Setsuko Regina Gormley, also known as Gina, is locally grown, graduating from Aiea High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and East Asian Languages and Cultures, from the University of Southern California in 1999. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2006.
During law school, Gina volunteered at Immigration Legal Services in Lansing, Michigan, and completed her externship at the East Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Gina also received a Top Five Advocate Award after competing in both the Moot Court and Mock Trial Competition.
After law school, Gina clerked for both the Honorable Shackley F. Raffetto and Honorable Joseph E. Cardoza. After clerking, Gina worked for the Office of the Public Defender for four years on both Oahu and Maui. While at the Public Defender’s Office, Gina represented clients in parole hearings, minimum setting hearings, parole violation hearings, state appellate court proceedings, state district court and circuit court proceedings, involuntary commitment hearings, mental health court, weed and seed court, traffic court, and drug court.
Gina was also a Legislative Attorney for the Office of Council Services on Maui for two years. While at the Office of Council Services, Gina advised the Maui County Council, drafted legislation, staffed committee meetings, and worked closely with the Department of the Corporation Counsel.
Gina started her own practice in 2014, focusing on Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Immigration.
Gina is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii, State of California, and State of Nevada. She is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of Hawaii, and United States District Court, District of Nevada.
Gina is proficient in Japanese.
- Hawaii State Bar, Member since 2007
- Nevada State Bar, Member since 2009
- California State Bar, Member since 2012
- Phi Delta Phi, Member Since 2004
- Hawaii State Bar Association, Member since 2007
- Maui County Bar Association, Member since 2012, Board Member since 2014
- Nevada State Bar Association, Member since 2009
- California State Bar Association, Member since 2012
- National Association of Asian Pacific American Association, Member since 2013
- Hawaii Women Lawyers, Member since 2013
- HSBA Leadership Institute Fellow 2013
Gina volunteers for the Clemency Project and is a member of the Hawaii Innocence Project. Gina is also a member of the Right to Counsel Committee of the Access to Justice Commission.
In her free time, Gina enjoys watching football, working out, playing piano, and reading.
Setsuko Regina Gormley chosen for 2013 Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Leadership Institute.
Setsuko Regina Gormley appointed to Right to Counsel Committee in Access to Justice Commission.
Setsuko Regina Gormley currently serves as Grand Jury Counsel in Maui County.