August 2012 Alumni Newsletter Vol 24, Issue 2


  • 9th All Class Reunion Commemorates Law Professor Jon M. Van Dyke
    Friday, September 28th, 5:30-9:30PM
    RSVP Friday, September 14th

The 9th All Class Reunion will be held on Friday, September 28th, at the Hale Koa Hotel's Waikiki Ballroom, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. We will recognize the following WSRSL graduating classes who are celebrating anniversaries: Class of 1977 (35th); Class of 1982 (30th); Class of 1987 (25th); Class of 1992 (20th); Class of 1997 (15th); Class of 2002 (10th); Class of 2007 (5th) and Class of 2012 (our newest alumni). Please coordinate with your classmates and reserve tables to seat ten persons. Aloha attire is recommended for the sit-down style luau featuring an assortment of delicious Hawaiian food. No host cocktails available. The Hale Koa Hotel offers validated parking in their mauka lot for $5/car.

The program will commemorate the life, legend and legacy of beloved Law Professor Jon M. Van Dyke. The 2012 WSRSLAA Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna of the Year and the Law Dean's two Awardees will also be honored. Entertainment will feature Lihau Hannahs Paik and Kellen Paik of Kupaoa, a Na Hoku Hanohano award winning Hawaiian music duo.

Prices are $65 for alumni and guests; and $50 for the Class of 2012, current law students and law professors. R.S.V.P. by September 14th at or mail your check payable to WSRSLAA-Reunion, to P.O. Box 952, Honolulu, HI 96808. For further information, please contact Debbie Lee at or call #388-9842.

  • Gardening Project at WSRSL Courtyard
    Sunday, August 26th, 9:00AM-2:00PM
    RSVP Tuesday, August 21st

The Environmental Law Society, Aha Hui o Hawaii and your Alumni Association invite you to join us in beautifying the grounds of our beloved Law School. We will weed, prune, mulch, fertilize and relocate plants in the WSRSL courtyard gardens and the ewa parking lot on Sunday, August 26th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please kokua for a couple of hours since UH Facilities Management has cut back on its landscape and gardening services. ELS and Hui have adopted the Van Dyke and Jarman-Leigh gardens while WSRSLAA and Judge Jim Burns are the kahu for the Burns garden. Chilled water and a light lunch will be provided. Parking is free in the ewa lot. Bring sunscreen, your water bottle, gloves and your favorite gardening tools. Donations of potting soil, top soil and fertilizer pellets would be much welcomed. Please R.S.V.P. by August 21st at or call Debbie Lee at #388-9842 for more information.

  • MCPE Course Offered by Professor Emertius Addison Bowman
    Saturday, September 29th, 8:00AM-Noon
    RSVP Friday, September 21st

Law Professor Emeritus, Addison Bowman, will offer his "CONFLICTS OF INTEREST" course on Saturday, September 29th, at WSRSL Classroom 2, from 8:00 am to noon. The HSBA has agreed to award 3 MCPE credits for this seminar. Seating is limited to 100 attendees. Cost is $36/person with first preference given to WSRSL alumni, especially those who attended the 9th All Class Reunion.

R.S.V.P. by September 21st at or mail your check payable to WSRSLAA-MCPE, to P. O. Box 952, Honolulu, HI 96808. Coffee, ice tea and muffins will be served during the half-hour break at 10:00 am. Parking available at the lower campus lot for $6. For further information, please contact Debbie Lee at or call #388-9842.

  • 2012 Landshark Invitational Surf Contest
    Saturday, September 29th, 8:00AM-4:00PM
    RSVP Friday, September 21st

To all surfers, bodyboarders and stand-up paddlers (or alumni looking for a fun day at the beach): The 2012 Landshark Invitational will be held on September 29, 2012 at Kewalos/Shark's Hole from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lawyers (active and inactive), law students, and spouses/significant others are eligible to enter. Entry fees are $40 for lawyers, $20 for law students, and $40 for spouses/significant others (however, spouses/significant others are not eligible to win the coveted bobble-headed Landshark trophies). One entry fee covers multiple category entries (e.g., longboard and shortboard if you so choose). Net proceeds after insurance, water patrol, and other costs will support the William S. Richardson School of Law's student-run Environmental Law Society, which fundraises for it's No Ke ‘Ola o ka ‘Āina summer grant, awarded to an outstanding student working with an environmental public interest or governmental organization during the summer. Categories include different age categories in men's and women's longboard, shortboard, bodyboard, stand-up paddle, and a costume contest (must surf in costume) in honor of the late ICA Justice John Lim, who surfed the first Landshark in a suit and tie and carried a briefcase. If you would like an entry form and more information, email 1991 alum Lea Hong at Mahalo to sponsors Na Loio He‘e Nalu, WSRSLAA, LEXIS-NEXIS, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, Ashford & Wriston, and XCEL. For more details and an entry form, visit

  • 2013 Jon Van Dyke Conference

A two-day Conference honoring the scholarship and legacy of Professor Jon Van Dyke will be held in 2013 (January 31 – February 1, 2013). The Opening Reception will be at held Ali'iolani Hale (the Hawai'i Supreme Court Building) with remaining portions of the conference at WSRSL and the Center for Korean Studies. Reflecting the issues Professor Van Dyke felt deeply about, panels will address topics such as Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, Human Rights, International Environmental Law, the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Northeast Asian Seas – Conflicts, Strategies for Peaceful Resolutions and Accomplishments, and International Nuclear Law. WSRSL Alumni are invited to attend the conference and are welcome to volunteer as conference assistants. Please contact Sherry Broder at #808-531-1411 to volunteer, make donations to fund this conference and or ask questions.


  • 2012 Dean's Alumna of the Year Rebecca Dayhuff ('07)

    Rebecca “Becca” Dayhuff ('07) is currently an attorney at Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel. She concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects and real estate law. Becca served on the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association (“WSRSLAA”) Board of Directors from 2007-2012. Becca serves as the secretary of Honolulu Professionals Foundation, a Hawaii nonprofit, and was the 2012 Event Chair for its annual fundraiser.
  • 2012 WSRSLAA Outstanding Alumnus Calvin Young ('82)

    In addition to WSRSLAA, Hawaii State Bar Assocation ("HSBA") selected Calvin to be honored this year due to his ongoing and past contributions. Both organizations are recognizing Calvin for his hard work and his leadership skills. Calvin puts in a tremendous amount of time, thought and effort when he chairs events and special projects. He is the HSBA Vice President this year; next year he will be President-elect and in 2014 he will be the HSBA President.
  • 2012 Public Service Award Rosemary T. Fazio ('78)

    Rosemary came to Hawaii in 1973 as a social worker and knew immediately that she would never leave. As a member of the Law School’s third graduating class, she enjoyed life and learning in the School’s temporary quary facilities. Upon graduation, she joined the Ashford & Wriston law firm, where she continues to work full-time as a partner. After graduation, Rosemary participated in the 1978 formation of the U.H. Law School Alumni Association (now “WSRSLAA”). She is currently a Director for the HSBA Senior Counsel Division.


  • WSRSLAA Annual Meeting and Elections

Prior to the start of the Wine & Food Extravaganza (article below), the WSRSL Alumni Association held its Annual Meeting and announced the results of its first contested election in a number of years. Outgoing President Everett Ohta began the meeting with his President’s Report (link below). His report highlighted the many successes of the Alumni Association over the past year, including a record-setting attendance at the All Class Reunion and strong alumni support for the law school’s hosting of the Native American Moot Court Competition. The report also recognized the great loss suffered by the Law School and greater legal community with the passing of Professor Jon Van Dyke earlier in the year.

Following the President’s Report, Interim Corresponding Secretary Jim Williston ('78) announced the results of the 2012 WSRSLAA Election. Jill Nunokawa (’88) was elected Vice-President/President-Elect, Tracey Kubota (’09) will continue to serve as Treasurer, Erline “Sunny” Greer (’08) will serve as Corresponding Secretary, and Ryan “Mars” Johnson (’08) will continue to serve as Recording Secretary. In the hotly contested race for Directors representing the first half of WSRSL graduates, Rosemary Fazio (’78), Cynthia Quinn (’88), and Jodie Roeca (’85) were elected to the Board. Jill Hasegawa (’04), Lori Hiraoka (’00), and Jade Wong (’10) were elected to serve as the Directors representing the second half of graduates. Debbie Lee (’82) will assume the duties of WSRLAA President, having been elected as Vice-President/ President-Elect at last year’s election, and Everett Ohta (’09) will remain on the Board as Immediate Past President.

In addition to the Board elections, three by-law amendments were voted on and approved by the alumni. The first by-law amendment that passed provides that beginning with the 2013 elections, the WSRSL Alumni Association Board of Directors will be split into three groups of Directors, with each group representing alumni from their respective third of law school graduates (previously, the Directors were split into two groups of representatives for the first and second halves of graduates). The second by-law amendment gives the Immediate Past-President voting authority on matters that come before the Board of Directors. The third by-law amendment places responsibility over alumni contact information in the Recording Secretary.

To read the President's Report, visit

  • Our Successful 2012 Wine Tasting Extravaganza & Silent Auction

On June 21, 2012, the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association partnered with Tamura's Fine Wines to hold its 2012 Wine Tasting Extravaganza & Silent Auction at Indigo Restaurant. The event raised money for student scholarships, Alumni Association activities, and the Jon Van Dyke Endowment. More than 160 alumni and friends attended, enjoyed wines from five local vendors, and bid on more than fifty silent auction items generously donated by alumni and the community. This year's event was organized by Melissa Miyashiro ('10), Debbie Lee ('82), Summer Fergerstrom ('11), and Jennifer Lee ('11). Other members of the Wine Tasting Committee who graciously volunteered their time include Everett Ohta ('09), Tracey Kubota ('09), Jim Williston ('78), Alexa Fujise ('80), and Lori Hiraoka ('00).

The Alumni Association would like to thank the team at Indigo (including catering manager Bob Grossberger and owner Glenn Chu), the team at Tamura's Fine Wines (including manager Mike Sato), our generous wine vendors (JMD Beverages, Johnson Brothers, Chambers & Chambers, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Young's Market Co.), Grass Shack Productions for designing our advertisement, Sherri Lee and Lance Takenaka for providing sound services, Sunny Greer ('09) for assisting with registration, Dane Anderson ('10) for coordinating music, our generous silent auction donors, and Dean Avi Soifer for his continued support and for speaking to our guests about the exciting changes ahead for the law school.

  • WSRSLAA USS Missouri Community Service Project

Joe Kotowski ('03), Nathan Roehrig ('03), Keahi Lee, Paul Fong ('78), Debbie Lee ('82), Tom Wong ('81) & son, Andrew Wong, Rina Chung ('03), and Sam Suen ('08)standing underneath the big guns of the "Mighty Mo."

Nine alumni and family members volunteered at our July 28th community service project aboard the USS Missouri berthed off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. Volunteer Coordinator, Keven Williamson, split the WSRSLAA volunteers into three separate groups. Rina Chung ('03), Sam Suen ('08), Debbie Lee ('82) and Keahi Lee used electric sanders to grind old green paint off ammo shells and then primed them with an oily base coat. Paul Fong ('78), Tom Wong ('81) and his son, Andrew, cleaned a room while the Joe Kotowski ('03) and Nathan Roehrig ('03) moved heavy furniture and equipment off the ship. The group was given a special tour of the ship which included a visit to the small law library and special room for the ship's lawyers.

Rina Chung ('03) sanding off old paint on an ammunition shell from the USS Missouri.

Debbie Lee ('82) painting a disarmed projectile, which will later be displayed at the USS Missouri gift shop.

Sam Suen ('08) also sanding off paint from an ammo shell at the USS Missouri.


  • Sidney "Sid" Michael Quintal ('78) (1949-2012)
    (Mahalo to Sid’s family for the following.)

Sid Quintal ('78) was born on November 4, 1949 at Kapiolani Hospital to Clayton and Elsie Quintal. His siblings are Clayton, Jr., Stephanie, John, Nolan and Sonya. The family moved to Wahiawa in 1957 where Sid attended Wahiawa Elementary, and later Leilehua High School. Sid always considered Wahiawa his childhood home, and returned often to eat his favorite meat jun and retrace his old paper route. The family moved back to town in 1965 to be closer to the U.H. for older brother Clayton, Jr., and Sid attended Damien and then St. Louis for his junior and senior years of high school. Sid simultaneously attended college at Hawaii Loa College and the University of Hawaii, and later received his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. Sid helped countless people in the course of his 30+ years as an attorney. To read more about Sid, go to


Sherry Broder completed and recently published two scholarly works that she began with Jon Van Dyke. 
They are a chapter, "The Urgency of Reducing Air Pollution from Global Shipping" in The Regulation of International Shipping: International and Comparative Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Edgar Gold, edited by Aldo Chircop, et al, (Martinus/Nijhoff, 2012) and "Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas; Protecting the Marine Environment in the Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones" in 40 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 472 (2012), Perspectives on International Law in an Era of Change, Festshrift in Honor of Professor Ved Nanda, 40th Anniversary of the Denver Journal of International Law and its Founder, Professor Ved P. Nanda.


  • Natalie G. Banach ('11) has joined Yamamoto & Settle as an associate attorney. Natalie will practice in the areas of energy, real estate and corporate law.
  • Simeon L. Vance ('08) has joined the Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm in their Reno office as an associate and member of the Corporate Transactions, Securities & Tax Department.


  • Help Jamil Newirth ('12) Fight

Recent WSRSL graduate Jamil Newirth ('12) is fighting brain cancer. Jamil allowed his health insurance to lapse while he prepared for the bar exam this summer, and he was diagnosed in July. His family hopes to raise $200,000.00 to pay for the first wave of medical bills. Please consider making a donation to the family's online fundraiser at