Community Commitment

The landscape is changing, but the destination hasn’t.

At Cades, every attorney—regardless of title or seniority— is expected to support our core value of SERVICE through pro bono work.

Our attorneys regularly accept the representation of individuals and organizations who would otherwise be unable to retain counsel, ensuring that the justice system is available to all who need it. Our pro bono clients receive the same levels of diligence, commitment, and zealous advocacy provided to all of our clients.

Recent pro bono matters have included assisting veterans, representing an individual seeking a guardianship of a severely disabled adult, and litigation on behalf of indigent clients. Cades attorneys have also assisted schools, religious organizations, and other non-profit organizations unable to afford representation in corporate, tax, and transactional matters.

Our attorneys also pursue better systems of justice through leadership of organizations such as the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, Volunteer Legal ServicesHawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Women Lawyers, and enhance our community’s arts communities through service to the Honolulu Symphony, Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Ballet Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Public Radio, Diamond Head Theatre, and Manoa Valley Theater.

We continually challenge ourselves to do more.

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Global Initiative, Local Ingenuity

“The pursuit of equal justice for all is truly a noble endeavor.”
— Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge
Daniel R. Foley, Chair, Hawai‘i Access to Commission


Setting the Bar

For long-time attorneys such as Jeff Portnoy, a partner with Cades Schutte, pro bono work is routine.

Jeff provides legal counsel to nonprofits and individuals, and far exceeds the HSBA’s recommended 50 hours of pro bono work each year. He has also annually volunteered his time to teach U.S. constitutional law at law schools in Hungary and Estonia, and will teach in Warsaw, Poland, next year. Learn more here.


Cades Schutte recognized by Hawai`i State Legislature

The Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i has recognized, commended and thanked Cades for its commitment and dedication to increasing equal access to justice and to selflessly providing legal services without compensation.


Creating a Sustainable Community

Chris Mashiba, a partner at Cades Schutte, was honored by the Business Law Corps (“BLC”) for his contributions since BLC’s inception in December 2011. Chris and Cades became one of BLC’s initial groups of participating lawyers and law firms.

Since then, he has generously volunteered his time and talents to represent new entrepreneurs in need of assistance to launch their promising businesses. Recently, Chris traveled to Maui with other BLC participating attorneys to conduct, in collaboration with the Maui Economic Development Board, a seminar and one-on-one meetings with entrepreneurs on Creating Fundable Startups. Chris’ contributions facilitated BLC in fulfilling its mission of promoting economic justice and creating sustainable jobs for the community.