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Stewart Yerton

Stewart Yerton reports on business and the economy for Honolulu Civil Beat. Those are subjects he spent more than a decade reporting on — at publications in New York, New Orleans and Honolulu.

He’s written about the U.S. treasury bond market, the business of big law firms, controversies surrounding the world’s largest gold mine on the island of New Guinea and corruption in the Louisiana casino industry. His reporting on the human cadaver trade, published in The Times-Picayune newspaper, won the Society of American Business Editors & Writers 2005 Best in Business Award for Enterprise Reporting in the large newspaper category.

Stewart’s first big newspaper story, for The Birmingham (Ala.) News, was about a political battle between a small-town mayor and the volunteer firefighters who were trying to oust him from office because of the mayor’s 30-year-old conviction for making moonshine whiskey. The story briefly thrust the tiny town of Brookside, Ala., into the national spotlight when The Washington Post came to write about the comic-gothic brouhaha.

A member of the Hawaii State Bar Association since January 2012, Stewart graduated cum laude from University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he earned the environmental law certificate. His paper “Procedural Standing and the Hawaii Superferry Decision: How a Surfer, a Paddler, and an Orchid Farmer Aligned Hawaii’s Standing Doctrine with Federal Principles” was published in the Asian Pacific Law & Policy Journal in 2011. In law school, Stewart externed for U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra and served as the law school’s first Jarman Environmental Law Fellow. Stewart also has worked as an analyst with the Hawaii State Auditor’s office.

When not working, Stewart can often be found practicing yoga and Argentine tango, attempting to play guitar, and chauffeuring his two daughters around Oahu.

Bar Brawl: Can The World’s Largest Law Firm Practice In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bar Brawl: Can The World’s Largest Law Firm Practice In Hawaii?

A Honolulu lawyer wants to block the merger of one of the state’s most prominent law firms with a giant multinational.

Tupola Wins GOP Primary For Governor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tupola Wins GOP Primary For Governor

The state lawmaker defeated perennial GOP candidate John Carroll and former DOE official Ray L’Heureux.

For Many Native Hawaiians, Owning ‘Aloha’ Is Not Very Aloha Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

For Many Native Hawaiians, Owning ‘Aloha’ Is Not Very Aloha

There are more than 1,000 trademarks using the term, raising broader questions about protecting Native Hawaiian intellectual property.

Carpenters Union Makes Josh Green A Million-Dollar Candidate For LG Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Carpenters Union Makes Josh Green A Million-Dollar Candidate For LG

A legislative leader says the union is retaliating against Green’s closest rival, state Sen. Jill Tokuda, for her criticism of the rail project.

Tupola Calls For Tax Cuts And A Streamlined State Government Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tupola Calls For Tax Cuts And A Streamlined State Government

The Republican frontrunner for governor said the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands needs to be reformed to make Hawaiians “thrive.”

Civil Beat Poll: Josh Green Is Far Out Front In The LG Race

Civil Beat Poll: Josh Green Is Far Out Front In The LG Race

The Big Island senator garners lots of support from fans of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules

The bill would make it easier for residents to rent out part of their homes but limit the number of properties listed by absentee owners.

This Murky Law Could Give The Governor Broad New Powers Flickr: James Willamor

This Murky Law Could Give The Governor Broad New Powers

A new law on emergency administrative rules could make potentially major changes to a key policymaking process.

Carroll Breaks Out Radical New Proposals In His Bid To Be Governor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Carroll Breaks Out Radical New Proposals In His Bid To Be Governor

The Republican candidate calls for eliminating the general excise tax and holding an election on whether to restore the Hawaiian kingdom.

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can An Algae Supplement Turn Around A Struggling Hawaii Startup?

Cardax, after burning through nearly $58 million, is finally making money and trying to expand sales on the mainland.

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor’s Race: Clear Differences On Energy Policy

Among the biggest splits between the two Democratic contenders is whether natural gas should be part of the state’s energy future.

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image? Verizon Communications

Is Wireless Phone Giant Using Hawaii To Greenwash Its Image?

An environmental group says a national ad by Verizon Communications misleads viewers about the company’s policies.