Attorney Jill L. Uehara was born and raised in Wailuku, Hawaii. She is a graduate of St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School. In 2010, Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in Politics with a Certificate in African Studies. At Princeton, Jill was an active member of the Cap and Gown Club as well as a member of the Lightweight Crew team. During the summer of 2008, Jill interned for Senator Daniel Inouye in Washington D.C.
After graduation from Princeton, Jill moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pursue a Master’s degree in Health Management Systems from Duquesne University. After earning her Master’s degree in 2012, Jill worked for Pediatric Alliance LLC as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Business Analyst. In 2014, Jill returned to Hawaii to pursue her dream of becoming a criminal law attorney in her home state. Jill enrolled at William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. While in law school, Jill was on the executive board of the Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal as Publications Editor. She was also a member of the honors fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, and graduated in the top half of her class. In 2018, Jill was awarded with the American Jurisprudence Award in Trusts and Estates.
After several internships with the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office, Jill moved to Maui to clerk for the Chief Administrative Judge of the Second Circuit Court in Hawaii, the Honorable Richard T. Bissen Jr. As Judge Bissen’s law clerk, Jill aided the chambers in managing the daily calendar and served as bailiff in over ten jury trials. After her clerkship ended in 2018, Jill served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the County of Maui until March of 2019 in the District Court of the Second Circuit. Jill joined the Attorneys for Freedom in March of 2020 and has been licensed in the Federal District and State Courts of Hawaii since November of 2018.
In her free time Jill enjoys going to the beach with her dog Sullivan and is an avid Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan. She is an active member of the American Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Association.
Juris Doctor – William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa – May 2018
American Jurisprudence Award Trusts and Estates.
Member of Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity and Lambda Law Student Association.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA – August 2012
Post-Baccalaureate Program & Master of Health Management Systems Degree.
Selected Coursework: Project Management, Managerial Economics, Statistics, Health Care Delivery and Organization.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ – June 2010
A.B. in Politics & Certificate in African Studies.
Senior Thesis: Diepsloot Aflame: An Analysis of Violence and Xenophobia.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney – Department of Prosecuting Attorney, Wailuku, HI County of Maui
August 2019 to February 2020
Deputy Prosecutor in District Court in the Second Circuit Court. Litigates rigorous calendar on behalf of the State of Hawaii in misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor, and traffic cases. Undefeated trial record. Negotiates plea agreements and settles cases with opposing counsel on a daily basis. Interviews and prepares civilian, professional, and law enforcement witnesses for trials and evidentiary hearings. Screens and makes charging decisions on non-arrest and arrest cases assigned to District Courtroom 3D. Authors court motions pertaining to questions of law or fact and subsequently argues motions in court. Coordinates case development with assigned paralegal and investigator. Periodically on call 24/7 for weekly rotation to review law enforcement declarations for judicial determination of probable cause and responds to inquiries of police sergeants in pending felony and non-felony matters. Involved in community outreach for children in foster care system and access to justice for juveniles.
Judicial Law Clerk – Honorable Richard T. Bissen Jr. State Judiciary, Second Circuit Court, Wailuku, HI – August 2018 to August 2019
Intern – Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Honolulu, HI – May 2016-July 2017
Admitted in Hawaii, May 2018