Dina Shek '06

  • Co-Director, Health Law Policy Center- Community Projects
  • Legal Director, Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai‘i
  • Lecturer in Law
  • Assistant Faculty Specialist

Degrees

  • BM New England Conservatory of Music 1993
  • MA San Francisco State University 2003
  • JD William S. Richardson School of Law 2006

Biography

Dina Shek is a licensed attorney in Hawai'i. Specializing in child abuse and neglect cases through the Law School's Hawai'i Child Welfare Program, Dina has assisted parents in child welfare court cases, and also worked with judges, lawyers and child welfare administrators to improve court practices and explore best practices in child welfare.

Prior to entering law school, Dina spent nearly ten years as a community organizer, educator and advocate for social justice with organizations including Asian Improv aRts, Justice Matters Institute, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. She also has extensive development and fundraising experience, all of it on behalf of the public sector. Dina holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies) where she taught "Concentration Camps, USA" and completed a thesis titled, "Re-visiting Japanese American Redress: Loyalty and the Exclusion of Expatriates."

Dina has received numerous awards and distinctions for her social justice work including the Samuel Soifer Social Justice Award, the Justice Edward H. Nakamura Memorial Scholarship and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarship. Currently, Dina is working with pediatrician Dr. Chris Derauf to develop a Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai'i, seeking to improve the health and well-being of low- and moderate-income families in Hawai'i's Kalihi Valley.