April 20, 2012


  • The American Inns of Court (AIC), a national organization dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bar and bench, has named its Hawaii chapter after retired Judge James S. Burns, who was honored at AIC’s first annual dinner at the Waialae Country Club on April 10. The event was reported and Judge Burns was featured in "Honoring the Honorable Judge Burns," in the April 18 issue of Midweek.

    James S. Burns
  • The Law School has named Eric K. Yamamoto - award-winning author, advocate, teacher, and legal scholar - to a newly-established professorship: The Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice. This professorship honors the late Fred T. Korematsu, whose courage in the face of racially-biased World War II government policies of detaining and imprisoning Japanese Americans will inspire advanced studies in civil liberties at the Law School and contribute to social justice initiatives in the United States and beyond.
    Eric discussed the significance of the professorship on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" on April 16.

    Eric K. Yamamoto


  • On Wednesday, April 23, Linda Krieger and Jenn Rose will present "From Gender Discrimination to Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses: The Lesser Known Legacy of Title IX,"
    The symposium -- hosted by Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) and Hawaii Women Lawyers -- is Part II of APIL's Sexual Harassment Symposium which focuses on the intersection of civil rights, gender discrimination, and sexual violence in a campus context. The topic is in line with Part I of the series and times perfectly with the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The event is from 11.45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in CR3. Lunch will be provided for attendees.
    Details are at apil@hawaii.edu or Hawaii Women Lawyers: rosejenn@hawaii.edu.
  • Visiting Professor Fran Miller participated in a panel discussion on "Policy & Politics: Health Care Reform and APRN Practice," a Post-Conference Event sponsored by UH Manoa Nursing on March 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
  • Randall Roth's work on the Restatement of Trusts has been published in "Restatement of the Law Third, Trusts," Volume 4, Sections 93 to 110 (American Law Institute) (2011) (Halbach, Reporter; Roth & Gallanis, Associate Reporters).
  • Avi Soifer presented his draft paper, "Federal Protection, Paternalism, and Voluntary Peonage," at the final faculty Work-in-Progress program of the academic year. This year's series  was led by Lei Seeger.


  • The Environmental Law Program colloquium series presented “Pågat Under Fire: A Follow-up on the Citizen Suit Against the U.S. Department of Defense to Save an Ancient Chamorro Village” with visiting attorney Matthew Adams on Wednesday.


  • Congratulations to the incoming 2012-2013 Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO) Board. The new officers are:
    President: Kevin Chen '14
    Vice President: Tim Partelow '14
    Treasurer: Kevin White '14
    Secretary/Historian: Andrew Strand '14
    Administrative Liaison: Grady Owen '14
    The outgoing Board would like to express their sincere gratitude to all for allowing them to serve the Law School community and presents their 2011-2012 PALSO Annual Report (History), which states what their organization does and what it has accomplished in the past year.
  • Sharde K. Mersberg '14 has been named the Law School's 2012 Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow. The Mink Fellowship program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, as it continues to honor the legacy of the Hawai‘i Congresswoman who was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress and who became a path-breaking advocate for gender equality.
    Sharde will receive a $5,000 stipend to spend the summer as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Hawai‘i Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

    2011 and 2012 Patsy Mink Legislative Fellows Tiara Maumau '13, left, and Sharde Mersberg '14

    Patsy Mink Legislative Fellows, left to right: 2006-Greg Schlais '08, 2006-Sandra Kim '07, 2010-Melanie Legdesog '12, 2007-Tiffany Kaeo '09, and 2011-Tiara Maumau '13



  • On Friday, April 13, the Hawai‘i Women Lawyers held their 2011 Annual Awards Reception at the Plaza Club to honor the following recipients for their outstanding work and commitment: Shannon Wack '90 and Jo Kim '77, Outstanding Women Lawyer Award; Judge Faye Koyanagi, Outstanding Judicial Achievement Award; the late Jon Markham Van Dyke, Lifetime Achievement Award; Elizabeth Kent '85, Distinguished Service Award; and Susan Ichinose' 77, President’s Award.
  • "Water Commission needs expertise and vision to fulfill its mission," a commentary by Isaac Moriwake '98 and Camille Kalama '05 was published in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 16 (log-in required).
  • The hula halau of Brandon Iliahi Peredes '00 and his wife Haunani, Halau Kekuaokala‘au‘ala‘a‘iliahi, finished fourth in the Kane Kahiko and Kane Auana events at the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo on Saturday.