June 8, 2012


  • The Law & Society Association 2012 International Meeting was held this week in Waikiki. The Law School faculty, staff, students and alumni who chaired sessions, presented papers and otherwise participated included: Julian Aguon '09, Tai Ung Baik, Charles Booth, Sherry Broder, Maxine Burkett, Kim D. Chanbonpin '03, Adam Chang '12, Williamson Chang, Alison Connor, Danielle Conway, Bianca Isaki '13, Keith Johnston '08, Derek Kauanoe '08, Linda Hamilton Krieger, Charles Lawrence, Jae-Hyup Lee, Mark Levin, Justin Levinson, Melody Mackenzie '76, Sabrina S. McKenna '82, Brian Mackintosh, Breann Swann Nu‘uhiwa '09, Jonathan Osorio, Adam Roversi '12, Kathleen Sands, Susan Serrano '98, and Kapua Sproat '98
    A list of their papers and participation may be viewed here.
  • The Law School co-hosted a Conference on Asian Empirical Scholarship on June 4 with the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and Cornell Law School. Denise Antolini and Justin Levinson -- just back from his sabbatical in Israel -- each served as the discussant for several papers.
  • On May 15, John Barkai gave a talk on “Mentoring Skills and Tips” at the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Mentoring Orientation.
  • Ronald Brown spoke about the "Evolving role of Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in China" at a conference on China hosted by N.Y.U. Law School from May 9-11 in New York City.
  • The 6th edition of Land Use, a casebook coauthored by David Callies, Robert Freilich and Tom Roberts, was recently published by Thomson West. The book continues to be the most widely-used land use text in the United States.
  • On June 4, Avi Soifer received the very sad news that Larry and Brenda Foster's baby grandchild had passed away in Houston. Our deepest sympathies to Larry and Brenda and their entire family.
    Here is Larry's message:
    "Isabel Ruth Long passed away on June 4, 2012 in Houston, Texas in the arms of her mother and father. Isabel Ruth Long was born in Houston on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 via urgent c-section. Born at 27 weeks, she weighed 550 grams (1 pound 2 ounces). She spent her brief yet full life surrounded by doctors and nurses who adored her in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Children's Hospital. Services in Houston and Kailua pending."
    Donations In Memory of Izzie to the March of Dimes premature baby fund may be made here.
  • The Law School community welcomes Visiting Scholar Jiang Junlu, a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons in Beijing, China. Mr. Jiang specializes in Labor Law and will be at the Law School until June 30. Mr. Jiang will use the Adjunct/Visitor’s office #257 and has a mailbox in the Faculty Support office. He was invited to participate in our Visiting Scholar Program by Ronald Brown

    Jiang Junlu
  • Articles by Linda Hamilton Krieger, Charles Lawrence, and Mari Matsuda '80 appear among "The Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time," a study compiled by Fred R. Shapiro and published in the June issue of Michigan Law Review. The Wall Street Journal featured the study on June 2. Their articles were:
    Linda Hamilton Krieger: "The Content of Our Categories: A Cognitive Bias Approach to Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity," 47 Stan. L. Rev. 1161 (1995).
    Charles R. Lawrence III: "The Id, the Ego, and Equal Protection: Reckoning with Unconscious Racism," 39 Stan. L. Rev. 317 (1987).
    Mari J. Matsuda: "Public Response to Racist Speech: Considering the Victim’s Story," 87 Mich. L. Rev. 2320 (1989).
    Mari J. Matsuda: "Looking to the Bottom: Critical Legal Studies and Reparations," 22 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 323 (1987).
  • Brigadier General Coral Wong Pietsch, USA (Ret.), wife of Jim Pietsch, recently was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for a fifteen-year term.
  • Gov. Neil Abercrombie has nominated Judge Richard W. Pollack to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. Judge Pollack has served as a Circuit Court judge since 2000. He also served as a substitute for the Supreme Court and Intermediate Court of Appeals. His nomination was reported in Pacific Business News and Hawaii24/7 on June 5, and in LegalNewsline.com on June 6.
    Judge Pollack also was featured in "Lift age limit for state judges," an editorial in today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
  • On May 24, Avi Soifer took part in a panel discussion about campaign finance on the PBS Hawai‘i program "Insights" hosted by Dan Boylan. The panel discussed which laws govern federal and state campaign spending for elected office and what rules come into play if you donate to a candidate.
    Avi also spoke on behalf of the Law School at a Federal Court ceremony recognizing Judge David Alan Ezra’s 24 years of service on the federal bench on the occasion of Judge Ezra becoming a Senior District Court Judge.
    On Tuesday, Avi was interviewed by Beth-Ann Kozlovich on "The Conversation" and he discussed the Law School's multidisciplinary Child Welfare Clinic, its connections to community organizations and public schools, and the Medical-Legal Partnership, led by Dina Shek '06, which it helped to launch.


  • The Law School received a 2012 Diversity Matters Certificate of Recognition from the Law School Admissions Council for “demonstrated commitment to diversity in the legal profession” on June 2 at the LSAC Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.
    The award recognizes the Courts in the Community program, a project in which the Law School partnered with the Hawai’i Judiciary History Center and the Hawai’i Supreme Court. Law students provided background sessions for students at the Mililani and Farrington High Schools. An actual Supreme Court session took place at Farrington High and it was followed by questions high school students asked the lawyers and the Justices. The students then had lunch with the Justices and their law clerks.
  • The Great Courtyard Renovation began this week. Overseen by Denise Antolini and Dale Lee, its most dramatic element involves demolishing the large concrete planter next to the Moot Court Room and replacing it with an attractive gathering place for the Law School community. The renovation will continue through June 22 with accompanying noise between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned but cover your ears!

    Dale Lee and Denise Antolini
  • The Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law,  presented 'Elele Pono with speakers S. James Anaya and Moana Jackson, two of the world's leading experts on the rights of indiginous peoples. 'Elele Pono was co-sponsored by the Gladys 'Ainoa Brandt Chair in Pacific Studies and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.
    Keith Johnston and Ka Huli Ao's digital archive were featured in "Hawai‘i's Legal history at your fingertips" in the June issue of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs newspaper Ka Wai Ola.
  • Next Tuesday, June 12, the Law School again will host the annual Hawaiʻi Access to Justice Conference with the theme this year of "Expanding Access to Justice in Challenging Economic Times." Martha Minow, dean of the Harvard Law School and vice president of the Legal Services Corporation, will be the keynote speaker.
    The all-day conference is co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission, the Hawai‘i Justice Foundation, the Law School, and the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. Registration information is here and agenda/workshop details are here.
  • Hawaii Business magazine's May issue featured the Law School and mentioned Jackie Erickson '77 in "Should a Hawaii High School Graduate Go to a Local or Mainland College?".
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison has been elected to be a three-year term as an At-Large Delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni Assembly. Elisabeth is a 2003 graduate of the Yale Law School. 
  • Members of the Law School ohana celebrated the first birthday of Gabriel Kalau'oliwaakealoha Soares, son of Princess Soares and her husband Brandon, on Saturday, May 19. The event included pony rides and face painting.

    Princess Soares and Gabriel Kalau'oliwaakealoha Soares

    Noryn Lau, David Callies, Laurie Callies, and Kelly-Ann Hernandez

    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison and Wilma Go 


  • Here are more photographs from the Law School 2012 graduation ceremony.








  • The Office of Hawaiian Affairs June issue of Ka Wai Ola featured Elwen Freitas '12, Tyler Gomes '12, Mike Howell '12, Kauilehuamelemele Ka'uhane 12, Kaleo Nacapoy '12, Robyn Pfahl '12, Adam Roversi 12, Nikki Thomas 12, and Mari Tsukayama '12  in "9 students earn Native Hawaiian Law Certificate."
  • The May WSRSLAA Newsletter is now available online.
  • Natalie Banach passed the California bar exam.
  • Pacific Business News featured Michael Dahlig '06, Mei Fei Kuo '99, Scott Miyasato '01, and Elijah Yip '99 in "PBN Forty Under 40 Class of 2012," on May 18. Jennifer Hee, who served as the Law School’s Development Director for several years, was also on the list. Jennifer is currently the executive director of the Arthritis Foundation Hawai‘i Branch.
  • Adrianne Heely was featured in "New 2nd Circuit District Family Court judge sworn in," in The Maui Weekly on May 24.
  • William F. Ledoux passed the Hawai‘i bar exam. (We regret that we left William off the list that appeared in Ke Kula Kānāwai on May 18.)
  • Evan Silberstein '09 is teaching a seven week Summer Yoga series at the Law School. Classes are 1:00-2:15 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays until July 11 in Classroom 5 (no class on July 4). Come for one class or the series. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. The focus will be on breath, movement, concentration and relaxation. Payment is by donation whether it be in money, mangoes or another method of appreciation. No experience or registration is required.
    Evan is a certified instructor in the Integrative Amrit Method (I AM) at the 200 and 500 hour levels, a certified Yoga Nidra facilitator, and is a licensed massage therapist.
  • The U.S. Navy Judge Advocate's General (JAG) Corps recently selected Kazumi Takahara '10 as the 2011 Senior Civilian of the Year. In recent corresponence with the Law School, Kazumi wrote: "Everything I have learned at the Law School is helping me do and enjoy my job. I miss my school life in Hawai‘i very much."