May 11, 2012



  • On May 1, John Barkai demonstrated a negotiation and presented “Teaching Lawyering Skills in the 21st Century” for the plenary session at the 2012 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Los Angeles, California.
  • The sixth edition of David L. Callies, Robert H. Freilich, and Thomas E. Roberts, Cases and Materials on Land Use (West, 2012) just appeared.
    In the Preface, David thanked Kekoa Keiley '11, Emily Klatt '11, Annie Okazaki '13, Bobby Schroeder, and Nichole Thomas '12 for their research assistance.
  • Lawrence Foster ’81 recently taught Property II for the second consecutive year at Beijing University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Larry's also acts as a thesis advisor for several students at the school which is seeking to be the first overseas J.D. program to be accredited by the ABA.
    On May 1, Larry was a panelist in ThinkTech Hawai‘i's radio broadcast, "Asia in Review: Ready for China's Investment in Hawaii?"
  • Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, a new volume edited by Justin Levinson (with Robert Smith, University of North Carolina), was just released by Cambridge University Press. The publisher explains that the book explores how scientific evidence about the human mind might help to explain why racial equality is so elusive. Through the lens of powerful and pervasive implicit racial attitudes and stereotypes, it examines both the continued subordination of historically disadvantaged groups and the legal system's complicity in the subordination.
    Contributors to the book include Danielle Conway, Charles Lawrence, Eric Yamamoto, Susan Serrano '98, Breann Swann Nu'uhiwa, and Michele Sonen '11.
    Other contributors include law professors Charles Ogletree (Harvard Law School), Michele Goodwin (University of Minnesota), Michelle Wilde Anderson (UC-Berkeley), Jerry Kang (UCLA) and Nancy Gertner (Harvard Law School).
    The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School will host a conference on June 14 to celebrate the book launch. Participants include book chapter authors, social psychologists, practitioners, judges, attorneys, and others striving to integrate research about implicit bias and related social psychological phenomena into new programs, trainings, and interventions, as well as people who are developing new tools to measure the ongoing impact of implicit bias across many fields.
    The conference is being co-sponsored by our Culture and Jury Project. Please find information and registration for the conference here.
  • A reception on Tuesday at College Hill celebrated the establishment of the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice and honored Eric Yamamoto as its inaugural recipient. UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich, UH Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw, and Avi Soifer thanked the Kosasa family  -- who generously contributed the lead gift -- and other donors and they joined Karen Korematsu and Professor Lorraine Bannai, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University, in empahsizing how fitting it is that Eric was named to this new professorship to carry forward Fred Korematsu's courageous legacy.
    Eric graciously thanked the Kosasa and Korematsu families as well as students and alumni, colleagues and friends and briefly discussed the connection between theory and practice he has developed in his teaching, scholarship, mentoring and advocacy. Paul Kosasa concluded the program by spontaneously and eloquently speaking on behalf of his family about the Korematsu legacy. Carrie Ogami Fuller took the lead in organizing the event.

    Eric K. Yamamoto

    Avi Soifer

    Karen Korematsu

    Eric K. Yamamoto, seated center, with Karen Korematsu, seated left, Minnie Kosasa, seated right, the Kosasa family, and members of the Law School community

    From left, standing, Susan Kosasa, Lindsay Kosasa, Paul Kosasa, Karen Korematsu, and Gloria Kosasa Gainsley. Seated, Eric K. Yamamoto, and Minnie Kosasa

    Eric K. Yamamoto and Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw


    At the College Hill Reception


  • The Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law has received an award of $150,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The funds will be used to develop and conduct a training program at the Law School for public councils, boards, and commissions.
    Ka Huli Ao Director Melody MacKenzie '76 responded: “We are honored to partner with OHA in this endeavor. Many councils, boards, and commissions administer public trust resources and programs directly impacting Native Hawaiian traditional and customary rights, iwi kūpuna or ancestral remains, natural resources, and public trust lands. State laws place a duty on our government to protect and preserve these rights. In addition, there is a fiduciary duty to administer public trust resources in the interest of the beneficiaries—all of the citizens of Hawai‘i—including Native Hawaiians."
  • Roberta Woods has prepared a biliography guide to C. J. Richardson's life in connection with her Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Roberta welcomes your comments and suggestions (


  • On Wednesday, April 25, the Honolulu City Council recognized the Law School's Native American Moot Court team for its recent success in the 20th Annual National Native American Law Students Association's Moot Court Competition and presented the team with a certificate at Kapolei Hale.
    Honolulu Councilman Stanley Chang and Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi announced the congratulatory measure and Council Chairman Ernest Martin '95 introduced the announcement. Representing the team were: Tyler Gomes '12, Teri Wright '13, Zach DiIonno '13, Team Captain Adam Roversi '12, and Jarrett Keohokalole '13. Advisors Williamson Chang and Derek Kauanoe '08 accompanied the students.


Back row: Honolulu City Council members and Jarrett Keohokalole '13 on the far right
Front row, from left: Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, Tyler Gomes '12, Teri Wright '13, Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, Zach DiIonno '13, Adam Roversi '12, Williamson Chang, and Derek Kauanoe '08

  • On Friday, May 4, Hawai'i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi '96 visited the Law School and met with Elwen Freitas '12, Adam Roversi '12, Lisa Yang '14, and incoming law student Matt Kaaihue as well as Kapua Sproat '98, and Derek Kauanoe '08.
    Mayor Kenoi shared entertaining insights about his Law School experience, his life following graduation, and his work as mayor of Hawai'i Island.

    From left, incoming student Matt Kaaihue, Adam Roversi '12, Lisa Yang '14, Mayor Billy Kenoi '96, Kapua Sproat '98, and Elwen Freitas '12

    From left, Lisa Yang '14, Elwen Freitas '12, incoming student Matt Kaaihue, Mayor Billy Kenoi '96, and Adam Roversi '12
  • Adam Roversi '12, a Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law Certificate student, will be interviewed by Hawaii Public Radio 2 at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 14 at KIPO 89.3 and online here.



  • Sunny Greer '09 had a cameo appearance on the season finale of the CBS reality TV show, "The Amazing Race 20," which aired this past Sunday. Hawai‘i was the final destination for the show and Sunny officiated the holua sled portion of the race, which was filmed at the Coral Kingdom Gate in Hakipu‘u Valley.  A clip of the segment may be viewed here.
  • Cayce Greiner '11 passed the Colorado February 2012 bar exam.
  • Emily Klatt '11 passed the February 2012 Hawai‘i bar exam. Emily previously passed the July 2011 Michigan bar exam.
  • Marti Townsend '05 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Outdoor Circle beginning May 1.
    On May 5, The Outdoor Circle -- the state's oldest environmental organization -- celebrated its Centennial Year with a luncheon at Kualoa Ranch.