Sherry Broder


Sherry Broder wins the Cox Price Award


Awards and Honors top

Sherry P. Broder received the Cox Human Rights Award from the Ved Nanda Center for International Law
November 2007
Hawaii Bar Journal

Sherry P. Broder received the Cox Price Human Rights Award from the Ved Nanda Center for International Law. This award is given to recognize exceptional contributions by an individual to the dignity and well-being of humanity through the legal process. Broder represents Native Hawaiians in their claims for entitlements and defends the constitutionality of their programs. She has been instrumental and efforts to reestablish the Hawaiian language.more...

The Cox Price Human Rights Award
October, 25 2007
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Honolulu attorney Sherry P. Broder received the Cox Price Human Rights Award from the University of Denver Law School for contributing to the dignity and well-being of humanity through the legal process.more...

Hawaii's Top Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation
February 1997
Honolulu Magazine

Sherry Broder is probably most famous for the heptachlor milk contamination case of the 1980s, and for the still ongoing case against the Ferdinand Marcos regime brought by the 10,000 Philippine victims of torture. Most of her work is smaller scale, however—auto accidents and product defects. The reason she chose personal injury litigation as her kuleana? 'I thought I could help people and be able to fight for justice.more...

10 Who Made a Difference
January 1, 1996
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

This Honolulu attorney has fought to help victims of the Marcos regime get their due.more...

Sherry Broder: A First in a 92-year History
March 1993
Hawaii Bar Journal

Do you view yourself as just the bar president or as the first woman bar president? I view it both ways: as a bar president to provide leadership, to encourage lawyers to move ahead in a positive manner for themselves and for the community; and as the first woman bar president, which I feel is an accomplishment, to provide a role model. I guess that people are looking to me for leadership because I am a first.more...

Sherry P. Broder: Fighting for the Underdog
October 7, 1992
Midweek Cover Storyl

Women have made a lot of progress professionally, Broder says. But it's hard to belive this is 1992 and I'm the first woman lawyer to be president of the Hawaii State Bar Associationmore...

Broder Ramifications
February, 1992
Hawaii Business

Sherry Broder is elected president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the first woman president in the 92-year history of the HSBA.more...

Accidents top

Civil suit settled in the '91 wrongful death of Dana Ireland
February 9, 1996
Honolulu Advertiser

Sherry Broder represents the family of Dana Ireland. Dana was brutally assulted and left to die in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii. She negotiated a $500,000 settlement against the County of Hawaii for its failure to respond to a 911 emergency call in a timely matter. She also assisted the family in their eight-year effort to obtain justice and a murder conviction.more...

Defective Products top

Heptachlor study will track isle students
November 30, 1998
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Sherry Broder, attorney who handled the lawsuit, said the study is part of a $4 million settlement to claims made from the heptachlor exposure.more...

Kids and heptachlor: What's in the Future?
November 1988
Honolulu Magazine

What Broder did with the $4 million settlement set a precedent for toxic chemical law suits and was written up in the Harvard Environmental Law Review; The money went to the Hawaii Heptachlor Research & Education Foundation, a non-profit institution set up under court supervision to conduct medical monitoring programs, focused primarily on the 80,000 Oahu children, now aged 6 to 11, who are most at risk.more...

Heptachlor: the $4 million sequel
February 1987
Honolulu Magazine

Broder has won a $ 1 million settlement from Foremost and another $3 million from Meadow Gold. The $4 million will be used for a medical monitoring program designed to discover what effects drinking contaminated milk had on Hawaii's population.more...

Human Rights top

Philippines May End Hunt For Treasures Looted By Marcos
January 4, 2013
LA Times

The late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos so skillfully squirreled away billions in national wealth that, even 26 years after his ouster, those pursuing recovery of the ill-gotten bounty have little inkling of its true value.more...

Sherry Broder: Old Friends
March 2, 2011

One would think that after working on a single case for 25 years, the fire woould start to fade, but that is hardly the truth for Honolul human rights attornery Sherry Broder. more...

Justice Finally Achieved for Victims of Marcos
February 1, 2011
Star Adviser

The recent decision to compensate human rights victims of torture and abuse during the martial law regime in the Philippines is a major breakthrough in the long and complicated litigation against the Marcos estate, which started in the early 1990s. more...

U.N.: Pay Marcos' victims
April 19, 2007
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

A United Nations committee has said the Philippines is obligated to compensate human rights victims for the "unreasonable" delay in paying a $2 billion judgment issued in Honolulu against the estate of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. "We're just ecstatic about the opinion," said Honolulu attorney Sherry Broder, one of five attorneys who have represented the human rights victims in ongoing litigation with the Marcoses and his estate for the past 21 years. "This is another step toward collection, and it is a significant victory because justice delayed is justice denied," Broder said.more...

Marcos victims to collect $40M, highest total to date
May 5, 2006
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"'This is the first major amount of money we've been awarded,' said Sherry Broder, one of three attorneys representing the victims and their families. 'We are delighted that our clients will finally be in a position to achieve a recovery to provide some real compensation for the grave abuses they have suffered.'"more...

Judge allots $35 million to plaintiffs vs. Marcos
July 13, 2004
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Sherry Broder, one of three attorneys representing the victims, called the ruling a significant step in collecting the judgment. 'What we're trying to do is make these human rights cases meaningful, and the only way it will truly be meaningful is if the victims recover something,' she said."more...

Judge weighs fraud in Marcos lawsuit: At stake is $40 million allegedly belonging to the deceased dictator
February 25, 2004
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Attorneys representing a class action of 9,539 Filipinos that successfully sued the Marcos estate for human-rights abuses are trying to recover the $40 million to start paying a $2 billion judgment awarded to the class by a Honolulu jury in 1995.more...

Judge lifts stay order in Marcos lawsuit
June 21, 2003
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"We're not giving up," [Broder] said. "We will never give up."more...

Marcos banker’s testimony sought: A judge orders the financier to testify on Swiss bank accounts
June 25, 2002
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"We've been trying ... to track down and recover the Swiss assets," Broder said. "We need to move ahead and recover the Marcos assets and we believe the Swiss financial institutions should not be a safe haven for torturers and tyrants around the world."more...

Marcos wealth issue raised in federal court
July 18, 2000
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

[The Marcoses] assertion that they have no money or they have no access to any assets and are living on loans from friends for 14 years after Marcos was deposed and 11 years after his death is simply not credible," Broder saidmore...

Marcos family agrees to pay $150 million
February 25, 1999
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"This result holds a dictator accountable and finally fulfills the goal we sought in 1986 when Ferdinand Marcos fled to Honolulu from the Philippines," said Sherry Broder, a Honolulu attorney who was one of the lawyers for the victimsmore...

Deal will mean cash for Marcos victims
September 18, 1995
Honolulu Advertiser

If the settlement is approved by the Marcos family, the 9,541 victims of torture, execution and "disappearance" under Marcos martial law from 1971 to 1986 would be the first human rights victims in history to get money by suing their oppressors, according to Honolulu attorney Sherry Broder.more...

Marcos' Estate to Pay $770 Million
January 19, 1995
Rocky Mountain News

Honolulu attorney Sherry Broder, who appeared for the plaintiffs, said she hopes the decision "sends a message to other dictators who abuse their victims."more...

Marcos victims trying to get $1.2 billion
September 14, 1994
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"Sherry P. Broder said the 10,000 victims are seeking the money before Imelda Marcos' and the Philippine government's maneuver to liquidate her assets. .more...

Marcos regime guilty on torture charges
September 25, 1992
Honolulu Advertiser

After deliberating the equivalent of two days, the seven-man, four woman panel returned with verdicts favoring all but two of the trial's approximately 10,000 Filipino plaintiffs....Attorneys Sherry Broder of Honolulu and Robert Swift of Philadelphia, who represented the plaintiffs, hugged each other as the verdicts were read.more...

Taking terror to trial
August 9, 1991
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Personal-injury cases like these, she says, "are on the cutting edge of law. Now we're looking for a means for people to have justice after torture."more...

Native Hawaiian Rights top

Sherry Broder at the Fourth Annual Hawaii Federal Bar Association Conference
December 2012

Sherry Broder at the Fourth Annual Hawaii Federal Bar Association Conference in December 14, 2012 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.more...

Developer gives up reclassification bid for site-rich Po'ipu tract
August 2007
Ka Wai Ola

Sherry Broder, an attorney who represented OHA in the public hearings before the state, called the Knudsen Trust's decision to pull its petition 'a tremendous victory.more...

DISMISSED! Arakaki suit thrown out of federal court
February 2004
Ka Wai Ola

Federal District Judge Susan Oki Mollway issued an order dismissing the Arakaki v. Lingle lawsuit, which had sought to have government programs benefiting Native Hawaiians declared unconstitutional. OHA attorney Sherry Broder had argued for dismissal of the suit on the grounds that it was based on an essentially political question.more...

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against OHA
January 15, 2004
Honolulu Advertiser

"Broder's motion to dismiss the case contended that recent acts of Congress shepherding Hawaiian programs have fueled a political process that the courts should not interrupt."more...

Ruling due on motion to reject challenge to Hawaiian benefit
January 11, 2004
Honolulu Advertiser

"Broder said the basis of her argument is that the treatment of Hawaiians is 'a political question, and Congress has made a determination that Native Hawaiians should be treated the same as Native Americans.'"more...

Ruling hailed as 'victory for Hawaiians
September 3, 2003
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"Sherry Broder, lead attorney for OHA, called the ruling an 'important victory for Hawaiians and their continuing battle to preserve Hawaiian rights.'"more...

Judge denies bid to end native Hawaiian funding
March 13, 2002
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"OHA board attorney Sherry Broder said the plaintiffs' use of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Rice vs. Cayetano case does not mean they will prevail."more...

Federal judge rejects suit against OHA
February 20, 2002
Honolulu Advertiser

"Attorney Sherry Broder...said this case differed from the Rice vs. Cayetano case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Hawaiian-only elections were unconstitutional." more...

OHA wants control of ceded lands
November 21, 2001
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"Broder said international law requires governments to take steps to protect lands for indigenous people and to resolve land claims."more...

'Hawaiians-Only' Lawsuit Thrown Out
July 12, 2001
KITV4 News

"Broder responded: 'There's no reason why Native Hawaiians shouldn't be treated the same as Navajos who have reservations and have trust funds.'"more...

Barrett's standing on OHA constitutionality questioned
July 3, 2001
Honolulu Advertiser

"Sherry Broder yesterday called bogus Patrick Barrett's claims of discrimination in the rejection of an OHA business loan he had sought."more...

Still reeling from Rice vs. Cayetano
February 22, 2001
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"'These cases really attack the fabric of the society and the history of Hawaii,' Broder said." more...

Thousands to demonstrate for Hawaiian entitlements
January 31, 2001
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

A lawsuit challenging a 1978 Hawaii constitutional amendment that supports Hawaiian homesteading, the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and native access and gathering rights seeks to halt the state from receiving and spending money for programs that exclusively benefit Hawaiians. Sherry Broder, attorney for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, said, "We are confident that we will be able to defend Hawaiian rights and entitlements."more...

Community top

Rusti will stay at Honolulu Zoo
February 14, 2004
Honolulu Advertiser

Orangutan foundation attorney Sherry Broder said that as Rusti's lawyer, she's confident he'll be happy in his new home. "I think he's getting a wonderful deal," she said.more...

Orangutan’s home will remain at the zoo
February 14, 2004
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"Under a written agreement between the city and the foundation, the foundation will continue to pay for Rusti's food (about $250 worth of fruits and vegetables a month), a designated keeper and the full cost of the new enclosure, said Sherry Broder, attorney for the foundation. The zoo's staff veterinarian will provide services, as needed, at the city's expense, she said."more...

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