July 27, 2012


  • Malia Akutagawa '97 was invited by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to testify at an Oversight Hearing on Impacts of Environmental Changes on Treaty Rights, Traditional Lifestyles, and Tribal Homelands. Her testimony at the hearing on Thursday in Washington D.C. may be viewed here.
    The hearing begins at around 35 minutes and the panel that Malia is on starts at around 82 minutes with Malia's testimony at 114 minutes. Malia is also questioned by Sen. Daniel Akaka later in the hearing.
  • In April, Charles Booth helped draft a report and appendices evaluating the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Legal Transition Programme 2001-2010 for the Bank’s Board of Directors. He also gave a talk on Personal Insolvency Law as part of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Diploma Course on Insolvency.
    In May, Charles was a member of the Drafting Group heading up the World Bank Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force Working Group on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons.
    Also in May, Charles served as chair and commentator at the Academics Colloquium, International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) in Miami, Fla.
    In June he attended the International Insolvency Institute Conference in Paris, France.
    Charles has also been chosen to participate in the 2012-2013 University of Hawai‘i at Manoa-Peking University Exchange Program.
  • Sherry Broder completed and recently published two scholarly works that she began with Jon Van Dyke.
    They are a chapter, "The Urgency of Reducing Air Pollution from Global Shipping" in The Regulation of International Shipping: International and Comparative Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Edgar Gold, edited by Aldo Chircop, et al, (Martinus/Nijhoff, 2012) and "Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas; Protecting the Marine Environment in the Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones" in 40 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 472 (2012), Perspectives on International Law in an Era of Change, Festshrift in Honor of Professor Ved Nanda, 40th Anniversary of the Denver Journal of International Law and its Founder, Professor Ved P. Nanda.
  • Maxine Burkett and Jim Pietsch were officially made tenured faculty members of the Law School effective July 1.
  • An essay by David Callies, "It All Began In Hawai‘i," appeared at 45 John Marshall L. Rev. (2012) as part of an issue highlighting the 40th Anniversary of The Quiet Revolution in Zoning and Land Use Regulation.
  • Williamson Chang just published his article, "Judicial Taking: Robinson v. Aryoshi Revisited," at 21 Widener L. J. 655.
  • On July 20, Alison Connor and Jae-Hyup Lee led an International Seminar on Law and Film in the Law Library. Topics included "'Hey Boo!': To Kill a Mockingbird," "Korean Judiciary as Reflected in Korean Legal Films," and "Trials and Judges in Early Chinese Movies."
    Presenters and commentators also included: Andrew Arno, Department of Anthropology; Marlene Booth, Academy of Creative Media; Seio Nakajima, Department of Sociology; Philipp Osten, Keio University, Japan; Edward J. Schultz, Dean, School of Pacific and Asian Studies; Avi Soifer, and Yang Xiaohu, Chongqing University School of Law. Hye-Ryeon Lee, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities chaired the first session and Jisuk Woo, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Korea chaired the second session.
  • Danielle Conway gave a talk about "State and Local Government Procurement: A Modern View," at the 10th Annual Department of Defense Hawai‘i Small Business Forum on July 12 at the Honolulu Country Club.
    Danielle also talked about Procurement in an interview broadcast on Guam's Pacific News Center radio.
    Danielle will teach an Intellectual Property Management Course at Kapiolani Community College this fall. The IP course outline is here and course instructor profiles are here.
  • David Forman '93, Sergio Alcubilla ’13, and Leslie Patacsil Chinn ’05 recently met for lunch with Conchita Carpio Morales, who was appointed to a seven-year term as Ombudsman following her retirement last year as an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court last year.
    Among its responsibilities, the Office of the Ombudsman investigates complaints of graft and corruption against public officers or employees in the Philippines.

    Sergio Alcubilla '13, Leslie Patacsil '05, Conchita Carpio Morales, and David Forman '93
  • Larry Foster '81 and his wife Brenda attended the U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum held in Shanghai from May 25 to 27. There they met Leo Peng '94 who heads the Beijing law office of the Seattle law firm Garvey Schubert Barer.
    Larry gave a presentation on legal developments in China to a People-To-People Rule of Law delegation from the U.S. He also joined a small group of U.S. lawyers resident in China who met with three Court of Appeals judges from the D.C. Circuit to talk about the enforcement of intellectual property rights enforcement in China.
    Larry also gave a talk on "Effective Legal Writing," at Beijing's Foreign Studies University and joined Law School alumni at dinners in Shanghai and in Beijing.

    Larry Foster '81, Brenda Foster, and Leo Peng '94

    In Shanghai, left to right: Steve Zhu '93, Jonathan You, Amy Ye '08, Tao Lifeng '11, and Larry Foster '81. Present but missing from the photo were John Thomas '92 and Elizabeth Chien-Hale '94

    In Beijing, left to right: Wang Zhi-Yong '07, Che Hu '03, Bradley Sova '13, Kai Wang' 99, Robert Sherman '06, Larry Foster '81, and Russell Leu.
  • The Kansas Star published a commentary by Virginia Hench on "How Innocent People Land in Prison" on June 12.
  • Greg Kim, Natalie Banach '11,  and Catherine Taschner '11 -- co-founders of Business Law Corps -- are being featured throughout July on Oceanic Channel 16's program "Career Changers." Brent Kakesako '12 also appears and the program may be viewed online.
  • On June 16, Mark Levin presented his research on instrumental judicial administration in the Japanese courts to the Legal Theory Workshop of Hokkaido University's Faculty of Law in Sapporo, Japan. This was the first presentation of the work in an entirely Japanese language setting.
  • Justin Levinson has been promoted to full professor at the Law School effective August 1. An article co-authored by Justin, "Implicit Bias in the Courtroom," appeared at 59 UCLA L. Rev. 1124.
    On June 14, a book that Justin co-edited with Robert J. Smith, "Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law" was the subject of a conference at Harvard Law School. Video of the conference, which features Justin, Danielle Conway, Linda Krieger, Charles Lawrence, Susan Serrano, and Eric Yamamoto may be viewed here.
  • The Honolulu Weekly quoted Melody MacKenzie '76 in an article, "Buried Truth," on June 27
  • Richard W. Pollack will be sworn in as an associate justice on Monday, August 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hawai‘i Supreme Court courtroom., 417 South King Street.
  • Randall Roth was mentioned in an article, "Sitkoff Elected to Council of the American Law Institute," in Harvard Law School News.


  • On June 12, the Law School again hosted the Hawaiʻi Access to Justice Conference. The topic was "Justice in Jeopardy" and a record number of people attended. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow who is the Vice Chairperson of Legal Services Corporation, gave the keynote speech. The conference featured lively break-out sessions, workshops, and a session with Representative Marcus Oshiro and Senators Clayton Hee and David Ige discussing the Hawai‘i legislature. Conference photographs may be viewed here

    Access to Justice: Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison participated in a panel, "Hot Topics in Law School Admissions," at the 2012 National Prelaw Advisors Conference on June 14 in Washington, D.C.
    Hot topics included legal careers and law school transparency; how students choose among law schools; the influence of the social media in the admissions process; and recent changes in the merit scholarship process.
  • Sherry Broder graciously hosted the Law School's annual staff retreat at her house atop Tantalus on June 15. Photographs may be viewed here.

    The Law School staff retreat

    Denise Antolini, Avi Soifer, Cyndi Quinn '88, Ramona Hussey '89, Princess Soares, and Liam Skilling '07
  • In mid-June, more than 25 Law School alumni and friends braved Typhoon Guchol's torrential winds and rain to welcome David Callies, Carrie Fuller, Spencer Kimura '96, Mark Levin, and Avi Soifer at the International House of Tokyo. The Law School's delegation traveled to Tokyo for a signing session inaugurating a new exchange relationship with Aoyama Gakuin University Faculty of Law and Law School. While there, the group visited friends and Law School alumni and were hosted by Moon-Kai Chai '90, Kenji Hashidate, Kaoru Kashiwagi (Hon.) '04, Miki Kurokawa '06, Taksuku Matsuo, Eric Piesner '92, and Micah Sadoyama '05.
    An exciting outcome of the trip is that John Donovan '08 and Tetsyua Oi '07 have agreed to help launch a "Richardson Law in Tokyo" group for networking and sharing Richardson aloha for years to come.

    Left to right: Mark Levin, Avi Soifer, Toshihiko Yamazaki, Setsuo Miyazawa, and David Callies

    Avi Soifer, Junichi Kikuchi, and Toshihiko Yamazaki

    David Callies, Avi Soifer, and Yasuhei Taniguchi

    Chie Hashimoto '06, Avi Soifer, and Koichi Fukushima '07

    Left to right: Kazuya Sawada, Teruo Saito, Keiichi Sato ’97, and Mark Levin

    Left to right: David Callies, Carrie Fuller, Mark Levin, Kaoru Kashiwagi ’04, Avi Soifer, Moon-Ki Chai '90, and Spencer Kimura '96

    Left to right: Miho Nagamatsu, Masato Koarai, Eiji Yamahara ’08, Tomoko Nakanishi ’07), Sachi (Kitada) Nakayama ’05, Chie Hashimoto ’06, Koichi Fukushima '07, Toshikazu Sakai ’05, and Tetsuya Oi '07 
  • On June 19, Bev Creamer welcomed her first grandchild, Brynn Kaileen Bartlett. Brynn was 17 inches long and weighed six pounds, six ounces. Grandparents, parents Erin and Curtis Bartlett, and Brynn all are doing well.
    Brynn Kaileen Bartlett
  • On June 21, the William S. Richardson Law School Alumni Association hosted a wine tasting and silent auction at Indigo restaurant which was attended by more than 150 alumni, staff, and friends. The event was preceded by the WSRLSA Annual Meeting and announcement of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors/Officers. They are:
    Officers: 1-year term
    President - Debra A. Lee ’82
    Vice President/President-elect - Jill L. Nunokawa ’88
    Treasurer - Tracey Lynn Kubota 09
    Recording Secretary – Ryan Marsil “Mars” Johnson ’08
    Corresponding Secretary - Erline "Sunny" Greer ’09
    Immediate Past President - Everett Hideo Ohta ‘09
    Directors – term ending July 1, 2013
    Dane Kristofer Anderson ‘10, Haunani Burns ‘80, Ming Jay Chi ’05, Summer Fergerstrom ‘11, Alexa D. M. Fujise ‘80, Stuart A. S. Kaneko ’77, Jennifer Lee ’11, Nam Hoang Phan ‘07

    Directors – term ending July 1, 2014
    Rosemary T. Fazio ‘78, Tyler Gomes ‘12, Jill Mariko Hasegawa '04, Lori Mieko Hiraoka ’04, Cynthia D. Quinn ’88, Jodie D. Roeca ’85, Mari Tsukayama ‘12, Jade F. Wong ‘10

    Newsletter Editor - Amy Brinker ‘11
    Social Media Director - Maria Carmichael ‘11 
  • The first of the 2012 Will Weinstein Conversation Series on Legal Ethics took place at the Law School on July 5. Panelists Sherry Broder, U.S. Court of Appeals staff attorney Megan Howard, and Avi Soifer led the discussion.
    The series continued at the Law School on July 10 with "The Ethics of Capitalism" before moving to the Shidler College of Business for the following sessions:
    July 17 - "Corporate Governance and Ethical Behavior in Both for-Profit and Not-For-Profit Charitable Organizations"
    July 19 - "Medical Ethics"
    July 24 - "Ethics in College Athletics (and How it Relates to Professional Sports)"
    August 7 -"Ethics in Education" featuring Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and Michelle Rhee, CEO and Founder, Students First will be held at the School of Architecture Auditorium, 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Registration at 5:30 p.m.

Will Weinstein and the Professional Ethics audience  

Avi Soifer, Megan Howard, and Sherry Broder  

  • On July 7, Richard Hildreth, Spencer Kimura ’96, and visiting law students Alana Arfi, Debbie Barbar, Chloe O’Brien, and Jessica O’Riley from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, hiked up Diamond Head Crater to enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Waikīkī, and the Ko‘olau mountains.

La Trobe law students, Spencer Kimura '96, and Richard Hildreth at Diamond Head State Monument


  • The Law School's Child Welfare Clinic was featured in "Unique Child Welfare Clinic making huge impact within Kalihi community,"on UH Mānoa's website.
  • Henri-Lee Stalk '14 and Daniel Padilla '14, working within the Health Law Policy Center, developed the law curriculum for a new certification course for court-appointed forensic examiners developed by Dr. Carol Tyler at the Hawai‘i Department of Adult Mental Health.
    On June 18 they presented their work to the inaugural class of forensic examiners.


  • Sarah Johnson Carter '06 passed the February New Jersey bar exam.
  • Moon-Ki Chai '90 co-authored a book directed towards business law practitioners in Japan. An informal translation of the title is: "English Language Contracts: A Collection of Examples."
  • The Honolulu Star-Advertiser published an op-ed by Leslie Cole-Brooks '10 on "Solar tax credit provides revenue benefits to everyone," on June 13 (log-in required).
  • The Hawai‘i Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America presented Sunny Greer '09 with the 2012 American History Award. The award recognizes scholarly research toward a better understanding of our country's past. Sunny's Ph.D. project focuses on Native Hawaiian traditional funerary practices and the impact of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in Hawai‘i.
  • On June 1, Levi Hookano '06, Marcus Landsberg '04, and colleagues at the Landsberg Law Office celebrated the law firm's successful first year in business. Party favors included cupcakes and ice cream donated by clients.

    Left to right: Ryan Hew, Marcus Landsberg '04, Eric Butler, Levi Ho‘okano '06, Russ Sumida and Rick Nakama. Seated at the piano is Aaron Landry
  • Gregory W. Kugle '95 of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert was appointed to the Board of Directors for Meritas, an international alliance of commercial law firms in 75 countries that provide clients with a local legal partner.
  • Linda Rose '84 of Rose Immigration Law Firm, Nashville, Tenn., was awarded the 2012 Service Excellence Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The award is given to a member who demonstrates outstanding service over a period of years and who advances the AILA mission for its members and the public.

    Linda Rose
  • Andrew Porter '12  was featured in an article "Porter receives law degree from UH" in The Scottsboro Daily Sentinel.

In Memorium

  • On July 17, Avi Soifer wrote to the Law School community: "I am very sorry to inform you that Professor Jerry Bentley, husband of Carol Mon Lee, died yesterday at their home in Manoa.
    Jerry began teaching world history at UH-Manoa in 1976 and he won teaching awards, launched the Journal of World History in 1990, and published and lectured widely. He was also an unusually generous, intelligent, and funny person and he was a real friend to many of us and to the Law School.
    There will be a memorial service in the fall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jerry H. Bentley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Hawai'i Foundation."
    Please see "Renowned historian was a UH professor," in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser on July 23 (log-in required).
  • Vicki Szymczak wrote this tribute to her father.
    "Stanley Joseph Szymczak was born on September 14, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and died on July 13, 2011 at 91 years. As a Depression era child, he entered the work force at the age of 12, working first as a mason and then, after WWII, as an electrician in New York City. Stanley was a decorated WWII veteran and he saw battle in Italy, disrupting the Nazi military transport through Brenner's Pass, and later fought in southern Italy before returning to his beloved Brooklyn and completing his high school education at night.
    In 1946, he married Stephanie nee Backowski, also of Brooklyn, and with her raised two daughters, Jennifer and Victoria Szymczak. Stanley loved dancing, playing with children, finding homes for stray animals, bingo, and good bakeries! Though he rarely left NY after WWII, he did build a second home for his family in rural southeastern Connecticut where they spent many happy summers and where he spent the last year of his life. He is survived by his wife Stephanie and their two children, Jennifer and Victoria, and his son-in-law Daniel DeHaas.
    Stephanie, Daniel, and Victoria, the Law Library Director at the WSR School of Law, reside in Hawaii Kai."