August 2011 Alumni Newsletter Vol 23, Issue 2

2011 All Class Reunion—September 23, 2011

The Alumni Association and its Reunion Committee cordially invite you to the 2011 All Class Reunion at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki on the evening of Friday, September 23rd. This year we will be honoring the considerable accomplishments of the Alumni Association’s Co-Outstanding Alumni of the Year, Allen Hoe (’76) and Prof. Larry Foster (’81), Dean’s Awardee Laurie Tochiki (’80), and the Law School’s Public Service Award honoree Steve Duck (’02). All members of the Law School `ohana are welcome as we give special recognition to the following reunion classes: the inaugural Class of 1976, and the Classes of 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006. We will also welcome the recent graduates of the Class of 2011, in a celebration of “How far we’ve come.”

Allen Hoe (’76)

Larry Foster (’81)

Laurie Tochiki (’80)

Steve Duck (’02)

Please join us for an evening of great food and fun, with entertainment by Na Hoku Hanohano winners, Kupaoa.

Invitations for the event have been mailed, but if you haven’t received one, Click here for the Reunion Flier or RSVP card. Checks should be made payable to “WSRSLAA” and RSVPs should be addressed to “WSRSLAA Reunion Committee PO BOX 952 Honolulu HI 96808.”

Ete Bowl Practices Begin Sunday, September 4th. Bruzer Players & Coaches Needed.

Miss the camaraderie of Ete Bowls past, or just want to play some flag football? Boss giving you too many impossible assignments and looking for an outlet for your frustrations? Come join the Alumnae Bruzers as a player (wahine) or coach (wahine or kane) for spirited competition and exercise. Questions? Send an email to Sonja McCullen ’02 (, call her at 554-3014, or call any Bruzer player or coach.

Practices will be held at Kamamalu Field (between Nuuanu YMCA and the Pacific Club) from 8 – 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, starting on September 4th and continuing every Sunday thereafter through game day (currently scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2011). Start (or keep on) jogging and we’ll see you in September (or lose you to a summer love).

Landshark Invitational Coming Up September 17th

The 2011 Landshark Invitation surfing contest for lawyers, law students, and their spouses/significant others will be held at Kewalo Basin Park on the morning of Saturday, September 17, 2011. Events include men's and women's longboard, shortboard, stand up paddle, bodyboard, and a costume contest. Sponsors are: Na Loio He‘e Nalu, WSRSLAA, LEXIS-NEXIS, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, and Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. Extra proceeds will support the Law School's Environmental Law Society.

To obtain an entry form, email a request to:

Food & Wine Extravaganza Lives up to its Name

Event Chair Dawn Chang Picks Lucky Winner

On June 30, 2011, the 7th Annual WSRSLAA Wine Extravaganza at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine in downtown Honolulu was packed with 150+ alumni and guests. The lively event, which immediately followed the Annual Alumni Association Meeting and Dean Avi Soifer’s update on the Law School, allowed alumni representing almost all graduating classes to enjoy Indigo’s delicious heavy pupus and an assortment of excellent wines. Majestic Fine Wines, Better Brands, and Grand Crew were extremely generous as the exclusive wine distributors for the event. Over sixty different wines were available to taste and to order at specially reduced prices. By the end of the night, HASR Wine Co. received orders for over 150 bottles. At the conclusion of the evening, the Association awarded a $100 Nobu’s Restaurant Gift Certificate to one lucky guest (thanks Nobu’s).

Although this year’s major fundraiser was the golf tournament, the wine event raised nearly $600 for the WSRSLAA. Wine Extravaganza Chair Dawn Chang ‘85 would like to thank committee members Jim Williston ‘78, Debbie Lee ‘82, Lori Hiraoka ‘00, Rebecca Dayhuff ‘07, Mars Johnson ‘08, Tracey Kubota ‘09, Everett Ohta ‘09, Dane Anderson ‘10, and Melissa Farris ‘10 for helping to plan a fun and successful event. Special thanks also to Bob Grossberger, Catering Manager for Indigo’s Restaurant, Michael Hopkins, Hawaii Region Manager for Majestic Fine Wines, Donald Thompson, and HASR Wine Co. Look for the event next year.

Recent Graduates Enjoy Event

Annual Meeting and Elections Update

Just before this year’s successful WSRSLAA Wine Extravaganza, the Association held its Annual Meeting and released its election results. Outgoing President George Apter (‘89) presented the President’s Report, which provided a recap of the year’s Association events, notably the strong support from alumni in the wake of CJ Richardson’s passing. George also circulated our annual financial report, compiled by outgoing Treasurer Wendy Miki Glaus (’00).

The Annual Meeting also meant the induction of new officers to the Association’s Board of Directors: Everett Ohta (‘09) will serve a one-year term as the Association’s President, Debbie Lee (‘82) will serve as the Vice-President/President-Elect, Tracey Kubota (‘09) will be Treasurer, Amy Ono (‘00) will be Corresponding Secretary, and Mars Johnson (‘08) will remain on as Recording Secretary. The Board welcomed aboard Jennifer Lee and Summer Fergerstrom, the Dean’s Appointees from the Class of 2011. We also thanked Wendy Miki Glaus, Shannon Loo, and Wendy Yamamoto Suetsugu (‘03) for their years of service to the Association, as well as Steve Duck (‘02) who resigned from the Board in April due to his relocation out of state (note—Steve will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Law School’s Public Service Award).

A number of Board members returned to the Board for addition two-year terms: Stuart Kaneko (‘77), Haunani Burns (‘80), and Hon. Alexa Fujise (‘80) joined Rosemary Fazio (‘78), Rey Graulty (‘79), and Dawn Chang (‘85) as representatives of the Classes before 1993. Ming Chi (‘05), Nam Phan (‘07), and Sunny Greer (‘09) joined Lori Hiraoka (‘00) and Jill Hasegawa (‘04) as representatives of the Classes from 1993 to present. The Board had previously nominated and confirmed Becca Dayhuff (‘07) to fill the final year on Steve Duck’s two-year term.

Honolulu Zoo Clean-up Wrap-up.

Volunteers Making Papier Mache "Pinatas" for the Zoo Animals

On the morning of Saturday, July 15, a group of Richardson Law School alumni and friends gathered at the Honolulu Zoo for the Alumni Association’s summer service project. The group spent the morning cleaning the keiki playground equipment, pulling weeds and noxious vines, and creating “pinatas” made of papier mache to hold animal feed. For a bunch of attorneys, the group had a surprisingly artistic touch in the medium of papier mache.

Thanks to the following alumni & friends for helping out: Manmeet "Manu" Rana ‘06, Browning Clark ‘03, Melissa Farris ‘10, Calvin ‘82 & Leslie Young, Linda Birn ‘85, Tracey Kubota ‘09, Alexa Fujise ‘80, Law School Development Director Carrie Ogami Fuller, Jim Williston ‘78, Dean Avi Soifer, Debra Lee ‘82 & family, Jill Hasegawa ‘04 & friend Clara Park, Dane Anderson ‘10, Titiimaea Ta'ase ‘08, Sam Suen ‘07, Robert Ferrigno ‘91, Nam Phan ‘07, Carissa Goto (Law Student), Mars Johnson ‘08, Aphirak “A.P.” Bamrungruan ‘05 & ‘07, and the Ushijima family (Doug ‘92, Marilyn ‘93, Kara, & Maya).

The Zoo Clean-up Crew Gathers After Their Work is Pau

Golf Tournament Returned with a Vengeance in 2011.

Volunteers Follow Event Chair Calvin Young's Tee Shot on Hole-in-One Hole (Did the Ball Go In?)

The 22nd (more-or-less Annual) Golf Tournament was held at Pearl Country Club overlooking scenic Pearl Harbor on the afternoon of Friday, May 20, following a two-year hiatus. Over 165 golfers participated in the tournament, which raised approximately $9,000 for law student scholarships, care of Judge Samuel P. King’s collection of rare books, C.J. Richardson’s “Realizing the Dream” Fund to improve and expand the Law School’s physical facilities, and for the Alumni Association.

Pearl Country Club also served as host and venue for the post-match banquet. Thanks to the efforts of Debbie Lee (1982) with some help from other committee members and the generosity of our many prize donors, every participant in the tournament not only received a “goody” bag including a new collapsible WSRSLAA logo cooler, but a team prize as well. As has become a tradition for our tournament, the most valuable prizes did not go to the lowest scoring teams, but instead (to discourage handicap “adjustments”) went to the 12th, 22nd, 32nd, 42nd and 52nd- place teams, with the grand prize (22nd Place) being a round trip to Maui for golf at the prestigious Wailea Golf Course (mahalo Wailea!) and lunch at Gannon’s Restaurant, with air travel provided by go! Airlines and ground transportation by Dollar Rent-a-Car.

The ten teams with the lowest net scores were:
1st Place – Cameron Nekota (2002), Ryan Shinsato (2002) & Randy Hironaka (2000)
2nd Place – Brian Sekiguchi, Lance Kimura, Dean Ota
Tied for 3rd Place – Manny Guerrero (1990), Glenn Aku Sailola, Robert Eharis
Tied for 3rd Place – Shaun Mukai (1998), Kimo Todd (1998), Garin Muranaka
Tied for 5th Place – Dale Nishikawa, Ben Kudo, Mike Kinoshita
Tied for 5th Place – Wes Yonamine, Sun Stone, Nobu Sekiguchi
Tied for 5th Place – Ka`upena Soon (2010), Tonee Suetsugu (2010), Kenika Terlep
Tied for 5th Place – Keoni Shultz (2000), Philip Miyoshi (2000), Kaleen Miyasato (2000)
Tied for 5th Place – Steve Dyer, Dave Gruebner, Tom Weber
10th Place – Calvin Young (1982), Norman Noguchi, Peter Lee

Trophy & Special Contest Winners:

  • The Waihee Trophy (best all-alumni team) winners were: Cameron Nekota (2002), Ryan Shinsato (2002) & Randy Hironaka (2000).
  • The Richardson Trophy (best mixed alumni & guest team) winners were: Manny Guerrero (1990), Glenn Aku Sailola and Robert Eharis.
  • The Dean's Trophy (best all guest team) winners were Brian Sekiguchi, Lance Kimura and Dean Ota.
  • Winners of the Nick Garcia Putting Contest were: Amphay Champathong (2011), Mike Reding (Law Student), and Rex Ribao, and winners of the Brian Brinkopf Most Accurate Drive Contest were Linda Rosehill (1983) and Manny Guerrero (1990).

Waihee Trophy Winners Pose With Justice (Ret.) Ramil

Our thanks to the many generous Prize Donors, Other Donors, and Sponsors who made the tournament and banquet so enjoyable. Click here for a list of our Donors and Sponsors.

We would like to thank the following hard-working members of our Tournament Committee for making the tournament a success: Calvin Young (1982), Chair, James S. Burns, Stuart Kaneko (1977), Colin K. Kurata (1978), Jim Williston (1978), Reynaldo Graulty (1979), Milton Tani (1981), Harlan Kimura (1982), Debbie Lee (1982), Sesnita Moepono (1986), Amy Ono (2000), Wendy Yamamoto Suetsugu (2003), Ming Chi (2005), Levi Hookano (2006), Everett Ohta (20090, and Law Student Brian Caplan.

Mahalos also to Pearl Country Club and its staff for their kokua with the tournament and the many volunteers (in addition to our tournament committee members) who helped make the tournament happen, including: alumni Miriam Loui (1983), Mars Johnson (2008), Tracey Kubota (2009), and Sunny Greer (2008); friends Sherri Lee, Leilani Soon and Han Chen; and law students Mericia Elmore, Stacy Takekawa, Lydia Turnier, Jenelle Hughes, Amanda Dutcher, Kathryn Perry, Tristan Andres, Todd Ashida, Amphay Champathong, Mike Reding, Chris Delaunay and Scot Matayoshi.

Two three-somes: One in black and white, the other colorful

James Arthur DeLacy (2001) of Kaneohe Passes Away at 44.

We regret to report the passing of James Arthur (“Jim”) DeLacy of the Law School’s Class of 2001 on April 2, 2011 at the tender age of 44. Jim grew up in Massachusetts, but went to college at the University of Hawaii, receiving his B.A. in Economics before joining the Richardson School of Law in 1998. After law school and passing the Bar in 2001, Jim joined his close friend and classmate Brian Costa to form the law firm of Costa & DeLacy, LLLC.

Jim is survived by his mother, Barbara DeLacy, his wife, Kawehi, and his sister Cheryl, his law partner, and many other relations and friends. A service in Jim’s memory was held on April 12th at Hawaiian Memorial Park attended by many of his classmates and friends.

Alumni Tidbits.

1981 – Our best to Cheryl Kakazu Park who recently returned to Hawaii after several years on the staff of the Nevada Supreme Court to take the reins of the State Office of Information Practices.

1985 – Congratulations to Wendy Kuwamoto Peterson, general counsel of Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear LLP, who was recently honored as the outstanding general counsel in the “private companies” category by the Orange County Business Journal at its General Counsel Awards ceremony in June.

1988 & 1990 – Hats off to Chuck Narikiyo upon winning his second KKEA Napa Auto Parts Sports Trivia Challenge crown earlier this month. He even had to face fellow alum Lee Agsalud (’90) in a preliminary round.

1993 – A tip o’ the cap to Tommy Waters, of Hawk Sing Ignacio & Waters, upon his appointment by House Speaker Calvin Say to the Judicial Selection Commission.

2001 – Wayne Weightman dropped us a line from Cambodia noting that he has been working with other Americans abroad to address problems raised by a new U.S. immigration policy that requires nearly all applications for Americans abroad wishing to bring their non-American spouses and children to the U.S. to be processed through a single processing center in Chicago. Previously, the expatriates would normally work through U.S. embassies or consulates in the countries of their residence and processing was reportedly much faster.

2005 – Sherry Menor-McNamara was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Sr. Vice President for Business Advocacy and Government Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Way to go, Sherry.