November 9, 2012


  • John Barkai presented "Tips On Teaching ADR Skills" at a public forum sponsored by the Hawai‘i Judiciary's Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution on November 29. He discussed training strategies and tools that promote effective understanding of mediation and other ADR skills.
  • On October 23, Kamana Beamer co-presented a paper with Dr. Peter Vitousek on "Science, Culture and Agriculture: Understanding the past to inform the future" at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. The lecture was part of the First Nations Futures program, an indigenous leadership development partnership and international alliance between Stanford University, the Kamehameha Schools, the Ngai Tahu iwi of New Zealand, and the Sea Alaska Corporation.
  • On October 25, Charles Booth served as Co-Chair and Moderator for "International Insolvencies: Tools for Cross-Border Cooperation and Avenues for Cross-Border Relief" at the American Bar Association's Business Bankruptcy Committee Fall Meeting, in San Diego.
    On October 30, Charles spoke about "Responding to The European Financial Crisis: Lessons from Asia – The Need to Develop Insolvency Infrastructures," at SNR Denton in London.
    The same week and also in London, he co-presented the Evaluation of the European Bank Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) Legal Transition Programme 2001-2010 – Final Report.
  • David Callies was featured in a November 3rd article "Legal Expert Examines Rail Lawsuit Judgment,"on
  • Randall Roth spoke about professional ethics in Professor Vincent Shin’s Business Ethics class at the Shidler College of Business on October 22. Yesterday, Randy offered “Practical Tips for All Wealth Transfer Advisors on Avoiding the Major Sources of Disputes and Litigation” at the 2012 Hawai‘i Tax Institute and on Sunday, Randy will talk about "Getting Along — Island Style" at Hawai‘i’s Thousand Friends Annual Awards Dinner.


  • On Wednesday, Former Governor George Ariyoshi spoke about "Hawai‘i's Past and Present" as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series.

    Governor (ret.) George Ariyoshi

    From left: Lyn Flanigan '81, Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82. Governor (ret.) George Ariyoshi, Tae-Ung Baik, and Avi Soifer

    From left: Carrie Ogami Fuller, Ronald Brown, Former First Lady of Hawai
    i Jean Ariyoshi, Governor (ret.) George Ariyoshi, Avi Soifer, Mark Levin, Tae-Ung Baik, and Alison Conner
  • Professor Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr. of Stanford Law School will present "In All Fairness and Justice" as part of the Distinguished Gifford Lectureship in Real Property series sponsored by Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher on November 15. The talk is at 4:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, followed by a reception.
    Professor Thompson is the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law and the Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
    The lectureship was established nine years ago by the Gifford Foundation to honor David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, and prominent Big Island attorney Jerry M. Hiatt '77, for their outstanding work in the field of real property law. Each year the lectureship brings a prominent speaker in the forefront of property law to Hawai‘i to share innovative scholarship. Please RSVP here.


  • Last Saturday, Doug Cole '10 and Blake McElheney '99 invited a group of law students to volunteer at the North Shore Community Land Trust Benefit for the Country event to raise money to help the community continue its efforts to preserve country lands by putting conservation easements on lands suitable for development. The students included: Rosanne Brady '15, Zach DiIonno '13, Kimi Ide-Foster '14, Shae Kamaka‘ala '14, Alese Lesser '15, and Dorothy Meisner '14.
    Zach wrote: "We had a really great time serving as bartenders, food servers, and eye candy for the patrons. Over 500 people attended the event and musical performances included John Cruz, Paula Fuga, Cyril Pahinui, and Jack Johnson. Also in attendance were Bill Richardson and Lea Hong '91."

    Volunteers at the North Shore Community Land Trust Benefit included Kimi Ide-Foster '14 (second from left) and Dorothy Meisner '14 (third from left)

    Zach DiIonno '13 (third from right) and Shae Kamaka‘ala '14 (second from right)
  • The Law School Ambassadors gathered for dinner at Elisabeth Steele Hutchison's home on November 4. The Ambassadors, led by Sommerset Wong '14, volunteer to welcome prospective and entering law students to the Law School. Carrie Ogami Fuller, Piyada A. Nonzee, and student assistant Alayna Jardin joined the group for an evening of board games and homemade lasagne. Ambassadors in attendance included Leon Davenport '14, Erik Irwin '15, Cecily Kaya '15, Lauren Kurashige '15, Stephanie Lee '15, Pohai Nu'uhiwa '15, Miyoko Pettit '15, John Reiss '15, Sarah Sheffield '15, Rodney Withall '15, and Joanna Zeigler '15.

    Front Row, from left: Leon Davenport '14, Piyada A. Nonzee, Pohai Nu'uhiwa '15, Carrie Ogami Fuller, Cecily Kaya '15, and Joanna Zeigler '15
    Middle Row, from left:  John Reiss '15, Erik Irwin '15, Rodney Withall '15, Mikoyo Pettit '15, Sarah Sheffield '15, and Stephanie Lee '15
    Back Row: Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Alayna Jardin, and Sommerset Wong '14

    From left: Piyada A. Nonzee, Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Leon Davenport '14, Carrie Ogami Fuller, and Alayna Jardin
  • The National Wagner Labor Moot Court Competition Team has selected Lauren Tomatani '13, Eve Yeung '13, and Valerie Dionne '14 to compete against nearly 50 other law schools in the spring. Team Advisor Ron Brown said: "The candidates this year are so outstanding that we could have entered at least two exceptional teams."


  • Keith Amemiya '91 has been appointed Senior Vice President of Island Holdings. See "Island Holdings Appoints Keith Amemiya as Senior Vice President," published in the Hawaii Reporter on November 1.
  • In the 2012 General Election on Tuesday, Kirk Caldwell '84 was elected Mayor of Honolulu City and County and Billy Kenoi '96 was reelected as Mayor of Hawai‘i County. Representative Colleen Hanabusa '77 was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives. More results will be published in the next Ke Kula Kānāwai.
  • Melissa M. Uhl '12 has joined the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm as an associate. Melissa will focus on commercial litigation, real property litigation and transactions, and environmental law.
  • The Hawai‘i State Bar Swearing In Ceremony for recent bar exam passers was held on Monday at the Blaisdell Center, Pikake Room.