HONOLULU — Chief Judge Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed two individuals to fill First Circuit judicial positions, one in the District Family Court and one in the District Court.

Jean Alberto Montalbano was appointed to the District Family Court, replacing retired Judge Sheri-Ann Iha. Montalbano has served as a district court judge per diem since 2014. He is currently on temporary active duty as the Command Deputy Judge Advocate for the 9e MSC. Previously, he worked in family law at Farrell & Associate, LLLC, and in civil litigation at Fukunaga Matayoshi Hershey & Ching, LLP. In 2006-2007, he was deployed as a trial attorney with 657e ASG in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served as an Assistant Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu from 2002 to 2008. Montalbano graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law and was called to the bar of the State of Hawaii in 2001.

Montalbano has been an active member of numerous community programs, including a volunteer attorney in the Kapolei Access to Justice Room and with VLSH, a volunteer arbitrator with the Court Annexed Arbitration Program, and a volunteer mentor/coach for HSBA’s annual mock trial competition.

Timothy E. Ho was appointed to the district court, replacing Judge Kevin Morikone, who was appointed to the seat of the circuit court. Ho opened a solo law practice in May 2022 and has served as a district court judge per diem since 2021. From 2018 to 2022, he worked at Imanaka Asato, LLC as a civil litigation attorney. From 1987 to 2018, he held various positions with the Office of the Public Defender, handling appeals, district and family court trials, felony trials, as supervising counsel and as as Deputy Chief Public Defender. Ho graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1987.

Throughout his career, Ho has volunteered his time for many outside pursuits, including serving on the Public Safety Department’s Reinstatement Commission and as an adjunct professor at Richardson Law School. He has also conducted training at public defender seminars, for judges from Thailand, Japan, and members of the Kauai Bar Association, among others.

The Chief Justice made his appointments from the nomination lists presented to him by the Judicial Selection Commission on August 24, 2022. Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

# # #