November 2, 2012


  • Last Friday, UH Chancellor Tom Apple visited the Law School and attended a faculty meeting where he met faculty and staff members.

    Tom Apple and Avi Soifer

    Tom Apple
  • Tae-Ung Baik, Eric Yamamoto, and Professor Ko Hangchoon of Jeju University will present a public talk on "Social Healing Through Justice: The Mass Killing of Korea Jeju Islanders during U.S. Peacetime Occupation" on Wednesday, November 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center, 2454 South Beretania Street.
  • Last month, John Barkai gave a presentation on "Strategic Negotiation: Conflict, Communication, and Culture" to the Advanced Security Cooperation Class at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense academic institute in Waikiki. Military and foreign policy experts from 39 countries attended the program.
  • Sherry Broder and the late Jon Van Dyke were featured in an article, "Imelda, ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Ordered To Pay $354M Fine," published in Civil Beat on October 26.
  • On October 25, Danielle Conway presented "Native Hawaiian Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement" as part of the Intellectual Property Management-2012 Series at Kapiolani Community College. Danielle will teach Intellectual Property Strategies: Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property Rights in the Spring 2013 semester.
  • Visiting Professor Fran Miller recently was named Faculty Lead for a new Scholars in Residence program of the Network for Public Health Law and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program places legal scholars within public health agencies for six months to assist in solving a specific public health issue.
  • On Tuesday, Professor Christina Romer from UC-Berkeley gave the Daniel K. and Maggie Inouye Chair lecture on "What's At Stake? Economics and the Presidential Election." Dr. Romer was the chair of the Council of Economics Advisers, a cabinet-level appointment, at the beginning of the Obama presidency and she is a columnist for the New York Times.
    Prior to the lecture Dr. Romer met with a small group of Law School and graduate students in a private session.

    From left: Christiaan Mitchell '14, Noah Phillips '13, Andrew Itsuno '15, Zach DiIonno '13, Dr. Christina Romer, Sommerset Wong '14, Lisa Yang '14, Ashley Fujii '14, Calli Chinen '14, and Justine Herrera '14


  • Former Governor George Aryoshi will speak about "Hawai‘i's Past and Present" on Wednesday, November 7 as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series. The talk begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Court Room. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here.
  • On October 26, the Admissions Office hosted a well-attended JD information session for the Evening/Part-Time JD program. Liam Skilling '07 and Elisabeth Steele Hutchison introduced prospective students to the Law School and to the admissions process. Ramona Hussey '89 and Piyada Nonzee were on hand to answer questions. Current part-time students Henri-Lee Stalk and Matthew Cohen discussed the advantages and challenges of studying law in the evening program.
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison was quoted in an October 26 blog post, "Integrity, Ethics and 5 Things to Think About When Reporting Data," by Abigail Fitzgerald, founder and president of Yellow Arrows, a consulting firm that advises higher education administrators about using data to inform their decisions. 
  • Former Governor and Native Hawaiian Roll Commissioner-At-Large and Chair John D. Waihee III and O‘ahu Commissioner and Vice-Chair Na‘alehu Anthony discussed "Unrelinquished Sovereignty?: The Roll Commission - Kana‘iolowalu," yesterday at Maoli Thursday hosted by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.
  • Last Saturday, Piyada A. Nonzee, Stacy Takekawa '12, and Brent Wilson '14 spoke to students interested in applying to law school as part of "Pathway to Graduate School," a seminar hosted by the Honors Student Organization (UHAA) and Kaplan Test Prep. Over 100 prospective applicants attended the seminar, which included breakout sessions to specifically discuss law, business, and medical school.
  • The Law School was ranked 7th of 27 Law Schools on the Diversity Honor Roll in  the "Most Diverse Law Schools" article in the November 2012 edition of The National Jurist.
  • The Law School is seeking an Associate Dean of Student Services. Applicants may submit a cover letter and resume with contact information (including e-mail address) and at least three professional references to James Pietsch, Professor of Law and Search Committee Chair, at Electronic submissions are preferred.


  • The Students with Keiki annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular took place on Wednesday at the Law School. Students, faculty and staff, and their children, grandchildren and other family members joined in the fun. Several dozen trick-or-treaters were guided through the faculty and administrative offices winding up at the Law Library for snacks, games, and a spooky story time.

    The Spooks

    The Nu‘uhiwa Family

    Tae-Ung Baik, Kristie Shiraki, Avi Soifer, and Marnelli Basilio

    Piyada Nonzee, Cyndi Quinn, Dale Lee, and Carrie Fuller

    Half of M&M

    Dale Lee and The Friendly Duckling
  • Winners of the Law Library's "Tricks Before Treats," a Halloween Law Contest are: Stacy Baba '14, Mele Coleman '12, Janelle Etegali '14, Morgan Evans '14, Dana Harada '15, Cecily Kaya '15, Lauren Kurashige '15, Andrea Maglasang '13, Heather Murphy (part-time student), Janelle Ohtani '14, Jeanie Sohn '15, Karen Vance '15, and Toby Yamashiro '14. Each of the Lucky 13 won a Starbucks Gift Card drawn from the Caveat Spiritus cauldron by Vicki Szymczak.
  • On Sunday, a group of LLM students climbed Diamond Head in the traditional annual hike with Spencer Kimura '96, and Avi Soifer. The hike was followed by lunch at Zippy's restaurant.

    From left: Abdullah Alsahli '13, Phong Pham '13, Kahina Ounadi '13, Brendlynn Yousefzadeh '13, Rosana Pfaffhauser '13, June Dela Cruz '13, Miho Nagamatsu '13, Masato Koarai '13, Avi Soifer, and Spencer Kimura '96


  • Lance D. Collins '04 presented a paper on "Demystifying Philippine Statutory Law: Thoughts on Democratic Lawmaking in the Twenty-First Century" as part of the Law and Society panel at the Ninth Quadrennial International Conference on Philippine Studies held at Michigan State University from October 27-30. Lance also participated in a conference roundtable discussion on "Philippine Studies: State of the Art Internationally."
  • Tania Simyar '04 joined the Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson law firm as an Associate in the Real Estate Department. Fried Frank is an international law firm with headquarters in New York City. Tania previously worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP also based in New York City.