May 18, 2012


  • This is the last Ke Kula Kānāwai newsletter of the academic year. We expect to send periodic newsletters over the summer. Please continue to share your news with Mahalo!


  • David Forman '93 and Circuit Judge Richard Pollack are among five candidates nominated by the Hawaii Judicial Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. The other nominees are: Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals Craig Nakamura, Associate Justice of the ICA Daniel R. Foley, and Circuit Judge Derrick Chan.
    Please see "State Supreme Court Nominees Announced," published in the Hawaii Reporter on May 11.

  • Gregory Kim, Natalie Banach '11, and Catherine Taschner '11 were featured in "Free & Legal: Business Law Corps aims to deliver corporate law services to local startups at no cost," in the UH Alumni Magazine Spring 2012 edition.

  • Through the “cluster hire” initiative launched by Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, the Law School and the Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge are pleased to announce the selection of Malia K. H. Akutagawa ’97 and Kamana Beamer as our new, shared faculty members. The Chancellor’s Search Committee was co-chaired by Kapua Sproat '98 and W. Kekai Perry ’96.
    Avi Soifer said, “We are very grateful to the Chancellor, to the co-chairs, and to everyone at both schools who worked so hard to make this innovative hiring process a success.”
    Malia and Kamana will officially begin their work on the Hui ‘Āina Momona project that involves both schools and many others within UH and throughout the community on June 1.

  • On Monday, Kapua Sproat '98 and Adam Roversi' 12 were featured separately on Hawai'i Public Radio's "The Conversation" with Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook. In the first segment, Adam, who graduated with a Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law, spoke about his work before enrolling in law school and his interest in Native Hawaiian and environmental issues. At the end of the show Kapua spoke about “the rights of nature” and previewed her talk on Tuesday at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center McCoy Studio on protections for Hawai‘i’s lands and natural resources.

    Kapua Sproat '98 and Adam Roversi '12


  • Kristi Shiraki reported on the 2012 food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank:
    "I’m so happy to let you know that with your generous donations we were able to surpass last year’s totals by collecting 612 lbs. of food and $3,629 in monetary donations (last year we collected 582 lbs. of food and $3,122.80 in monetary donations).
    The winners of the rice challenge are Jiro Yuda '14 and Lori Takara.
    Thank you again for all your help and support to make this year’s food drive such a success. We made a difference!"

    The rice wall
  • Avi Soifer chaired a Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission community meeting on May 9 at Windward Community College. Attendees included Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark R. Recktenwald, Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission Chair and Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley, State Senator Clayton Hee, and State Representatives Della Au Bellati '03 and Jessica Wooley as well as representatives from the Domestic Violence Action Center, the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, the Mediation Center of the Pacific, and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison participated in a panel presentation, “Transforming Your Traditional Lecture Format into an Online Class,” on May 15 for the UH Manoa Center for Teaching Excellence. Panelists included Ariana Eichelberger and Paul McKimmy, Technology & Distance Programs, College of Education; John Zuern, Department of English, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature; and Leslie Lopez, Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Faculty Development and Support.


  • Congratulations to the Class of 2012 whose graduation was on Sunday. As their class gift to the Law School, the graduating class donated $2,000 to the Jon M. Van Dyke Fund. Sherry Broder received the generous gift and thanked the class and spoke about how fitting and moving it was for the Class of 2012 to make such a donation to carry on Jon Van Dyke’s legacy.
    Please see "U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra Praises and Offers Sage Advice to Newly Graduated Law School Class of 2012 in Ceremonies Sunday at Andrews Amphitheater."
    Photographs of Sunday's graduation ceremony may be seen here and here.

    The William S. Richardson Law School Class of 2012

    Avi Soifer and Mericia Palma


    Avi Soifer and
    Aitofele Sunia
    The Environmental Law Program Certificate (ELP) graduates, seated from left,
    Robyn Pfahl, Lehua Kauhane, Ana Won Pat-Borja, Tricia Sakamoto, Elmira Hadzhieva, Melissa Uhl; Standing from left, Brent Kakesako, Kaleo Nacapoy, Andrew Porter, Adam Roversi, John Howell, Jo Sheng, Chris Odoca, and Jamil Newirth

    Master of Laws (LLM Program) graduates, seated left to right: Mohammed Alharbi, Alex Martius, Katarina Hradska, Moana Numanga, Tsun-Chen Kang, Duckmi Kim.
    Standing left right: Alaauldeen Mansorei, Gregg Buchanan, Abdulrahman Almutairi, Wensheng Gao, and Elmira Hadzhieva


    Juris Doctor (JD
    ) full-time program speaker Brent Kakesako and evening part-time program speaker Erin Chisholm Kalopodes

    A toast to the new graduates at the courtyard reception


  • Congratulations to our alumni who passed the February 2012 Hawai‘i bar exam. They are:
    Sandra Deheza-Rodriguez
    Scott Black
    Ryan Caday
    Amphay Champathong
    David Graetz
    Ha’aheo Kaho’ohalahala
    Derek Kauanoe
    Emily Klatt
    Usha Pillai
    Greg Shimokawa
    Sherilyn Tavares
    Kelden Waltjen
  • On Monday, Adrianne Heely '98 was sworn in as a 2nd Circuit District Family Court judge. The Maui News featured Adrianne in an article "Judge Heely pledges to take job ‘very seriously’" on Wednesday.
  • James J. (Jimmy) Nelson '96 is counsel to Hearst Fujingaho Co., the wholly-owned Japanese publishing subsidiary of Hearst Corporation. Following Hearst's acquisition of the international publishing assets of Lagardere Active S.A. of France, James reports to the Office of General Counsel at Hearst Corporation in New York as well as to executive management in Tokyo.
    As part of a Tokyo-based team, he handles corporate governance and intellectual property management as well as contract drafting and review in Japanese and in English by telecommute from Honolulu and by quarterly visits to Japan.
  • Douglas J. Sameshima '83 has been nominated for appointment to the Circuit Court on Maui. Other nominees are: Peter T. Cahill, Michelle L. Drewyer, Kelsey T. Kawano, and Lloyd A. Poelman.
  • Jed Strong passed the February 2012 Utah bar exam.