October 19, 2012


  • The Law Faculty will celebrate three faculty publications tonight at the Pacific Club:
    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)
    See "Law Authors Honored for Groundbreaking Works" and "Law Faculty Members To Be Honored For Authoring Groundbreaking Books," in the Hawaii Reporter on October 17.


  • On Monday, October 22, Justin Levinson will present "Death By Implicit Racial Bias: An Empirical Study of Jury-Eligible Citizens in Six Death Penalty States" as part of the Works-In-Progress Series from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 254. A light lunch will be served.
  • Former Visiting Professor Eric Roose of the Morrison and Foerster law firm in Tokyo is among the lead attorneys representing Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank in its $20.1 billion acquisition of USA-based Sprint Nextel Communications. See "MoFo, Skadden Lead on $20 Billion SoftBank-Sprint Deal," published in the Summer 2012 Asian Lawyer magazine.
  • On October 9, Randall Roth spoke about “Civic Engagement in an Island Community” to a political science class at Hawai‘i Pacific University and he was interviewed on KHVH Radio two days later about the status of the federal rail lawsuit. On October 16, he gave a talk about "Legal Ethics in the United States" to the LLM students.
    Today, Randy will give the keynote address at The Outdoor Circle's Annual Meeting and tomorrow he will lead a session on “Law in Hawai‘i,” as part of the Teach For America Hawai‘i Event at Kamehameha Schools.
  • Avi Soifer is chairing the University Librarian Search Advisory Committee. See "University of Hawaii Executive Job Search Begins" at khon2.com.
  • On Oct. 2, Kapua Sproat ʻ98 spoke about the water rights of beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement's 11th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.
  • Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice Eric K. Yamamoto was featured in an article, "Social Healing through Justice: With new professorship, UH's Eric Yamamoto carries on Korematsu's ideals," in the Fall 2012 edition of UH magazine.

    Eric K. Yamamoto


  • Valerie B. Dionne '14 represented the Law School at the 2012 National Latino/a Law Students Association (NLLSA) conference at UCLA on October 4-6. More than 300 law students from schools around the country met to discuss education, advocacy and social justice issues facing Latinos today. Valerie was elected the Pacific Regional Director of La Alianza Law Student Association (encompassing all law schools in California and Hawai‘i).

    Left to right: Civil Rights Advocate Dolores Huerta and Valerie Dionne '14

    Valerie Dionne '14, center, and Pacific Region Members of La Alianza
  • On September 27, Advocates of Public Interest Law (APIL) held a teach-in and celebration of the life and work of Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice Edward H. Nakamura. The biography "I Respectfully Dissent," by Tom Coffman inspired the symposium. Panelists included Tom Coffman, Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge Daniel Foley, labor law attorney Lowell Chun-Hoon, Kaua‘i Council Member Nadine Nakamura '94, and Eric Yamamoto. Five of Justice Nakamura's former law clerks as well as his widow Martha Nakamura attended and Ronald D. Rodriguez '14 moderated. At the symposium, the Leni Marin Scholarship was presented to Sharde Freitas '14.


  • On October 9, J. Ryan Dwyer '96 and Robert Melson from the K&L Gates law firm in Tokyo spoke about "Practicing Law in a Global Law Firm in Japan" as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series.

J. Ryan Dwyer and Kelly Suzuka

Left to right: Tim Partelow '14, Mark Levin, Robert Melson, J. Ryan Dwyer '96, David Callies, Tae-Ung Baik, and Kevin White '14

Left to right: Robert Melsom, J. Ryan Dwyer, Ronald Brown, and Kelly Suzuka

  • Susan Hippensteele '01, professor of Women's Studies and strategic planning coordinator for the chancellor at UH Mānoa, is featured in the cover story "Four Decades After The Feminist Revolution, Why Are There So Few Women At The Top Of Big Companies Across America and Hawaii?" in the October issue of Hawaii Business.
  • Sachi (Kitada) Nakamaya '05 and her husband Masaya Nakayama welcomed a baby girl, Kana, on August 13. 

    Kana Nakayama
  • Last Saturday, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) honored Dina Shek '06 with one of its 2012 Distinguished Service Awards. Dina, co-founder and director of the University of Hawai‘i Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, received the award for her public service including her work with the Micronesian community. In accepting the award Dina spoke of the great injustice being done to Micronesians in this country. "The U.S. has resisted paying even a fraction of what is owed to them," she said. Dina also spoke about their loss of medical benefits in 2010 because of a change in rules by the state, an action which was eventually overturned in court. But before that occurred, Micronesians died, she said.
    In introducing Dina at JACL's Annual General Membership Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Richardson's Eric Yamamoto who holds the Fred T. Korematsu Professorship of Law and Social Justice, recalled that Dina became "a prominent scholar advocate during law school" and continued her work after graduation. He noted that she worked with Family Court before creating the Medical-Legal Partnership. Eric's remarks and Dina's acceptance are here.

    Dina Shek '06, center, and Members of the Medical-Legal Partnership Team from Kokua Kalihi Valley Community Health Center

    Dina Shek '06 and Joakim "JoJo" Peter