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Sabrina S. McKenna

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Sabrina S. McKenna
Court Information:
Hawaii Supreme Court
Title:   Associate Justice
Salary:  $206,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Active:   2011-2021
Past post:   Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii
Past term:   1995-2011
Past post 2:   District Judge
Past term 2:   1993-1995
Personal History
Born:   October 7, 1957
Undergraduate:   University of Hawaii, Manoa
Law School:   University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson Law School, 1982

Sabrina S. McKenna is an associate justice of the five member Hawaii Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court on January 25, 2011 by Governor Neil Abercrombie. The nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Hawaii Senate in February 2011. Her current term expires in 2021.[1][2][3]


McKenna earned her undergraduate in Japanese from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 1982.[4]


McKenna spent her early legal career in private practice. She also taught as an assistant professor at the University of Hawai'i Law School. On November 30, 1993, she became a District Judge, where she served until joining the O'ahu First Circuit in 1995. In 2011, she was appointed and confirmed to the Hawaii Supreme Court.[4]

Court of Appeals nomination

On January 22, 2010, the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission recommended McKenna for a seat on the Intermediate Court of Appeals to Governor Linda Lingle.[5]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. McKenna received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.85, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.29 that justices received in Hawaii. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

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