August 17, 2012


  • Malia Akutagawa '97 was featured in "Kaua‘i impact noted in Senate climate change report" published in The Garden Island on July 31.
  • Hazel Beh addressed the inaugural meeting of the Hawaii Healthcare Project: ACA/PHCA Reconciliation Committee on August 18.
  • The latest edition of "Development by Agreement" co-authored by David Callies, Julie Tappendorf '97, and Cecily Talbert Barclay was published earlier this month by the American Bar Association (ABA).
    David also participated in a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on tax increment financing at the recent ABA annual meeting in Chicago and he was a participant on panels about development agreements, hydraulic fracking, and vested rights at the recently concluded annual ALI Land Use Institute, also in Chicago.
    David's letter, "Land-use rules prod desire for relief," appeared in the The Honolulu Star-Avertiser yesterday (log-in required).
  • The Law School's second joint conference with Sydney Law School titled "Commercial Law Reform in Asia," took place in Sydney, Australia on August 3-4.
    Tae-Ung Baik spoke about "Corporate Social Responsibility and Economic Democracy in South Korea," Charles Booth made a presentation on "Responding to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis: Increasing Harmonisation in Insolvency Law but not in Insolvency Infrastructures in China, Japan and Hong Kong," and Carole Petersen gave a talk on "Preventing Human Trafficking in the Asia-Pacific: From the Palermo Protocol to the Corporate Boardroom."
    Alison Conner played a major role in organizing the conference, but was unable to attend.
  • The East-West Center and EWC Alumni Association will honor Lyn Flanigan '81 and Lawrence Foster '81 among six outstanding alumni and two alumni chapters being recognized for their exceptional accomplishments and service at the EWC/EWCA International Conference in Beijing to be held in September at Peking University.
    Lyn, a former executive director of the Hawaii State Bar Association, is receiving the award for her years of service as President and Board Member (2004-2012) of the EWCA Executive Board. Lyn also co-chaired the EWCA 50th Anniversary Conference in 2010 and served on the EWC Board of Governors (1992 – 2001) when she greatly strengthened EWC alumni relations.
    Larry is receiving the award for his service as president of the East-West Center Alumni Association; as an Ex-Officio member of East-West Center Board of Governors; and as member of the Planning Committee for the EWC Association’s Biennial Alumni Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
  • At the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting in Boston in July, Vicki Szymczak moderated a standing-room-only panel on "The New Generation of Legal Research Databases." Vicki invited legal research vendors -- LexisNexis, West, Bloomberg -- to attend and answer questions from a highly esteemed panel of law librarians about their online databases. Anurag Achayra, the creator of Google Scholar, was in attendance at the session.
    Roberta Woods also attended AALL and made a presentation on iThoughtsHD, a new iPad application for mind mapping at Cool Tools Cafe.
  • The Law School extends a warm welcome to Visiting Professors Guoji Qin and Huaiyong Wang.
    Professor Qin from Shenyang Institute of Engineering, Liaoning, China will conduct research in Hawai‘i until October 31. His areas of interest are Comparative Law, Legal Philosophy, and a comparison of legal education in the U.S. and China.
    Professor Wang, a Postdoctoral Fellow from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China, will conduct research for a year on a grant from the China Scholarship Council. His fields of interest include comparative economic law, comparative politics, competition law, and the rural credit system in China.
    Professors Qin and Wang will be based in the Visiting Scholar/Adjunct office, which now overlooks the Law School parking lot.

    Guoji Qin

    Huaiyong Wang
  • Avi Soifer was named as a member of the Hawaii Healthcare Project: ACA/PHCA Reconciliation Committee. Avi also spoke about "Recent Supreme Court Decisions" at Kahala Nui on August 9.


  • The Law School and the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice will present a Symposium on Public Policy Implications of Poverty Trends to be held next Thursday, August 23 at the Law School.
    Guest speakers are Marion Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), and Peter Edelman, a law professor at Georgetown University, who specializes in poverty law and constitutional law. Professor Edelman also is the co-director of the Center of Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at the University.
    Avi Soifer will moderate the free symposium; additional panelists include Calvin Pang and Victor Geminiani. Discussion will focus on the local and national trends that have resulted in our current high levels of poverty among children and low-income families. Lunch will be included.
    On Friday, August 24, Breakfast with Peter Edelman will take place from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in Fuller Hall at the Laniakea YWCA, 1040 Richards Street in Honolulu.
    Professor Edelman will discuss some main themes in his recently published book, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” Admission is $25.
    Reservations for either or both events may be made here or by emailing or by calling 587-7605. If you wish to attend the symposium only, you may also call 956-8478.
  • During the fall semseter, Le Crepe, which operates the crepe/coffee cart in front of the Law School, will be open Monday to Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and on Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Law School's Jurists-in-Residence program was mentioned in "Honorable Myron H. Bright - 212 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award - Eighth Circuit," published on on July 31.
  • Piyada Nonzee has joined the Law School as Director of Professional Development and Associate Director of Admissions.

    Piyada Nonzee
  • Congratulations to Melissa Skillings and her husband Derek who welcomed their new daughter Persephone at 4:54 p.m. on August 11. Persephone is 8 lbs 6.9 ozs and 20 inches long. Persephone and her parents are doing well.

    Persephone Skillings 


  • The Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (APLPJ) 2012-2013 Editorial Team proudly presents its Staff Editors:
    Stephanie Deweese '14, Janelle Etelagi '14, Garrett Halydier '14, Adam Mackie '13, Christiaan Mitchell '14, Timothy Partelow '14, Scott Prange '13, Ikaika Rawlins '14, Nara Sitachitta '14, Andrew Strand '14, Randall Wat'13, and Kevin White '14
    The APLPJ 2012-2013 Executive Board and Senior Editors include:
    Co-Editors-in-Chief - Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13 and Adair Fincher '13
    Supervising Editor - Shannon Sinton '13
    Managing Editor - Ashley Uyeno '13
    Executive Articles Editor - Bradley Sova '13
    Executive comments Editor - Nicole Torres '13
    Senior Editors - Christilei Hessler '13, Bianca Isaki '13, and Kylie Wager '14
  • The University of Hawaiʻi Law Review 2012-2013 Editorial Board congratulates and welcomes the following Staff Writers to the Law Review:
    Matthew A. Cohen '14, Tiffany N. Dare '14, Sarah M. Foronda '14, Ashley R. Fukutomi '14, Daylin-Rose H. Gibson '14, Jessica M. Gima '14, Sasha Hamada '13, Casey G. Jones '14, Andrew Y.C. Lee, '14, Tomas G. Owen '14, Leigh M. Okimoto '14, Andrew M. Pettit '14, Ewan C. Rayner '14, Ronald Rodriguez '14, Chynna L. Stone '14, Trisha H.S. Tamaru '14, Mahina Tuteur '14, Sommerset K. Wong '14, and Toby J. Yamashiro '14
    The UH Law Review's 2012-2013 Editorial Board includes:
    Co-Editors-in-Chief Onaona Thoene '13 and Wayne Wagner '13
    Executive Editor Andrea Ushijima '13
    Managing Editors Andrea Maglasang '13 and Jordyn Toba '13
    Technical Editors Cheryl Fraine '13, Caycie Gusman '13, Jennifer Porter'13, and Brian Tongg '13
    Outside Articles Editors Jennifer Foor '13, Catherine Hall '13, and Sam King '13
    Casenote Editors Annie Okazaki '13, Doug Raphael '13, and Jamie Young '13
    Comments Editors Mele Coleman '13, Noah Phillips '13, and Kanoelani Pu‘uohau '14
  • The Law School welcomed 13 students and one Visiting International Professional (VIP) to the LLM Program. The LLM Class of 2013 represents Algeria, Iran, Japan, Palau, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland and Vietnam. 

The LLM class of 2013: Top row, left to right: Brendlynn Yousefzadeh, Lilla Feldmann, Abdullah Alsahli, Seyed Amin Alemohammad, Miho Nagamatsu, Pham Phong, Mohammad Abomalha, Bader Alomair, Jaeho Hwang, June Dela Cruz
Below, left to right: Masato Koarai (VIP), Rosana Pfaffhauser, Kahina Ounadi, Alison Conner, Faisal Alhussaini, and Spencer Kimura '96

Avi Soifer and Alison Conner welcome the new LLMs

LLMs take a walk around campus: Left to right, front row, Kahina Ounadi and Amin Alemohammad; second row, Faisal Alhussaini and Abdullah Alsahli; third row, Phong Pham, Masato Koarai, and Bader Alomair; fourth row, June Dela Cruz, Rosana Pfaffhauser, and Lilla Feldmann 

  • In a busy Orientation Week of events that began with a family picnic last Saturday on the Bachman Hall lawn, the Law School welcomed a new class of 86 full-time students; 16 part-time students; four transfer students; one joint degree student, and 13 international LL.M. students.
    On Wednesday, the group spent a packed day in downtown Honolulu where the focus was on professionalism, the importance of pro bono work, the expectations and traits of a “Richardson Lawyer,” and the importance of balancing Law School with family.
    They heard talks by Levi Ho‘okano ’06, and Allen K. Hoe ’76. Students Kainui Smith ’13, Sommerset Wong ’14, and Justine Herrera ’13, also spoke about their pro bono experiences.
    After a buffet lunch at the Plaza Club sponsored by Starn, O’Toole, Marcus & Fisher, the group visited the U.S. District Courthouse where Judges David Ezra, and Michael D. Wilson with attorneys David A. Nakashima '77 of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Patsy K. Saiki '92 of First American Title, and Lisa Munger of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel formed a panel to continue the discussion on professional ethics.
    The day continued with a visit to the Supreme Court and its Library followed by a tour of the Judicial History Center. Students also met Hawai‘i State Bar Association President-Elect Craig Wagnild of Bays Lung Rose & Holma.
    Hawai’i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald spoke to the entering class and administered the Student Pledge and the students got to meet all the Supreme Court Justices.
    Denise Antolini, Dale Lee, and Cynthia Quinn ‘88 took the lead in planning and organizing the day with a great deal of help from the entire staff.
    Photographs of the Orientation Picnic may be viewed here and photographs from Downtown Day may be viewed here.

    Susie Roth entertains a young fan at the Orientation Picnic

    Lilla Feldmann '13 Rosana Pfaffhauser '13, Patrick (a guest of Rosana), Wen Shen Gao '12

    Seated left to right, Piyada Nonzee, Lyn Flanigan '81, and Roberta Woods; standing
    , Vicki Szymczak and Tae-Ung Baik

    At the Judiciary History Center, Ali'iolani Hale, on South King Street


    The Student Pledge


    Judges David Ezra, left, and Michael D. Wilson


  • Natalie G. Banach '11 has joined Yamamoto & Settle as an associate attorney. Natalie will practice in the areas of energy, real estate and corporate law.
  • Simeon L. Vance '08  has joined the Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm in their Reno office as an associate and member of the Corporate Transactions, Securities & Tax Department.