April 19, 2013


  • Denise Antolini, David Callies, and Robert Harris '02 were featured in an article, "Why Big Development Is So Difficult In Hawaii," in the April issue of Hawaii Business.
  • Tae-Ung Baik will participate in a panel about "The Politics of North Korea," at 4:30 p.m. today at the Center for Korean Studies. The free talk is open to the public.
    On Friday, April 26, Tae-Ung with the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies program and the Korean Legislation and Research Institute will host a one-day conference on "Legal Transplants and Receptions: The Implications for Korean Law" in the Moot Courtroom. Participants will include Tae-Ung Baik, Ronald Brown, Alison Conner, Mark Levin, Keiko Okuhara, Carole Petersen, and Avi Soifer. The free conference is open to the public.
  • During the week of April 8, Lawrence Foster ’81 made several presentations in China on legal and political barriers to foreign investment in the U.S. and on professional responsibility. Larry was joined by four Hawaiʻi lawyers who talked about immigration, minimizing individual and corporate tax in the U.S., real estate, and financing. The sponsoring organizations included the Shanghai Bar Association, the Suzhou Bar Association, the Huangpu Judicial District, and PRC Lawyers and well over 200 Chinese lawyers attended. Larry also travelled to the neighboring city of Wujin to talk with Chinese government officials about investing in the U.S. 
    The week before, Larry and his wife Brenda Foster, president of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the Hawaiʻi International Forum of the Pacific Forum-Center for International & Strategic Studies (CSIS) about the business climate in China.

    Larry Foster (second left)
  • The Law School welcomes Professor Shugo Hotta from Meiji University School of Law who will be participating in the Visiting Scholar Program until March 31, 2015.
    Professor Hotta earned a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and was a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada. He has published papers in a number of areas, including forensic linguistics, law and psychology, lay participation in criminal courts, mediation, legal education, expert evidence, and trademarks. Professor Hotta is here with his wife and two sons. His office will be in the Visitors/Adjunct Room #256.

    Shugo Hotta
  • On April 6, Mari J. Matsuda '80 was honored at the 2013 Asian Pacific American Law Journal Symposium, "Only We Can Free Ourselves: Reflections on the Works of Mari Matsuda," at UCLA School of Law.
    Symposium photographs may be viewed at richschmittphotography.com/matsuda/.

    Charles Lawrence and Mari J. Matsuda '80
  • On April 8 and 10, Steve Hartley '96 gave a guest lecture to the Family Law class taught by Calvin Pang '85.  Steve and his associate Amanda Jenssen '11 discussed the evolution of property division law in Hawai'i divorce cases.

    Steve Hartley '96

  • On April 3, Randall Roth was interviewed on the ʻOlelo Community Television's "News Behind the News," about a recent Hawaiʻi Tax Court case in which online travel companies received a $230-million bill for back taxes, interest, and penalties. He also spoke about the status of the on-going rail litigation in state and federal courts.
    On Friday, Randy, James Duffy, and Kenneth Lawson made presentations to 19 judicial clerks on professionalism and quality of life at the Federal District Courthouse judges’ conference room. Judge Leslie Kobayashi '83 arranged the program.


  • On April 9, the Elder Law Program hosted a public talk on end-of-life issues by visiting Professor George Smith from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington. D.C.
    Professor Smith's lecture, “Give Me Liberty … or at Least Give Me a Good Death,” covered ethics, decision-making, and technical and emotional issues surrounding the end of life. Following the talk, Dr. Daniel Fischberg from the Queen’s Medical Center, William Hunt of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm, and Scott Makuakane '83 offered legal, medical, and patient perspectives. James Pietsch moderated.
  • This week the Law School hosted two of its most popular traditions: On Tuesday, dedicated faculty and staff led by Calvin Pang '85, Ramona Hussey '89, and Liam Skilling '07 served dinner to the Evening Division students at the annual Noodle Night.
    On Thursday, an enthusiastic crew of faculty and staff served stew and rice to students at the annual Stew Day.
    Cyndi Quinn '88 wrote: "To everyone, thank you so much for showing up and showing big! The students had a great time and were indeed honored that we celebrated them in such a wonderful and big way. Thank you to all the volunteer dessert makers/purchasers from the staff, administration, and faculty (Dana Lum made four desserts). Dale Lee, Spencer Kimura '96, and the IT guys helped set up and break down. Ramona Hussey '89 and her crew organized the boards with the hero stories, and the students shared dozens of stories recognizing their classmates; the list goes on and on. It truly took a village and the villagers showed up phenomenally. A special thank you to Calvin Pang '85 for keeping the tradition alive and well." 

    Noodle Night crew

    Courtyard in twilight


  • La Alianza President Valerie B. Dionne '14 recently represented the Law School as the Pacific Regional Director of NLLSA National Latina/o Law Student Association (NLLSA) in New Mexico and explored sites for the upcoming NLLSA National Conference.
    Valerie reported: "The Executive Board was elated to tour the New Mexico Supreme Court Chambers led by Chief Justice Petra Maes and to receive a personal tour of the State Capitol Roundhouse by Legislative Council Service Director Raúl E. Burciaga. The Board also was invited to the 18th Annual 'Fighting for Justice' banquet where New Mexico’s legal community joined together to honor Senator Jeff Bingaman and Anne Bingaman.
    Special Thanks to New Mexico's Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA) for their heart-warming hospitality and for hosting this year’s NLLSA Conference!"

    New Mexico Chief Justice Petra Maes and Valerie Dionne '14

    The NLLSA Executive Board with Chief Justice Petra Maes

    Legislative Council Service Director Raúl E. Burciaga and Valerie B. Dionne '14 at the Roundhouse


  • Lance D. Collins '04 presented a paper, "Ma Lalo o Ka Malu:
    Conflict, Contradiction, and Customary Law in Native Hawai'i" as part of the "Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights" panel at the Philippine Political Science Association's 2013 annual conference held at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Batac City, Philippines, April 11-12.
  • On April 5, the Hawaiʻi Women Lawyers Foundation presented the founders and participants of the Ete Bowl with the President's Award at the annual Awards Dinner. The glass shell award honored the women "In recognition of leadership in support of our community, the advancement of women, and equality of all people." See "UH Law School’s ‘Ete Bowl’ Honored with Hawai‘i Women Lawyers President’s Award."

    Hawaiʻi Women Lawyers President's Award

    From left: HWL President Nalani Fujimori Kaina, Dani Ho '79, and Judge Riki May Amano '79

    From left: Avi Soifer with Etes Miyoko Pettit '15, Kimi Ide-Foster '14 , and Christilei Hessler '13

    Ete Bowl participants