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Wine and Food Extravaganza Coming up at Indigo on the Evening of Thursday, June 21st—Sign up by June 1st for Lower Ticket Prices.
Last year’s Wine Tasting Extravaganza at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine drew over 150 alumni and friends, and this year’s event will be even bigger and better. Join us starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st, for check in and to check out our silent auction. The wine and food tasting will begin at 6 p.m. Indigo has some great pupus planned for our dining pleasure (click here for a menu) and five of Hawaii’s finest wine merchants will be bringing a broad variety of great wines. Click here for the Event Flier and more details or click here for a sign-up form. Ticket prices go up by $10 after June 1st so sign up early.
This will be the Alumni Association’s chief fundraising event for the year, so please join us to support: (1) our scholarships for students committed to public service; (2) our Association; and (3) the Jon Van Dyke Fund. We will also have a number of exciting silent auction items, so bring your checkbook. If you are in Honolulu and can donate an auction item or items, please contact us at email@example.com and we will arrange for pickup.
Please save the date September 28, 2012 for our 10th Annual All-Class Reunion to be held at the Hale Koa Hotel’s Waikiki Ballroom (we’ve outgrown the Banyan Tree Showroom). Cocktails and mingling will start at 5 p.m., and food and program will start after 6 p.m. We will specially celebrate the anniversaries of the following graduating classes of the Richardson School of Law: 1977 (35th anniversary), 1982 (30th), 1987 (25th), 1992 (20th), 1997 (15th), 2002 (10th), and 2007 (5th). We will also welcome the members of the Class of 2012 as the newest additions to our Alumni ohana as well as recognize the WSRSL Alumnus/Alumna of the Year (yet to be named) (see related story below).
We will also be recognizing and honoring Professor Jon Van Dyke who served as a mentor to so many of our alumni prior to his untimely passing last November. Jon always supported our Alumni Association, and he and his wife, Sherry Broder, came to nearly all of our nine previous All Class Reunions.
More details will be in our next newsletter and on the Alumni Page of the Law School’s website. Invitations will go out in August.
Members of the Law School's Inaugural Class of 1976, Joined by Former Acting Dean Jerry DuPont, Pose With Alumnus of the Year Allen Hoe
Members of the 30th Anniversary Class of 1981 Make a Major Donation
If you’re coming to Oahu for the All-Class Reunion on September 28th, make the trip extra worthwhile (and possibly deductible) by joining the WSRSLAA for a CLE Program on Lawyer Ethics at the Law School the following morning (Saturday, September 29th). The program is currently pending HSBA approval for MCLE Credits. We thank Law School Professor Emeritus Addison Bowman for generously agreeing to present this program.
If you would like to nominate a worthy WSRSL alumnus or alumna as the Outstanding Alum of 2012, please click here for our Outstanding Alum Award Form. Be sure to send in your nomination form so that it is received by the Association by July 1st.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on June 21, just prior to our Food & Wine Extravaganza, the WSRSLAA will be holding its 2012 annual meeting at Indigo Eurasian Cuisine in downtown Honolulu. Click here for a look at our tentative Agenda. If you would like to add an item to the agenda, please contact the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our current officers: Everett Ohta (President), Debra Lee (Vice-President/President-Elect), Mars Johnson (Recording Secretary), Tracey Kubota (Treasurer) or Jim Williston (Acting Corresponding Secretary).
Half of our Association’s elected Board positions (3 from the Classes of 1976-94 and 3 from more recent classes) and all of our Officer positions, except President (i.e. V.P./President-Elect, Corresponding and Recording Secretaries and Treasurer) are up for grabs in the coming election (or non-election if no positions are contested). So, if you’d like to join the Board or nominate another alum (with his or her ok) to serve, click here for the Nomination Form and send it in or e-mail it to us in .pdf form by Friday, May 18, 2012. Questions? -- Call any current officer/director or send an e-mail to email@example.com. We are always looking for new energy to keep our Association invigorated.
After 30 years of editing (and doing much of the writing for) the Law School’s Alumni Newsletter, in both its print and electronic formats, Jim Williston (ʻ78) recently announced his retirement. “I’ve really enjoyed my time as editor of the WSRSLAA Alumni Newsletter,” said Jim, “but it’s time for someone with more Internet and graphics savvy to take the Newsletter to the next level.” He credited long-time Board member Alexa Fujise (ʻ80) for her kind assistance in formatting the Newsletter for many of those 30 years, and to Heather Smith and other Law School staff for helping him with formatting the more recent newsletters for distribution on-line. He also thanked all those who have submitted stories for the newsletter over the years. Jim added that he’d be willing to help the next editor through the transition.
If you would be interested in editing our Alumni Newsletter (only two – three editions) for the coming year, please contact any of our Officers or Directors.
Lawyers League Softball starts up again in May. This slow pitch league is open to everyone in the law community (law students, attorneys, full-time employees of lawfirms/law organizations and their significant others). Individual players may join an existing team or you may form your own team. Come join the fun! Games are Saturdays at Kapiolani Park at 1:00 p.m., 2:20 p.m. or 3:40 p.m. Please contact: Michael Ragsdale @ 597-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(We thank Event Chair Everett Ohta for submitting this story.)
Steve Duck ('02) Receives 2011 Public Service Award
For the fourth straight year, the All Class Reunion hit a record attendance, as one of the Alumni Association’s marquee annual events continues to grow. Over 220 alumni and guests gathered at the Hale Koa Hotel on Friday, September 23, 2011 to honor Outstanding Alumnus co-recipients Allen Hoe (ʻ76) and Prof. Larry Foster (ʻ81), Dean’s Award honoree Prof. Laurie Tochiki (ʻ80), and Public Service Award honoree Steve Duck (ʻ02). Although Larry Foster was unable to attend the reunion due to the birth of his first grandchild on the mainland (congratulations Larry!), he pre-recorded a special acceptance speech that was played for the crowd. Steve even flew in from Nevada to receive his award. The large number of people turned out to support the honorees and to gather for the reunion classes celebrating their milestone reunion years—the Classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006.
The event gave alumni a chance to catch up and mingle, with event attendees including members of the first graduates from the Class of 1976 all the way through the most recent graduates from the Class of 2011. Drawing upon the theme of the night, the formal program featured Hawai`i Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna (ʻ82), who gave remarks on the growth of our Law School over the past 35 years. The program also included WSRSL Alumni Association President Everett Ohta (ʻ09) presenting a slideshow recap of Alumni Association events. The event’s program ended with a recognition of special financial contributions made to the Law School by individuals and groups over the past year, including the Allen Hoe Scholarship fund set up by the Class of 1976, the Class of 1982 Class Endowment, the Class of 1981 Fund, and contribution of some of the proceeds from the 2011 WSRSLAA Golf Tournament to the Realizing the Dream Fund.
Allen Hoe ('76) Receives Award as Co-Alumnus of the Year for 2011
The success of the event would not have been possible without the support of many people. Mahalo goes out to Derek Kobayashi (ʻ90) for serving as event emcee; to Kūpaoa (Lihau Hannahs-Paik (ʻ07) and Kellen Paik) for providing outstanding entertainment for the event; to Kirsha Durante (ʻ04) and Hayley Cheng (ʻ06) for dancing hula to start the program; to Billy Ornellas (ʻ79) for providing the opening pule; to Mark Murakami (ʻ99) for serving as our military sponsor; and to Steve Okumura (ʻ77) and Mars Johnson (ʻ08) for serving as event photographers. The All Class Reunion committee included Everett Ohta (Chair, ʻ09), Haunani Burns (ʻ80), Becca Dayhuff (ʻ07), Rosemary Fazio (ʻ78), Alexa Fujise (ʻ80), Sunny Greer (ʻ09), Lori Hiraoka (ʻ00), Mars Johnson (ʻ08), Tracey Kubota (ʻ09), Debbie Lee (ʻ82), and Jim Williston (ʻ78). Thanks to law school staff for their support: to Chris Lee and Cheong Ming Wai for designing the event’s programs, to Director of Development Carrie Ogami-Fuller and former Director of Career Services Levi Ho`okano (ʻ06) for assistance with financial contributions, and to Ramona Hussey (ʻ89) for assisting with registration and the check-in of guests.
Laurie Tochiki ('80) Named Dean's Award Recipient for 2011
Finally, we thank the special reunion class representatives for helping to get the word out to their classmates: Class of 1976–Allen Hoe, Melody MacKenzie, Kumu Vasconcellos, Abby Shaw; Class of 1981–David Arakawa, Gail Cosgrove, Cheryl Kakazu Park, Rosemary McShane, Milton Tani, Rodney Veary, Randal Yoshida; Class of 1986–Andrew Agard, Paula Chong, Colette Gomoto, Carol Kunishima, BJ Leithead-Todd, Don Pacarro, Stacy Plunkett Rezentes; Class of 1991–David Andrew, Jerilynn Hall, Lea Hong, Valerie Lam, Diane Ono; Class of 1996–Mark Forman, Spencer Kimura, Dyan Medeiros, Melissa Pavlicek, Daniel Pollard; Class of 2001–Karen Arikawa-Hu, Sat Freedman, Michelle Kim Stone, Adrian Dhakhwa, Garrick Lau; Class of 2006–Connie Chow, Levi Ho`okano, Amy Kalili, Sarah Kam, Connie Liu, Nathan Nelson, William Tanaka; and Class of 2011–Summer Fergerstrom and Jennifer Lee.
The Class of 1986 Celebrates Being out of Law School for 25 Years
Law School Grounds Spiffed up by Alumni/Law Student Gardening Work Parties on January 7 and April 21st.
Alumni and law students take a breather at April 2012 gardening work party
The Alumni Association joined with Aha Hui O Hawai`i and the Environmental Law Society to weed, remove non-indigenous plants, and replant the Law School grounds on Saturday, January 7 and Saturday, April 21st. We would like to thank all of you who joined us for either work party.
The January work party was headed up by Jennifer Lee (ʻ11) and law students Robin Pfahl (ʻ12) and Jarrett Keohokalole (ʻ13). Alumni volunteering in January included: Jamila Jarmon (ʻ10), Calvin Young (ʻ82), John Egan (ʻ00), Rina Chung (ʻ03), Aaron Loeser (ʻ11), Debbie Lee (ʻ82), Everett Ohta (ʻ09), Tracey Kubota (ʻ09), Summer Fergerstrom (ʻ11), Jim Williston (ʻ78) and Tom Wong (ʻ80), who brought his son Andrew to help.
The April work party was headed up by Debbie Lee (ʻ82) and Law Student Toby Yamashiro (ʻ13). Alumni volunteers in April included: Carole Richelieu (ʻ78), Jim Williston (ʻ78), Lani Rae Garcia (ʻ81), Lyn Flanigan (ʻ81), Greg Lui-Kwan (ʻ82), Debra Lee (ʻ82), James Walther (ʻ93), Everett Ohta (ʻ09) and Tracey Kubota (ʻ09). The group planted a white hibiscus donated by Sherry Broder in the middle planter in memory of Professor Van Dyke and his commitment to world peace. If we left your name out, our apologies, let us know and we will include an up-date in our next newsletter.
Proving to be poor hosts but great competitors, students of the Richardson Law School took seven of nine awards at the 20th Annual Native American Law Students Association’s Moot Court Competition held at the Richardson Law School between February 24th and 26th. Although 56 teams from 28 law schools competed, our Richardson students represented five of the top sixteen teams going into Saturday's elimination rounds. Thanks to all the alumni (and other attorneys too) who responded to the Alumni Association’s call for practice and competition round judges. Click here for a list of our alumni volunteer judges.
The competition’s final round, held before an overflow crowd at the Hawai`i Supreme Court, featured a bench composed of Hawai`i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, 9th Circuit Court Judge Richard Clifton, former Hawaii Governor John D. Waihee III (ʻ76), Pilar Thomas (Deputy Director, Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs), and Stacy Leeds (Dean of Arkansas Law School and former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice). The judges warmly praised both teams of finalists. The winning Richardson Law School teams were: Best Advocate: First Place - Tyler Gomes '12 and Teri Wright '14; Second Place - Caycie Gusman '13 and Catherine Hall '13; and Third Place - Zach DiIonno '13 and Fawn Jade Koopman '12 (tied with a team from Columbia Law School).
WSRSL winners of other awards include: Best Oralist - First Place - Tyler Gomes '12; Second Place - Ana Won Pat-Borja '12; Best Brief - Second Place - Caycie Gusman '13 and Catherine Hall '13; Third Place - Zach DiIonno '13 and Fawn Jade Koopman '12.
Mahalo to the many volunteers -- students, alumni, faculty, practicing attorneys and judges -- who made the competition a success. Professor Williamson Chang advised the team, Prof. Melody MacKenzie ('76) wrote the challenging and neatly balanced problem and Derek Kauanoe ('07) and Sarah Kaopuiki ('11) led the massive effort by all the Ka Huli Ao staff, students, and alumni to organize and successfully implement sponsorship of this year's NALSA National Moot Court Competition. While it is not possible to name each volunteer, special recognition goes to: Keith Johnston ('08), Keani Alapa ('11), Max Kopper ('11), Maria Carmichael ('11), Jennin Melissa Russo ('11), Brianna Tsukamoto ('11), Natasha Baldauf ('11), Melissa Miyashiro ('10), Kapua Sproat ('98), and Stephanie Chen. The competition would not have been possible without generous financial support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Proud members of the Richardson Law School's Successful 2012 Native American Moot Court Team Gather in the Moot Court Room
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is Richardson Law School’s 2012 Jurist-in-Residence, Engages with Students and Faculty, and Has High Praise for Our Law School.
(We thank Law School Interim Associate Dean for Student Services Cynthia Quinn for submitting this story.)
Members of the Alumni Board pose with Justice Sotomayor at Reception at Home of Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor honored the Law School and the community with her insights, her humor, and her compassion during the 2012 Jurist-in-Residence (“J-I-R”) Program. Our students and faculty treasured the rare opportunity to get to know one of the newest members of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Typically a week long, this year’s J-I-R Program was condenced to an event-filled three days. The Program kicked off on Monday, January 30, with a University reception at the Hawai’inuiakea Hālau at the Hawaiian School of Knowledge. Justice Sotomayor was greeted with a traditional welcoming ‘oli and then entertained with traditional song and dance, including a performance by high school students from ‘Anuenue charter school.
On Tuesday, Justice Sotomayor breakfasted with 80 members of the Hawai‘i Women Lawyers and the Hawai‘i Women’s Legal Foundation at the Kahala Hotel’s Diamondhead Room. She shared incredibly compassionate wisdom on work-life balance and the importance of continuing to champion equality in leadership. She was then whisked to a Town Hall Civic Education discussion with 1,000 public school students at Farrington High School Auditorium that was broadcast to public school students across the state. The Justice shared her humble beginnings and enthusiastically encouraged the students to rise to occasion and lead. She did so as she climbed the auditorium stairs and made her way amid the students, posing for photos with them, with U.S. Marshals escorting her nervously.
Then, it was off to a lunch at the Law School with Ulu Lehua scholars, Ulu Lehua Program Director Prof. Linda Krieger and Ka Huli Ao faculty and staff. After lunch, Justice Sotomayor participated in a bench panel with Chief Justice Recktenwald and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Clifton in a practice session for the Law School’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. After a short break, she joined Judge Ezra that evening for a discussion in his Federal Courts class. Finally, Justice Sotomayor joined Pacific and Asian Legal Studies Program faculty and scholars for a dinner hosted by long-time Law School supporter Frank Boas.
Justice Sotomayor began Wednesday with a private breakfast with the justices at the Hawaii Supreme Court, then visited ‘Iolani Palace, escorted by veteran docent Zita Cupchoy and Palace Director Kippen Chu. Later, she returned to the Law School where she joined the faculty for lunch and a discussion of legal education. The evening was reserved for a Law School Student and Alumni Welcome Luau, graciously hosted by former HSBA Presidents Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu at their lovely Kahala home. Greeted by over 200 in attendance, Justice Sotomayor was treated to a beautiful Hawaiian evening of song and dance, where she enthusiastically posed for group photos with the guests.
On Thursday, Justice Sotomayor began her final day in Hawaii at Prof. Eric Yamamoto’s Civil Procedure Class, where she engaged in lively discussion with the students. After Civ. Pro., the J-I-R Program culminated with a farewell presentation of gifts from over 15 student organizations. At the presentation Justice Sotomayor said that her love affair with Hawai‘i and our Law School had only just begun.
Showered with gifts and lei, and with a crowd of law students surrounding her in the leafy Law School courtyard, Justice Sotomayor said she had made good friends in the few days of her visit to an “extraordinary” law school. “I will sing your praises everywhere I go,” she told the farewell assemblage, promising them she will be back for another visit as she accepted gifts of t-shirts, pictures and even a hand-made full-size canoe paddle. “I value people, and I have now made new friends and I keep my friends forever…I promise I will return.”
Justice Sotomayor specifically had high praise for the Law School as both the “most diverse” she had ever seen, and “the most wonderful for public service.” She noted that the diversity of people and interests alone show the value of the work being done. She told one student how impressed she was with the Native Hawaiian values she saw. Many students and faculty members spoke about how impressed they were with her on many levels and were most appreciative of her personal warmth throughout the time she was with us. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful law school,” she reiterated. She praised the law students and faculty as among “the most extraordinary I have met” and said the success of the students was assured. “I know you’ll be going out into the world to set it on fire.”
After leaving the Law School, Justice Sotomayor joined members of the Hawai`i bar for an hour in at the Hawai‘i Supreme Court chambers and answered questions from the law community in a program sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Bar Association.
With a new Offensive Coordinator in Nathan Nelson (ʻ06), a new starting Quarterback and a number of new players, the Alumnae Bruzers did not come out cocky on the afternoon of November 12, 2011. However, QB Miriah Holden (ʻ08) and the Bruzer Offense proved efficient, the team’s Defense proved stiff, and the Bruzers ended up on the plus side of a 6 touchdown to none victory over a game Law Student Ete team.
The Bruzers’ Offense wa aided by the return of guard Angela Lovitt (‘97) and running back/receiver Trisha Nishimoto (ʻ11) who had not played last year, a new kicker and running back/receiver Jessica Domingo (ʻ11), and new line members Maria Carmichael (ʻ11) and Page Kraker (ʻ11).
In the first half, the Bruzers scored on a quarterback sneak by QB Holden set up by a long run on an option pitch to Nishimoto. After the Bruzers regained possession, Nishimoto scored the next TD on a bubble screen pass. The Bruzers’ third score was on a broken play, with QB Holden scrambling for the goal. In the second half, the Bruzers kicked off the scoring on a sweep to the left side by running back Domingo, followed by a score by Nishimoto on another sweep, and, to cap the scoring, Domingo scored again on a pass from Holden.
The defense, anchored by Sharon Nishi (ʻ87), Angela Correa-Pei (ʻ99) and Sonja McCullen (ʻ02), included a number of new players including: Elena Bryant (ʻ11) and Jennifer Lee (ʻ11) on the line, Nicolette Winter (ʻ11) at linebacker, and Lauren Nakamura (ʻ11) at defensive back and had new coaches Keani Alapa (ʻ11) and Ka`upena Soon (ʻ10) assisting veterans Mark Hakoda, James Hoapili and David Arakawa (ʻ81). It had been 12 years since the Bruzer defense had last pitched a shutout in 2000. Click here for a full roster of the 2011 Bruzers.
We regret to report that Bert Tomoyuki Warashina, a member of the Richardson Law School’s Class of 1984, passed away in Colorado on August 23, 2011. He was 58. Bert was a proud graduate of `Iolani School and the University of Puget Sound (Business Admin.). After graduation from UPS, he pursued Paralegal studies at the University of San Diego, then started Law School on the mainland, but transferred home in his second year to attend the Richardson Law School.
Bert had an interesting career, starting as a consumer sales representative for Sony Corp. of America, Hawaii Div., and then working for the Hawaii Teamsters’ Union as a business agent and as an administrative assistant to union head Arthur Rutledge. When there weren’t enough teamsters available, Bert would sometimes fill in as a driver for Magnum P.I. and movies filmed locally. Bert also served as an inspector for the Honolulu Liquor Commission and on the staffs of several state legislators, most recently that of then Senate President Colleen Hanabusa. Between legislative sessions, Bert practiced law as a sole practitioner.
Bert is survived by his brothers Wayne and Jon Warashina and his sisters Cheryl “Emi” Hirokane and Ann Yakuma.
As many alumni already know, Michael Frank (“Mike”) Nauyokas (52), an outstanding labor and employment law attorney, an active member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and one of the State’s premier arbitrators and mediators, passed away suddenly in his sleep on September 5, 2011. Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan. After earning a B.S. in Agricultural and Industrial Management from Colorado State University, Mike moved to Hawaii to pursue a law degree at the Richardson Law School.
Mike garnered a number of local and national awards for his excellence in bringing disputants together through his skill as a mediator. Said friend Jim Bickerton in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, “[t]here are many, many people today who can thank Mike for having saved them long, costly battles.”
On the Board of Hawaii Literacy, Mike had a passion for literacy. Shortly before his death, Mike had been making plans to visit a small school in Cambodia where his monetary donation had been instrumental in the creation of a library. Also shortly before his passing, Mike penned a Star-Advertiser commentary in which he pointed out the critical role of adults’ literacy in their ability to advance professionally, and urged readers to encourage nonreaders to seek the assistance of Hawaii Literacy.
Mike is survived by his parents, Frank and Mary Nauyokas, his girlfriend Suzanne Aquino, his brothers Christopher, Peter and Joseph, and his sisters Mary Cooper and Sarah Meisner.
1976 & 1981 – Former Governor John D. Waihee, III (ʻ76), was recently named by current Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve as chair of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, tasked with preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians with a view toward organizing a native governing body. Lei Kihoi (ʻ81) was also named to serve on the Commission
1979 – Hon Riki May Amano was recently named Mediation Lawyer of the Year for Honolulu by Best Lawyers, a major publication that makes its determinations after conducting exhaustive peer review surveys of thousands of attorneys. Congratulations Riki.
1981 – Our best to Jo Ann Uchida, who was recently appointed by Governor Abercrombie as the Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Jo Ann had previously served as the head of the Regulated Industries Complaints Office and in the Office of Consumer Protection.
1990 - Daryl Arakaki is the President of the new Kansai Chapter of the U.H. Alumni Association established last Thanksgiving Day in Osaka, Japan. Daryl is an Associate Professor at Osaka Gakuin University.
1993 – A belated “welcome home” to Jon Yoshimura, who has returned to Hawaii to work for solar energy firm SolarCity. Jon had most recently been serving as the communications director for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.
1998 – Congratulations to Adrianne Heely, who was recently appointed by Chief Justice Recktenwald and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a District Family Court Judge for the Second Circuit (Maui). Adrianne had been serving Maui County as a Deputy Corporation Counsel and been active in the Maui Bar.
2006 -- Our best wishes to Catherine “Cathy” Betts, who has been named executive director of the Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women. She previously served in the Office of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, as a Deputy Attorney General in the Family Law Division, and in private law practice.