Hale Kipa announced on June 8, 2018, that Katherine Bennett, JD, MSW, has joined its Board of Directors.
Bennett is a family mediator with Bennett Law Group in Hawaii. She has nearly two decades of experience in education, social work, child advocacy and family law.
In her current role, Bennett works to settle and litigate disputes in the areas of divorce, paternity, guardianship, adoption and child welfare. In addition to her private practice, she regularly mediates for the State of Hawaii Family Court of the First Circuit’s On-Site Paternity Mediation Pilot Program and the Oahu Child Welfare Mediation Program at the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei.
Licensed to practice law in Hawaii since 2005, Bennett is a member of the Family Law, Child Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii Association for Conflict Resolution, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and has served on the board of Mental Health America of Hawaii since 2007, including two years as board president.
Bennett received the Hawaii Access to Justice Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2014 and the National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter Social Justice and Advocacy Award in 2015. She holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in anthropology and economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
“We are pleased to have Katie join Hale Kipa’s Board of Directors,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. “She brings a wealth of knowledge in child welfare and advocacy that will strengthen the programs and services we provide to at-risk youth and their families throughout Hawaii.”