September 28, 2012


  • Tai-Ung Baik and Vicki Szymczak have joined the UH Mānoa Faculty Senate this semester. Former senators Williamson Chang and Mark Levin are both on sabbatical this semester.
  • West Publishing Company recently published the 2012-2013 Edition of David L. Callies and A. Dan Tarlock's Land Use & Environmental Law Review.
  • On Friday, October 12, Danielle Conway will give the Inaugural Michael J. Marks Lecture on "Small Business and Collateral Policies in Government Procurement," at 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. A limited number of tickets are available for a Wahine Volleyball game following the lecture as part of the UHM Homecoming week.
  • Among awardees last Friday at the Hawai’i State Bar Association annual meeting were Justice James E. Duffy Jr. (ret.), who received the Frederick Schutte Award for  “exceptional contributions to the legal profession” and Calvin Young ’82, who received the ‘Ikena Award for his outstanding service to the legal profession through legal education.
  • A 2009 article about "Japan’s New Citizen Judges: How Secrecy Imperils Judicial Reform," co-authored by Mark Levin and Virginia Tice '09 has been recommended to Japan's Lay Judge System Review Commission.
    Commission member and Kokugakuin University Professor Satoru Shinomiya noted that the article fit his concerns about the Lay Judge System's strict secrecy rules. Professor Shinomiya plans to recommend the article to the entire Commission. Visiting Scholar Masaki Enomoto translated the article into Japanese.
  • Mari Matsuda was the keynote speaker yesterday at a symposium on "Hate and Political Discourse" at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.  Mari spoke about, “Is Peacemaking Un-American? On Violence and Ideology.”
  • On September 21, Randall Roth spoke about “Irrevocable Trust Agreements,” as a co-author of the new Wills & Trusts Forms Manual.  Later that day, Randy served as moderator for four panels in a Mandatory Continuing Public Education (MCPE) program entitled, “How Good Lawyers Avoid Ethical Dilemmas and Malpractice Nightmares," at the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Annual Convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
  • Several faculty members, students, and alumni attended a signing ceremony between the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and Shanghai Bar Association on September 21 at the home of Richard Turbin and Rae St. Chu. Na Lan '09 ably interpreted for the gathering.

    Left to center: Members of the Shanghai Bar Association. Right to center: Mangmang Brown '98, Carol Mon Lee, Ronald Brown, Rex Fujichaku '98, Na Lan '09, Doug Chin '95, Tim Partelow '14, Justice Sabrina McKenna '82, and Larry Foster '81. Avi Soifer also attended the ceremony.


  • Hansford Chock has joined the Law School as Director of Financial Aid. Hansford was most recently with the UH Financial Aid Office and prior to that worked for 10 years at the Bank of Hawai‘i in mortgage and student loan servicing.
    Hansford's office is Room 116, his e-mail is, and his phone number is 956-5502.

    Hansford Chock
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison will participate in a panel discussion about the law school admissions process at the largest Law School Admissions Council Forum for prospective law students in New York City, NY on October 13.
  • The Environmental Law Program will present its first colloquium of the school year on Monday, October 1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. Celeste Hammond, Professor and Director of the Center for Real Estate Law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago will discuss the development of Green Leases to reflect the goals of both commercial landlords and tenants in supporting sustainability. Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 12:20 p.m.
  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will host Maoli Thursday on October 4 with Pamela Bunn '95, of counsel at Alston, Hunt, Floyd and Ing, and Isaac Moriwake '98 of Earthjustice. Pamela and Isaac will discuss "Kalani Na Wai ‘Eha: Restoring Maui's Four Great Waters." The lunchtime forum will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Courtroom.
  • More than 50 prospective students attended a series of Pre-Law School events co-hosted by the Law School and the UH Manoa Pre-Law Advising Center, directed by Dr. Ruth Bingham on September 18. Charles Cryan '15, Mike Dunford '15, Eric Irwin '15, Lauren Kurashige '15, Stephanie Lee '15, Ryan Little '15, Miyoko Pettit '15, John Reiss '15, Ben Sill '15, Phillip Tumbaga '15, Rodney Withall '15, and Joanna Zeigler '15 led prospective students on tours of the Law School and Library, coordinated by Sommerset Wong '14. Following the tours, Marisa Blancarte '13 and Elisabeth Steele Hutchison discussed the Law School admissions process.
    On September 19, Liam Skilling '07 provided an introduction to the LSAT during a session organized by Ashley Fukutomi '14 and Jeremy Patton '13.
    On September 20, Puananionaona Thoene '13, Tyler Hee '14, and Andrew Pettit '14 discussed their law school experiences as part of a panel of current students moderated by Ikaika Rawlins '14.

    Left to right: Ikaika Rawlins '14, Puananionaona Thoene '13, Tyler Hee '14, and Andrew Pettit '14 discuss what it is like to go to the Law School

    Marisa Blancarte '13 explains the law school admissions process
  • The Law School will hold an admissions information session for the Part-Time Evening Program on Thursday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Classroom 1.
  • The Law School has a new exchange program with Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. The program will allow Hawai‘i students to spend a semester in Japan studying law in English. It also will bring students from Japan to Hawai‘i next spring for an intensive two-week workshop in American law.
    See "Japan-Hawai‘i Law Partnership Expands UH Law School’s Outreach," also "University of Hawaii's Law School Develops Exchange Program With Law School In Tokyo," in The Republic on September 25, and "Hawaii, Tokyo Law Schools Start Exchange Program," at


  • Michelle Moorhead '13 is the first recipient of the Hartley & McGehee Excellence in Family Law Award. The scholarship -- established by Hartley & McGehee this year -- will be awarded annually to a Law School student who demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to Family Law. Scholarship donors Steven Hartley '96 and Elsa McGehee '97 honored Michelle at the Law School's 2012 Mahalo Reception held at the O'ahu Country Club on September 14. 

    Elsa McGehee '97, Michelle Moorehead '13, and Steven Hartley '96
  • Kevin Richardson '14 has joined the Environmental Law Program as a Research Associate. David Forman wrote: "Kevin joins Onaoana Thoene '13, Teri Wright '13, and Shae Kamaka‘ala '14 in providing valuable service to ELP throughout the year. Their individual and collective efforts are greatly appreciated."
  • Part-time student Keoni Wilhelm and Dave Johnson from were featured on the Dj Nocturna and Lana Saldania radio show on KTUH on September 15. Keoni and Dave talked about the origins of Hawaiian heirloom jewelry and the challenges of Hawaiian translations for engraving.
  • The Client Counseling Team selected Eliza Browning '14 and Nara Sitachitta '14 as its newest members. They join Adair Fincher '13 and Dave Yarber '13 who are returning from last year’s team. Calvin Pang '85 wrote: "The substantive focus of this year’s competition is Employment Law. The team will travel to Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles next February for a regional competition. Congratulations to Eliza and Nara and thanks to the many students who showed an interest in joining the team." Angela Lovitt '97, Laurie Tochiki '80, and Calvin Pang '85 will co-coach this year’s team.
  • The Environmental Law Program is pleased to announce that Nicole Mahina Tuteur '14 and Kylie Wager '14 have been selected to join Tiara Maumau '13 on this year’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Team. The 25th annual competition will be held in White Plains, NY, from February 21-23. 
  • On October 2, the Part-Time Evening Division will host "Practical Lessons Learned." Former Hawai’i Supreme Court Justice (ret.) James Duffy and Dale Lee will discuss the ethical and professional challenges for attorneys. Justice Duffy will share Top Ten lessons learned from his practice and his time on the Bench. Dale also will discuss the Law School externship program. The event will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Classroom 2.


  • Coti-Lynne Haia '07 will represent the Law School at the Education Fair as part of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Annual Convention on October 16 in Washington, DC.
  • Maile M. Hirota of Hirota & Associates wrote to the Law School community: "It is with great sadness that I inform you all of the sudden passing of Victor Nevada '05 He was a member of HAILA and an associate with my office through the end of 2011. Victor was only 44.  He died on September 11 (HI time) of a sudden massive heart attack while visiting his mother in the Philippines.
    His family will hold a memorial Mass in his memory at Holy Trinity Church on Kalanianaole Highway near Niu Valley on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 am. Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m.  Lunch will follow the Mass at the Harbor Village Restaurant in Koko Marina."
  • Eric Piesner ‘92 was appointed Managing Partner for Asia by the firm of Morrison Foerster. See "Morrison & Foerster Names Three New Firm Co-Chairs." on September 20 at