In my research to locate Pence’s former clerks, I came across this Honolulu Advertiser article – now old news – on the retirement of Walter Chinn, who served as Clerk of the Court in the US District Court.? It describes one of his early exchanges with Judge Pence:
Chinn, a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawai’i who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, worked several jobs before the late U.S. District Judge Martin Pence hired him as his courtroom deputy clerk and two years later named him clerk of the court.
Chinn recalled Pence advising him, “Walter, keep your shoes clean and you’ll be OK.” Being rather naive, Chinn polished his shoes each week.
That is surely an accurate memory of Judge Pence!