October 12, 2012


  • The Law School is ranked 1st in the nation as the Best Environment for Minority Students in the 2012-2013 Princeton Review that rates the country’s top 168 law schools. The Law School is also ranked 4th in the country for the Most Diverse Faculty. The Review notes that 42 percent of the Law School faculty are members of minority groups and 43 percent are women.
    Dean Avi Soifer said: “These rankings cannot capture the mutual support that accompanies the rigorous training we offer, but it is certainly great to be recognized for our welcoming environment and for our diversity, along with our innovative educational approach that was featured recently in another survey.”
    See "UH Law School Named One of Princeton Review’s ‘Best 168 Law Schools,’ Plus No. 1 for Minority Students" and "UH Law School Receives National Accolade" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 11 (log-in required).
  • The Law Faculty Book Reception will celebrate three faculty publications at the Pacific Club on Friday, October 19:
    Tae Ung-Baik - “Emerging Human Rights Systems in Asia” (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
    David L. Callies - “Development by Agreement” (with co-authors Cecily Talbert Barclay and Julie A. Tappendorf '97, American Bar Association, 2012)
    Justin D. Levinson - “Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law” (co-edited by Robert J. Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2012)


  • Charles Booth, Linda Hamilton Krieger, and Randy Roth have been named Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholars. Avi Soifer wrote: "With generous assistance from the Carlsmith Ball law firm, starting this month and continuing through the spring semester 2014, we will be able to support their scholarly accomplishments and further endeavors with supplemental funding for their research projects and research assistants."
  • David L. Callies received the 2012 Lambda Alpha International Member of the Year (LAI) Award. LAI is an international honorary society for the advancement of land economics with chapters in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, India and members-at-large in other parts of the world. LAI's mission is to bring practioners and scholars together to discuss, debate and help solve dilemmas involving use of our land resources.
  • Alison Conner attended the annual conference of the American Society of Comparative Law, which was held October 4-6 at the University of Iowa.  She has served as the secretary of the society since 2008.
  • Danielle Conway will give the Inaugural Michael J. Marks Lecture today at 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. In her lecture, “Small Business and Collateral Policies in Government Procurement," Danielle will scrutinize how governments use procurement policies, laws, and regulations focused on the acquisition of intellectual property, while balancing the constant pressure for open and fair competition.
  • Larry Foster '81 was a panelist at the Hawaii State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, "Doing Business With China" on October 4.
  • On October 2, Randall Roth spoke about “What are the Moral and Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the American Constitutional Democracy?” at the Department of Education's October Teacher Workshop.
  • The UC Hastings College of Law Magazine, Fall 2012 reported that Scott Morris and Nell Newton, both graduates of the class of 1976, gave $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund in memory of Jon M. Van Dyke, who taught at Hastings from 1971-1976 before coming to Hawai'i.
    Morris explained, "He helped me understand that if you want a society with a strong rule of law, you need intelligent, committed attorneys who are sufficiently broad-minded. Jon was all those things."


  • Ramona Hussey '89 has been appointed Assistant Director of the Evening/Part-Time Division.

    Ramona Hussey '89
  • A farewell party for Princess Soares was held last Friday. Princess will take up her new position as Office Manager for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH West Oahu on October 17. Her last day at the Law School will be October 16.

    Left to right: Gabriel Soares, Breanne DeMotta, and Princess Soares

    Left to right: Wilma Go, Gabriel Soares, and Princess Soares

    Left to right: Gabriel Soares, Princess Soares, and Avi Soifer
  • The Clean Energy and Climate Change Law and Policy Seminar will host Hermina Morita, chair of the state Public Utilities Commission and Jeffrey Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation, for a conversation on Monday, October 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m in Room 254. All are welcome.


  • Thirty students and guests from the Environmental Law classes taught by Denise Antolini (day and evening sections) volunteered for field service on October 7 at Waimea Valley on O‘ahu's North Shore. Denise wrote: "The class project involved working on a high ridge in the backcountry of this special ahupua'a, weeding around and watering native plants as part of a forest restoration project. Waimea Valley staff shared the rich cultural and botanical history of the valley, now protected public lands under the ownership of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, with the students on this five-hour service trip."

    Field Service Day at Waimea Valley
  • The Intellectual Property Moot Court team announced that it is proud to welcome and congratulate its new members Grady Owen '14, Timothy Partelow '14, Trisha Tamaru '14, and Nikki Yamauchi '15. The team thanked "the many outstanding candidates who tried out for the team this year, and who provided an extremely tight field of highly talented competition." Grady, Tim, Trisha, and Nikki join returning members Benjamin Creps '13, Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13, Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13, and Avery Matro '13.  The regional competition will take place in early February at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA.


  • On October 9, J. Ryan Dwyer III '76 and Robert E. Melson Jr. of  K&L Gates law firm in Tokyo gave a talk at the Law School as part of the Asia Law Talk series. Their "Dialogue on Practising Law in a Global Law Firm in Japan" also offered tips on what firms are looking for when hiring.
  • Midweek Kaua‘i featured incumbant County Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho '89 and her challenger Justin Kollar in an article, "Race Of The Year" on October 10.
  • Jamil Newirth '12 was featured in an article, "Social Encore: Rage4Jamil in Chinatown," in the Pulse section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 27.
  • "Seeds Of Hope" (Na Kupu Mana‘Olana), a sustainable agriculture documentary that Robyn L.K. Pfahl '12 worked on for three years with the Hawai'i Rural Development Council, will be screened at the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. and on Friday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Dole Cannery B. The 87-minute documentary has been nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award.
    Robyn wrote: "This is great news after a lot of hard work by the director Danny Miller and our all-volunteer nonprofit board of directors. Through my WSRSL externship and volunteering, this has been an amazing opportunity to work in movie production, manage contracts, and connect with our community through a project that will promote sustainable agricultural discussions and rural development. The film includes interviews with innovative farmers, educators, and community members including Stacey Sproat-Beck ('Ohana of Kapua Sproat '98), Walter Ritte, Robert Harris '02, Kamuela Enos, Dean Okimoto, Larry Jeft, Richard Ha, and many more!"