Brook Hart

  • Lecturer in Law


  • BA Johns Hopkins University
  • JD Columbia University Law School


Brook Hart was the Chief Public Defender for the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i from 1970 to 1972, responsible for initiating the programs for the criminal defense of indigent persons in all of Hawai‘i 's state and federal courts. Before his service as Chief Public Defender for Hawai‘i, in 1966-1967 he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Martin Pence, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i. Mr. Hart is a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and numerous other professional organizations. Mr. Hart has been selected for listing in "The Best Lawyers in America" every year since the publication was founded, in 1983. Mr. Hart has authored or co-authored numerous professional publications, and since 1995 he has often appeared as a guest commentator on Court TV.  He has taught the Hawai‘i Innocence Project course since its inception in 2005.