker will be Representative Sylvia Luke. Representative Luke, chair of the House Finance Committee, has been at the forefront of efforts to increase transparency in public funding and to cut back the excessive use of earmarking and special funds.
Representative Luke was born in Seoul, Korea. She immigrated to Hawaii in her early childhood, attending and graduating from public schools. She received her B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1989, then received her law degree from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1995 where she was a member of the USF Law Review.
Representative Luke represents the 25th House District (Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights and Pauoa) and is currently serving her ninth term. She is the Chair of the House Finance Committee but has also served as the Vice Speaker of the House; Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary; Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Legislative Management; Vice Chair of the House Committee on Economic Committee on War Preparedness.
In 2000, she was awarded the Hawaii Technology Association Award for Outstanding Civic Leadership and the Korean American Coalition Pioneer Award in Leadership in 2003, as well as awards from the AARP and the Humane Society.
Recently, she was the recipient of the 2014 Hawaii Women Lawyers Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to her position in the Legislature, she works as an attorney for Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina and Fairbanks, a prominent personal injury law firm in Hawaii.
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