September 2009 Alumni Newsletter

Join Your Friends at the 6th Annual All Class Reunion

Mark your calendars now for our 6th Annual All Class Reunion at the Hale Koa Hotel from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, September 25, 2009. For a full Aloha Buffet dinner, libation, good company, and music by Kupaoa (Lihau Hannahs ’07 & Kellen Paik), the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for “Most Promising New Act,” don’t miss this event. Guests are welcome, so bring along your pals, spouse, significant other, or all of the above. Call or Tweet some buddies and make it a party!  See attached flier.

This year, the Alumni Association proudly recognizes as its Outstanding Alumnus, Hon. Reynaldo (“Rey”) Graulty ‘79, former State legislator, former State Insurance Commissioner, and recently retired as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaiʻi. Dean Avi Soifer will recognize Jim Williston ‘78 as the Dean’s Awardee for his service to the Law School community, and will also recognize Prof. Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76, Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law as the Public Service Awardee for 2009. Rey, Jim and Melody’s classmates, co-workers and friends are encouraged to join the Association in recognizing these outstanding alumni for their many professional accomplishments and community service. 

Admission (only $55) includes the full buffet dinner, entertainment and parking validation (parking is $3.00 with validation). A no-host bar will be available. Send in the enclosed event flier to reserve a spot for yourself and your family and friends. Invitations should be received soon.

Alumni from all classes are welcome, and we will be especially recognizing the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, & 30th reunion classes of 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984 and 1979, respectively. We would like to thank Becca Dayhuff, Lori Hiraoka, Haunani Burns, Debbie Lee, Jim Williston and the following representatives of all of the special Reunion Classes for their help in planning the event—for 1979, Dona Hanaike; for 1984, Andy Armitage and Gordon Arakaki; for 1989, George Apter and Lisa Ginoza; for 1994, Chip Lezy, Carolyn Oshiro and Ryan Roylo; for 1999, Angela Correa-Pei, Sylvia Higashi, Mark Murakami, Gladys Quinto and Carter Siu; and for 2004, Jill Hasegawa.

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A Song for Ourselves- A Film about Chris Iijima

A Song for OurselvesThe Law School will host the Hawai‘i debut of A Song for Ourselves, a film directed by award-winning filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura, on September 24th at 7:00 p.m. at NEXTDOOR in Chinatown. The film is described as "an intimate journey into the life and music of Asian American Movement troubadour Chris Iijima." The event is a benefit for the Chris Iijima Memorial Endowment Fund for scholarships for students in our Ulu Lehua Scholars Program. The film has successfully premiered in cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. The debut will be followed by a party featuring Bambu & Phatrick of Native Guns Power Struggle and DJ Eskae. To make donations, go to To see the trailer for the world premiere earlier this year, go to

Ete Bowl Practices Begin Sunday, September 20th. Bruzer Players & Coaches Needed

Miss the camaraderie of Ete Bowls past, or want to learn how to play flag football? Looking for an outlet for your frustrations? Come join the Alumnae Bruzers for some spirited (but friendly) competition and exercise. Questions? Send an email to Sonja McCullen ’02 ( call any Bruzer player or coach.

Practices will be held at Kamamalu Field (between Nuuanu YMCA and the Pacific Club) at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, starting on September 20th and continuing every Sunday thereafter through the game (tentatively Saturday, November 21st). Start (or keep on) jogging and we’ll see you in September. Check the Law School’s on-line Calendar of Events in October to double-check the game date for this year’s Ete Bowl XXXII.

Annual Meeting & Election Results

Immediately prior to the June 18th Wine Tasting Event, the Association held its Annual Meeting, chaired by President Becca Dayhuff ‘07. Becca presented her Annual President’s Report (see below) recapping the Association’s events and projects over the past year. Treasurer Wendy Miki Glaus presented the annual financial report for the Association, happily noting that the Association is (to paraphrase from James Taylor) still solvent after all these years.

Becca announced the outcome of this year’s election (actually, non-election, since there were no contested races). She will again serve as the Association’s President for 2009-10, ably assisted by repeat Vice-President Leilani Tan ‘02. Also reprising their 2008-09 roles in 2009-10 will be Wendy Miki Glaus ‘00, as Treasurer, and Jim Williston ‘78, as Corresponding Secretary. Shyla Cockett ‘07 will serve as the Association’s Recording Secretary for the coming year. The Association would like to express its “mahalo” to Lauren Imada-Lee ‘06 for her service as Recording Secretary for the past year.

Returning to the Association’s Board of Directors for 2009-11 will be: Haunani Burns ‘80, Hon. Alexa Fujise ‘80 and Stuart Kaneko ‘77 (representing the Classes before 1992), and Nam Phan ‘07, Ming Chi ‘05, and Wendy Yamamoto ‘03 (representing the Classes of 1992 to present). Joining the Board as the Class of 2009 Dean’s Appointees are Everett Ohta and Tracey Kubota. The foregoing directors join the following carry-over directors who began their two-year terms in 2008: Rosemary Fazio ‘78, Dona Hanaike ‘79 and George Apter ‘89 (for the classes before 1992); Lori Hiraoka ‘00, Steve Duck ‘02, and Jill Hasegawa ‘04 (for the more recent classes); and Lisa Ayabe and Mars Johnson (Dean’s appointees representing the Class of 2008).

Food & Wine Extravaganza a Big Hit

Wine TastingWine Tasting

Over 100 Law School alumni and friends gathered on the evening of Thursday, June 18th at the Plaza Club for the Alumni Association’s 5th Annual Food & Wine Extravaganza. The food, wine, and company were excellent. Thanks to HASR Wine Co. (Mike and Terry Kakazu pouring), JMD Beverages (Cheryl-Lynn Mattos pouring), Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants (Sky Cameron pouring), Johnson Bros. (Michael Berube of EJ Gallo and Blake Curci for Chris Muraoka pouring), and Southern Wine and Spirits (Mark Miyahira pouring) for their generous wine donations and to the pourers for sharing their wine expertise and mana`o. A big “mahalo” also goes to Gordon Arakaki ‘84 for coordinating with the wine merchants and vendors and for sponsoring our event at the Plaza Club. Thanks also to the Plaza Club for the truly ono pupus and to Jill Hasegawa ‘04 for coordinating the entire event.

Thanks also to former Associate Dean Hazel Beh '91, who gave the gathered multitude a brief “State of the Law School” address on behalf of Dean Soifer, who was unable to attend. Thanks also to HSBA President Rai Saint Chu, Associate Dean Laurie Tochiki '80, and Law School Professors Randy Roth, Larry Foster and David Callies for sharing the evening with us.

We would also like to thank our very generous “Silent Auction” donors: Alan Wong's Restaurant, Watanabe Floral, Dave & Buster’s, Bishop Museum, Ringler Associates (Dona Hanaike), Michel’s at the Colony Surf, Mrs. Nancy Quinn and the family of the late Governor William F. Quinn, Hon. James S. Burns, Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano, Governor George R. Ariyoshi, Prof. Randy Roth, Greg Lui-Kwan, Dean Avi Soifer, Jennifer Hee, Grand Wailea Resort & Spa and Grand Wailea Golf (Anne Takabuki), Aloha Petroleum, the Honolulu Club, Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii Athletics, James Liu, Rosemary McShane, Susan Heftel-Liquido, Patricia Lee, Corlis Chang, Liann Ebesugawa, Kimberly Koide, Dawn Sugihara, Jennifer Young, Jim Williston, Stephen I. Okumura Debbie Lee, and Judy Lee.

Kudos to Debbie Lee ‘82 and Jennifer Hee for lining up the great donations.

Jessup International Moot Court Team Does Well in National Competition

The Richardson Law School’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team of Sam August ‘10, Kee Campbell ‘09, Linda Ichiyama ‘10, Ken Miller ‘09, and Kanae Nakamura ‘10, which won the Super-Regional in Portland, Oregon in February, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where it competed in the Jessup competition’s national/international rounds. In each of the four arguments during the preliminary rounds, the UH team had higher "raw points" than their opponents (based on the scores awarded for oral presentation and for their written memorials). Because of the rather arcane system of determining victory in this competition, however, UH was deemed winner in only two rounds, and therefore did not advance into the final rounds. They defeated teams from Taiwan and the Czech Republic, but lost to Boston College and University of Detroit-Mercy Law Schools. Overall, the team ranked 41st out of the 125 schools advancing to the world competition. Among the 500 oralists, Kanae ranked 46th, Linda ranked 78th, and Kee ranked 87th.

Thanks to the law firms of Bays Deaver Lung Rose & Holma and Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks for their generous sponsorship of the Law School’s Jessup team’s trip to the national/international finals.

Law School Establishes Joint Program with University of British Columbia

UBC LogoThe Law School and the University of British Columbia have established a new joint program to allow students to earn law degrees at both universities and to become eligible for admission to practice law in both Canada and the United States. On July 17, representatives of the two schools met at the Law School and signed the agreement that establishes the program. Each school will accept up to five students per year for this program, starting this coming academic year.

Faculty Factoids 

The Law School recently announced the official promotion of Prof. Denise Antolini to the rank of full professor. Among her many other activities, Denise has been running the Environmental Law Program and has been the point person on the Law School’s Building Excellence Project. Congratulations, Denise, on your well-deserved promotion.

Prof. David Callies has been named as a 2009 recipient of the UH Board of Regents’ “Excellence in Teaching” Award, which recognizes faculty members who have made “significant contributions in teaching and student learning.” Professor Callies, the Law School’s Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, continues to be one the nation’s foremost scholars in property and land use law. Last year Prof. Jill Ramsfield received this award.

Congratulations to Prof. Danielle Conway (formerly Conway-Jones), upon her recent wedding to Emmanuel Quainoo at their Makiki home on July 5th.

Our hats off to Prof. Jon Van Dyke, who has been selected by the University Research Council to receive the 2009 Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research.

Prof. Hazel Glenn Beh ‘91 has returned to the faculty after serving as the Richardson Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the past 2 ½ years. Recognizing that Dean Beh’s slippers would be tough to fill, Dean Avi Soifer asked the faculty to nominate candidates for the position and consulted widely on which faculty member would be the best choice. Upon choosing Prof. Casey Jarman for the post, Avi told the Law School, "Casey received enthusiastic support from virtually every [faculty member] who responded, and I am very pleased and thankful that she has agreed to serve.” Casey founded the Law School’s prestigious Environmental Law Program and had recently returned to the faculty following two years away on the Big Island serving as the Hawai`i County Clerk.

Alumni Tidbits

1978 - Hilary K. Josephs ‘78, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Research Scholar of Asian Law at Syracuse University College of Law recently (2007) published (with others) the first textbook on the subject of international and comparative labor and employment law: The Global Workplace: International & Comparative Employment Law Cases & Materials. (Co-authored with Roger Blanpain, Susan Bisom-Rapp, William R. Corbett & Michael J. Zimmer.) Hilary also published earlier this year: Measuring Progress under China’s Labor Law: Goals, Processes, Outcomes, 30 Comp.Lab L. & Pol’y J. 373 (2009).

1978 & 1995 – Charles (“Chuck”) Crumpton ‘78 and Sue Vo Hansen ‘95, their administrative assistant Lynn, and paralegal Nani recently left Clay Chapman Crumpton Iwamura & Pulice to establish the new law firm of Crumpton & Hansen. Sue concentrates in plaintiffs' personal injury and medical and dental malpractice law, while Chuck concentrates his practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration and civil litigation (primarily torts, construction and business/commercial matters). They can be contacted at Ste. 1720 Pioneer Plaza 900 Fort St. Mall in downtown Honolulu (96813) or by phone at (808)599-9200.

1981 – Our apologies to James H.Q. Lee for inadvertently omitting him from the list of Richardson Alumni currently serving on the UH Board of Regents we included in our May newsletter. James joined the Board early this year. He is also a partner in the Law Firm of Devens Nakano Saito Lee Wong & Ching and is managing director of the company that owns and operates Hee Hing restaurant.

1987 - Our best to Norma Doctor Sparks who became Deputy Director of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services in May. The Department has over 7,000 employees. Norma had most recently been serving as Director of Santa Clara County's (Silicon Valley) Department of Family and Children’s Services for the past seven years.

1994 - Moses K.N. Haia III '94 will become the new Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation in 2010 upon the retirement of current Executive Director Mahealani Perez-Wendt. Moses also sits on the Advisory Board of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.

1995 – Congratulations to Dane McArthur, who was recently named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as one of the UH “Centurions,” the hundred best football players in the 100 years of UH Football. Dane, a slotback with the ‘Bows in the late 1980’s, ranks 13th in receiving yards in UH history, with 1,784 yards on 127 catches, including a 23-yard touchdown pass in the 1989 Aloha Bowl. Dane, now living in Calgary, is one of only three Richardson alumni living in Canada.

1998, 2003 & 2004 – Kudos to Sarah Lee Morihara ‘98, President and Managing Director of Colliers Monroe Friedlander; Liann Ebesugawa ‘03, Associate at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel; and Jill Hasegawa ‘04, Associate at Ashford & Wriston, who were named by Pacific Business News to their “Forty under 40 Class of 2009,” a list of rising stars in Hawaii’s business community.

1999 – Mahalo to Carrie Ann Shirota for accepting a Soros Justice Scholarship to study the impacts that transfer of incarcerated Native Hawaiians to mainland prisons has had on the prisoners, and to work to mitigate the practice with a view toward improving the prisoners’ chances at successful community reintegration.

2000 - Hats off to Alumni Association Treasurer Wendy Miki Glaus upon being named a partner in the law firm of Sterling & Tucker. Wendy graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii and became a CPA in 1994. She was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 2000. Her area of focus is Elder law, dealing with issues related to disability, long-term care, Medicaid and other government benefits, taxation, business formation and real estate.

2002 - Congratulations to Shellie Park-Hoapili and her husband, James Hoapili, on the birth of their daughter, Hali`a Belle Hoapili, on March 30, 2009 at 3:12 p.m. At birth, Hali`a weighed 8 lbs, 3.8 oz. and measured 19 inches in length.

2007 – Our best to Nathaniel Kinney, who was recently confirmed by the Honolulu City Council to serve on the Fire Commission of the City and County of Honolulu.

(JULY 2008 - JUNE 2009)

(Presented by President Becca Dayhuff at the 2009 Annual Meeting)

A special “thank you” to Dean Soifer, his administration, the Law School Faculty and students, Jennifer Hee, Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, and the membership and Board of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association (“Alumni Association”) for their support over the past year. I have enjoyed my first year as president of the Association and look forward to serving again during the coming year.

This past year was our first year operating under the new agreement with the law school, under which the law school provides the Alumni Association with financial and logistical support. Under this agreement the Law School has provided us with invaluable support that has allowed our programs and events to grow and flourish.

This year we continued our semi-annual service projects. In July 2008, we returned to Waianae/Nanakuli with the Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu, helping to build homes for those in need. In January of this year we participated in a clean-up at the Honolulu Zoo, and afterwards volunteers were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Zoo. We look forward to continuing such service projects in the next year and hope that the membership of WSRSLAA will continue to join the Board in these projects.

We also held many successful events this past year. Our Fifth Annual All Class Reunion was held on Friday, October 3, 2008 at the Hale Koa Hotel in the Banyan Tree Showroom. Entertainment at the event was provided by Lyle Hosoda ‘85, and friends. At the event, the Association recognized The Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna ‘82 as its Outstanding Alumna for 2008-09 and Dean Avi Soifer recognized Thomas R. Grande ‘85 as the 2008 Dean’s Alumnus of the Year and Calvin G.C. Pang ‘85 as the 2008 Dean’s Public Service awardee. A special “thank you” to the reunion committee and the law school administration and staff for their efforts in putting this event together. The Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna went on to be honored by the University of Hawaiʻi Alumni Association as one of its 2009 Outstanding Alumni of the Year.

In April 2008, the Alumni Association hosted a Graduating Class Dinner for the Class of 2009. Over 100 students, faculty, alums and guests attended the dinner, which was held at the Hale Koa Hotel. Thank you to Lisa Ayabe ’08, Mars Johnson ‘08, and Byron Nakamura ‘08, as well as the 3L class representatives for putting together the event. Mahalo also to Kirk Caldwell ’84 for sharing his advice and experiences with the Class of 2009, our newest members of the Alumni Association.

In the Fall of 2008 the Alumni Association hosted several pau hanas at Xyloh. These pau hanas were a huge success bringing together 70 to 80 alumni at each event. In addition, due to a rainout in November, the Ete Bowl was held on January 31, 2009 this year. After a hard-fought game, the teams tied and the Alumni Bruzers are already looking forward to reclaiming their title in the coming year. Although the game was not held on its originally scheduled November date, the Class of 1979 and the Alumni Association held a gala luau at the University Lab School cafetorium to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the 1st Ete Bowl. Mahalo to Dona Hanaike, Charlotte Duarte and their committee of 1979 Bruzers for a memorable event.

The Alumni Association has also been able to make several technological updates this year due to the hard work and dedication of Jennifer Hee, Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Jim Williston, and the law school administration and staff. The Alumni Association’s website has now been transferred to the law school’s website, which has been completely revamped. A special thank you to Steve Duck for his efforts at maintaining the Alumni Association’s website before the transfer. The Alumni Association now provides an electronic newsletter in an effort to go green and save on costs.