Walter Meheula Heen

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Walter Meheula Heen
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
In office
January 1, 1981 – December 16, 1981
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Dick Yin Wong
Succeeded by Harold Michael Fong
Personal details
Born Walter Meheula Heen
(1928-04-17) April 17, 1928 (age 90)
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Education University of Hawaii (B.A.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Walter Meheula Heen (born April 17, 1928)[1] is an American lawyer, politician and judge. He briefly served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Heen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1953. He received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1955. He was in private practice of law in Honolulu from 1955 to 1972. He was a deputy city attorney of Honolulu from 1957 to 1958. He was a Member of the Territorial House of Representatives of Hawaii in 1959. He was a Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1959 to 1964. He was a Member of the Hawaii Senate from 1966 to 1968. He was a Member of the Honolulu City Council from 1969 to 1972, serving as Chairman from 1969 to 1970. He was a Judge of the Hawaii District Court for the First Circuit from 1972 to 1974. He was a Judge of the Hawaii Circuit Court for the First Circuit from 1974 to 1978. He was the United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii from 1978 to 1980.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Heen received a recess appointment from President Jimmy Carter on January 1, 1981, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii vacated by Judge Dick Yin Wong. He was nominated to the same seat on January 8, 1981. His service was terminated on December 16, 1981, after his nomination was not confirmed by the United States Senate.[3]

Later service[edit]

Heen was an Associate Judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals from 1982 to 1994.[2][3] He was elected in 2006 as a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs representing Oʻahu. He ran for re-election in November 2010, but lost to Peter Apo.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Men and Women of Hawaii. 9. Honolulu: Star-Bulletin Print Company. 1972. p. 239. 
  2. ^ a b "Walter Meheula Heen". Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Walter Meheula Heen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ "General Election—State of Hawaii—Statewide Final Summary Report" (PDF). Hawaii office of Elections. November 16, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Dick Yin Wong
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
1981
Succeeded by
Harold Michael Fong