Faculty Profiles

Administrative Law

Andrew Mergen, B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., George Washington University Law School. Assistant Section Chief, Appellate Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, United States Department of Justice.


Criminal Justice

Thomas K. Clancy, Director, National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law Research Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law. The NCJRL programs include the Cyber Crime Initiative, which raises awareness of computer-crime legal developments through conferences, publications, and selected projects and the Fourth Amendment Initiative, which promotes awareness of search and seizure principles through conferences and publications. Clancy has written more than 20 articles on the Fourth Amendment and is author of two books: Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence and The Fourth Amendment: Its History and Interpretation

Clancy practiced law as a defense counsel and as a prosecutor. He served as Chief of the Post Conviction Unit in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland in the Criminal Appeals Division, and in private practice in Washington, DC. He has briefed and argued over 900 criminal appeals cases. Professor Clancy is a cum laude graduate of Vermont Law School and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.


Ethics & Integrity in the Real World

Will Weinstein has taught Ethics courses at UH, is presently teaching at San Francisco State University and has given seminars on the subject at prominent universities in Australia, the University of New Mexico, and at the Executive MBA program at Golden Gate University. He has also been active in the financial services business for over forty years. He was Governor of the American Stock Exchange for five years and currently serves as a Financial and Investment Advisor and Money Manager to individuals and corporations active in the equity markets.




International Environmental Law

Maxine Burkett, B.A., cum laude, Williams College, J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Professor Burkett’s courses include Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Environmental Law, Race and American Law, and International Development. She has written in the area of Race, Reparations, and Environmental Justice. Currently, her work focuses on "Climate Justice," writing on the disparate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities, in the United States and globally. Professor Burkett has presented her research on Climate Justice throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.


International Law - Co Taught by Sherry Broder, and Ved Nanda

Ved Nanda, B.A., M.A., 1952, Punjab University, India, LL.B., 1955, LL.M., 1958, Delhi University, India; LL.M., 1962, Northwestern University, Graduate Fellow, Yale University. Professor Nanda has taught at the University of Denver since 1965. In addition to his scholarly achievements, he is significantly involved in the global international law community. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now its Honorary President, former honorary Vice President of the American Society of International Law and now its counselor, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights.

Sherry P. Broder is a complex civil litigation and international  law attorney. She was the first woman President of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Ms. Broder has represented Native Hawaiians in their claims for entitlements and defends the constitutionality of their programs. She served as class counsel for the 9,500 victims of torture during the dictatorship of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and with the team won a $2 billion verdict, believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in U.S. history. Ms. Broder graduated  in 1975 from U.C. Berkeley Law School with highest honors. She has been recognized both nationally and in her community for her achievements and received many honors and awards.  She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White publishers). She was selected Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1994, 1995, and 1997, Solo Practitioner of the Year, 1992 by the ABA, and first recipient of the Cox Price Human Rights Award from the University of Denver Law School, 2007. 





Kūʻē me ke Kānāwai: Framing Law and Native Struggles in Modern Hawaiʻi

Avi Soifer, Dean and Professor of Law, received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1972. He also holds a B.A. cum laude (1969) and Masters of Urban Studies (1972) degrees from Yale.
Soifer has been serving as Dean of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i since 2003. Soifer received Boston College’s Distinguished Senior Research Award and he was appointed as a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Wisconsin's Legal Studies Institute. He has an extensive record of scholarly publications, presentations, and public service activities and he continues to teach primarily in the areas of constitutional law, legal history, legal writing, and law and humanities.

Jonathan Osorio, a professor in Manoa’s Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, has devoted his life to becoming an expert on Hawai‘i politics and history, music and identity, and indigenous civil rights and social justice. His community service is imbued with the gracious spirit of ‘ohana that values children, elders and kupuna and allies and friends. He was recently named the recipient of the 2010 Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service.


Second-Year Seminar

Hazel Beh, BA, University of Arizona, MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, PhD, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, JD, William S. Richardson School of Law. Professor Beh joined the law school in 1995 as Acting Associate Dean and joined the faculty in 1996. She teaches Contracts, Advanced Torts and Insurance Law, and legal writing. She is a former director of the legal writing program. Her scholarship interests are diverse; she has written articles concerning insurance, bioethics, torts, contracts, and higher education law. In 1998-99, she was selected by students and faculty as Outstanding Professor of the Year. Professor Beh is also a 2000 recipient of the Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award, the University of Hawai`i's highest honor for teachers.

Second-Year Seminar

Linda Hamilton Krieger, AB, Stanford University, JD, New York University School of Law. Professor Krieger grew up in Hawaiʻi and returned home to join the law faculty at the William S. Richardson School of Law as a Professor of Law and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program in 2007. She came to Richardson from the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). After graduating from law school in 1978, Professor Krieger worked for 13 years as a civil rights lawyer in San Francisco, California. During that period, she litigated at the trial and appellate levels, a number of significant state and federal sex and race discrimination and other workers' rights cases.



Dale W. Lee joined the Law School in 2007 after a distinguished career as a Senior Litigation Partner with the Honolulu law firm of Kobayashi Sugita & Goda. In 2004, he served as President of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and in 2006, as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.



Spencer Kimura '96

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