April 26, 2013


  •  On Wednesday, Avi Soifer wrote to the Law School community: "We are very pleased to share the news that last night the key Legislative conference committee voted in favor of the Law School's request for construction funding to build the new Community Legal Outreach Center (CLOC).
    At last night's Budget Conference, we received approval for our request for $3.5 million in GO funds, and also approval for a specific authorization to use $3.5 million in revenue bonds. This happy result is particularly noteworthy in a year in which many worthy UH building projects were not funded.
    Although there are still a few more steps (the funds still must be approved by the full Legislature and released by the Governor), we are quite optimistic that -- finally -- our much-needed building project really will happen.
    We have started the design phase of the project and we are actively working with campus facilities planners and with architects from Group 70 (based on funding for design voted by last year's Legislative session).  When construction funds are released, as we expect they will be, we hope to be ready to move smoothly toward breaking ground.  We will keep you updated on progress and plans.
    We are very grateful to all of you and to our many additional partners in this effort, particularly our friends and alumni in the Legislature.
    Special thanks are due to:
    - Senators David Ige and Michelle Kidani (chiar and vice-chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee
    - Representatives Sylvia Luke '95 and Scott Nishimoto '02 (chair and vice-chair, House Finance Committee)
    - Gary Slovin and Mihoko Ito, Ashford & Wriston (who provided pro bono government relations services)
    - The UH Board of Regents and President M.R.C.Greenwood, Chancellor Tom Apple, Vice Chancellor Reed Dasenbrock, and Associate Vice Chancellor Vassilis Syrmos
    - Group 70 Architects Charles Kaneshiro and Kimberly Polkinhorn
    - Phil Russell GMR LLC (project advisor)


  • David Callies participated in a panel on community development agreements as part of the Bettman Law Symposium at the annual conference of the American Planning Association in Chicago on April 16. Julie Tappendorf '97, a partner in the Ancel Glink law firm in Chicago, also participated.
  • On Friday, David Forman '93, Melody K. MacKenzie '76, and Kapua Sproat '98 gave a two-hour training to the 'Aha Moku Advisory Committee of the Department of Land & Natural Resources. The training focused on the public land trust, traditional and customary rights, and water issues. The 'Aha Moku Advisory Committee was established in 2012 to ensure the integration of indigenous resource management practices into DLNR's management of trust resources. DLNR Director William Aila, Deputy Directors Esther Kia'aina and William Tam, and many DLNR staff attended the training, as well as community members.
  • On April 19, Lawrence Foster ’81 invited four international business lawyers from China, Japan, the Philippines, and the U.S. to meet with law students at Kyunghee University in Seoul, Korea. The lawyers talked with the students about pursuing careers in international business law. Larry was attending the 23rd annual meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in Seoul. He is the chair of the organization’s Legal Development and Training Committee. Over 1,300 business lawyers from around the world attended the meeting. Also in attendance were Steven Howard '98 (Singapore), Ryan Dwyer '96 (Tokyo), and Douglas Codiga '94, along with a number of Hawaiʻi lawyers who are active in the organization.
    Larry's wife, Brenda Lei Foster, president of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce, addressed the lawyers in the meeting’s opening plenary as part of a panel of four CEOs talking about business trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Larry Foster '81 (back row, second right)
  • You can view the photo gallery by Spencer Kimura '96 of the celebration of the Law School's 2012-2013 Moot Court teams held on Tuesday.

    The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, from left: Ewan Rayner '14, Andrew Strand '14, Sam King '13, Maile Miller '14, and Tom Villalon '13
  • Melody Mackenzie '76 has been selected to receive the 2013 Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Orvis Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Calvin Pang '85 has been selected to receive the Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Orvis Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m.
  • On Friday, Avi Soifer moderated a panel on "The Future of Legal Education" as part of the U.S. District Court Annual Conference.
    The panelists were: Annette E. Clark, newly named as dean of Seattle University School of Law; Paul Alston of Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing; and Federal District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright.


  • With the help of many friends, the Law School is planning a memorial/celebration for Frank Boas at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 15, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
    Avi Soifer wrote: "Frank was an exceptionally involved and creative citizen as well as being a very generous philanthropist. He quietly did many things to improve our community and to build international bridges. The Law School is taking the lead in partnership with several organizations in remembering and celebrating Frank's life. For more information and to RSVP, please see  www.law.hawaii.edu/RememberingFrankBoas

    Frank Boas 

  • Professor Franz Guenthner from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany gave a talk yesterday about the development and applications of "intelligent search." He also demonstrated how the Virtual Tribunal project he is working on with David Cohen enables online users to access video and transcripts of ongoing or recent war crimes trials such as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. Professor Guenthner is a consultant for Oracle, eBay, Hewlett Packard, and Samsung and is one of the world’s leading researchers and authorities in advanced search technologies based on linguistic models.
  • On Wednesday, May 1, Professor Liav Orgad will give a talk about the "Cultural Defense of Nations: Immigration and National Identity." Professor Orgad is a Fulbright post-doctural student at NYU Law School and an assistant professor of law at the IDC Herzliya, Israel. His fields of research are immigration law, minorities, and multiculturalism. The free talk is open to the public and will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Classroom 3.

    Liav Orgad

  • A bake sale held at the Law School on Tuesday raised $477 for the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Kristi Shiraki and Dana Lum thank Phi Delta Phi and everyone who supported the sale. The Foodbank Drive ends today. If you intend to donate food items or monetary donations, please drop them off to Kristi in Room 218. As of Wednesday, monetary donations are $1,592 and 536 lbs. of food.
  • On Wednesday, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted "Kaʻukaʻulele: Leap With Joy," a celebration of Ka Huli Ao scholarship. The event  featured faculty articles and book chapters and made available Native Hawaiian Law Primers on "Water," "Traditional and Customary Rights," "Iwi Kupuna," and "Quiet Title and Partition Law."
    The event launched Ka Huli Ao's new periodic publication, ʻOhia, which features papers written by Ka Huli Ao Research Fellows on the topics of Native court systems, Native Hawaiians and international law, economic development, and preservation of ancestral land.
  • On Wednesday, the Manoa Pre-Law Association hosted a panel discussion of female attorneys at the Law Library. Panelists included Colonel Pamela M. Harms, Of Counsel, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing; Fawn Jade Koopman '12, law clerk, community organizer, and a women’s rights activist; and Lecturer in Law Jennifer Solidum Rose, Gender Equity Specialist at UH Mānoa. The women discussed their law school experiences and their legal careers.

    From left, facing: Pamela M. Harms, Jennifer Solidum Rose, Fawn Jade Koopman '12, and MPLA President Jennifer Shiiba

  • The spring staff appreciation lunch on Wednesday hosted by Denise Antolini, Cyndi Quinn '88, and Avi Soifer featured delicious gourmet food, games, camaraderie, and much appreciation from all who attended.

    Three Musketeers: Denise Antolini, Avi Soifer, and Cyndi Quinn '88

    Kelly-Ann Hernandez, Dana Lum, and Kristi Shiraki

  • Puppy petting as a way to reduce stress returned to the Law School Courtyard on Wednesday featuring dogs from Tails of Aloha, and Hawaii FiDo, as well as pooches belonging to Dale Lee, Lyn Flanigan '81, Victoria Symczak, Roberta Woods, and Toshi Hussey-Oshiro.