Two years plus after the Oahu Interscholastic Association implemented its landmark transfer rule, there is a challenger.
The parents of Mililani basketball player Jalen Miller have filed suit against the OIA and Department of Education, seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. The hearing will be held on Nov. 14 in First Circuit Court before Judge Dean E. Ochiai.
The suit, brought by attorney Eric Seitz on behalf of Earl and Josliene Miller, seeks to overrule the OIA’s decision to prevent Jalen Miller, a Mililani student-athlete, from playing basketball at his new school, Kapolei.
Earl Miller states that because of a change of job location, he is unable to transport Jalen from Kapolei, their home district, to Mililani, where Earl Miller previously was employed. A statement from Earl Miller’s employer, BAYADA Home Health Care, notes that he was required to switch to the company’s Leeward district office due to “client needs.”
Jalen Miller currently is enrolled at Kapolei, but OIA rules stipulate that the must sit out one calendar year before becoming eligible to play basketball. He is eligible to play other sports that he did not participate in at Mililani, where he attended under a district exemption last year.
In the suit, Seitz states: “Because J.M. is a gifted athlete who aspires to attend college on a basketball scholarship, his inability to compete as a junior in high school is likely to affect his opportunities to play in college.”
The OIA denied his request.