April 5, 2013


  • Mari J. Matsuda '80 will be honored at the 2013 Asian Pacific American Law Journal Symposium, "Only We Can Free Ourselves: Reflections on the Works of Mari Matsuda," which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow at UCLA School of Law.
    Three panels will discuss significant themes in Mari's scholarship including "Looking to the Bottom," "Multiple Consciousness," and "Social Justice." Panelists will include Sefa Aina, Laura Gomez, Neil Gotanda, Jerry Kang, Janine Kim, Charles Lawrence, Margaret Montoya, Jyoti Nanda, Natsu Taylor Saito, Julie Su, and Marshall Wong.
    Mari will give her keynote address at the close of the symposium, to be followed by a reception and a performance by Filipino American emcee, Bambu.
    The symposium is co-sponsored by UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board, Critical Race Studies Program, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, Japanese American Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association - Southern California.

    Mari J. Matsuda


  • Denise Antolini was a keynote speaker at the Western States Bar Association annual conference held on Kauaʻi, March 20-23. Denise spoke about "The Future of the Planet: How the Law and Lawyers Will Help to Shape That Future." Attendees from Hawaiʻi at the WSBA conference also included Levi Hookano '06, Patricia Mau-Shimizu, Rae St. Chu, Richard Turbin, Hawaiʻi State Bar Association President Craig Wagnild, and President-Elect Calvin Young.
  • On March 8, Charles Booth spoke about "Responding to the Asian Financial Crisis: Developing Effective Insolvency Infrastructures in Hong Kong and Japan," at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. The following week, Charles spoke on the same topic at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade.
  • Kamana Beamer has been nominated to serve on the Commission of Water Resource Management (CWRM). Kamana's 4-year term, subject to state Senate confirmation, is effective July 1. See Governor Announces Nominees To Land Board, Water Commission in Hawaii 24/7 on Saturday.
  • Diane A. Desierto will join the Law School as an Assistant Professor, beginning August 1. Avi Soifer wrote: "Diane holds LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School and she received her LLB from the University of the Philippines cum laude, where she was chairman of the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal and class salutatorian. Diane also received a number of academic honors and prizes at both Yale and the University of the Philippines. Her main teaching interests are in International Law, International Business Transactions, and Human Rights Law. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzen, China.
    Diane has published extensively and been awarded fellowships at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany and the University of Michigan Law School. She also clerked for Judges Brunno Simma and Bernardo Sepulveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Please join me in warmly welcoming Diane to Hawai'i and to the William S. Richardson School of Law."

    Diane Desierto
  • Larry Foster '81 was featured in an article, The U.S.-China Legal Network Announces New Member, Delegation To Visit Three Major Asian Business Centers, in the Fort Mill Times on March 28.
  • The Law School welcomes Professor Hirofumi Ito from Aichi University Faculty of Law in Japan. Professor Ito will be conducting research as a Visiting Scholar for one year. He will study the use of Information Technology in legal practice and education in the U.S. with the aim of developing IT proposals for Japan. At Aichi Law School, Professor Ito teaches courses in Anglo-American Law, Information Ethics and Cyber Law and he has published many articles on using technology in education. He will use the Visitors/Adjunct Room 256.

    Hirofumi Ito
  • On March 20, attorneys who had been personally involved in the Bishop Estate controversy in the late 1990s joined the Professional Responsibility class taught by Ken Lawson and Randall Roth. Hugh Jones was the deputy attorney general specifically assigned to the controversy. Colbert Matsumoto and Robert Richards served as court-appointed masters.
    On Tuesday, Randy made a presentation for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers, Hawaiʻi Chapter, on laws and ethical rules that apply to financial planners and insurance agents.

    From left: Robert Richards, Colbert Matsumoto, Hugh Jones, and Randall Roth
  • Melody Mackenzie '76 will receive a 2013 Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 30.
  • Calvin Pang '85 is to be the recipient of this year's UH Mānoa's Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 30.
  • Carole Petersen provided training for law professors at a Symposium on Human Rights Teaching Methods that took place in Chengdu, China from March 6-8. As part of her presentation on interactive teaching, Carole showed a video taken during the Constitutional Law II course taught by Avi Soifer. The symposium was sponsored by Sichuan University Law School, the Danish Institute of Human Rights, the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
    Carole also delivered separate lectures on the impact of human rights education in Hong Kong and the role of international law in promoting equal rights for Hong Kong's LGBT community. 


  • The Hawaiʻi Innocence Project will present its first event on wrongful convictions and DNA evidence on Monday, April 8 at noon in the Moot Courtroom. The event will focus on the case of Amanda Knox, the American-born college student who was convicted, exonerated, and is now being retried for murder in Italy.
    Speakers will include Seattle Judge Michael Heavey, who was involved in Amanda Knox's case, and HIP participant Sommerset Wong '13, who has researched DNA exonerations and the effects of wrongful convictions in the context of serial killings. Virginia E. Hench, Director of the Hawaiʻi Innocence Project, will moderate.
    Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to hipdirection@gmail.com by today.
  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted Maoli Thursday yesterday. Maxine Burkett, Chip Fletcher, Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; and Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Associate Professor at the Center for Pacific Island Studies discussed "Climate Change and Pacific Peoples: Impacts on Cultures, Resources, and Justice." Kapua Sproat '98 moderated.
  • On March 15, Avi Soifer and Carrie Ogami Fuller hosted a "Meet the Dean" event at the Hilo Yacht Club. The luncheon discussion, which Gerry Hasegawa helped to organize, drew a large crowd of alumni and members of the East Hawaiʻi Bar Association.

    Avi Soifer

    Above and below: Avi Soifer with alumni and members of the East Hawaiʻi Bar Association





  • Eve Yeung '13 is the recipient of the Spirit of Alison K. Adams Award and is featured with Wayne Wagner '13 in a video, "Diversity: Independently Together" as part of the UH Mānoa Scholarship Celebration 2013 at uhfoundation.org.

  • The Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal has announced its 2013-2014 Executive Editorial Board and Senior Editors.
    Co-Editors-in-Chief: Ikaika Rawlins '14 and Stephanie Deweese '14
    Executive Editor: Christiaan Mitchell '14
    Executive Publications Editors: Janelle Etelagi '14 and Garrett Halydier '14
    Senior Editors: Nara Sitachitta '14 and Tim Partelow '14
  • The AG-IP News Agency featured the Richardson Law School Intellectual Property Moot Court Team as the winner of its 22nd Annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.
    Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13, Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13, Avery Matro '13, and Nikki Yamauchi '14 won the Best Oralist Team and the Best Overall Team Awards in the National Finals at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. on March 16. The team, coached and advised by Sayoko Blodgett-Ford, Danielle Conway, and Martin Loui competed against 86 other teams from across the country, including ones from Georgetown University Law Center, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. See "University of Hawaii Wins 2012-2013 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition."
    The Team's success was also reported in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 29. See "UH Law School Wins National Competition" and in Ka Leo, University of Hawaiʻi Confirmed As Overall Winner Of Moot Court Competition, on April 1.

    From left: Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13, Avery Matro '13, Nikki Yamauchi '14, and Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13

  • The Law School's Space Law Moot Court Team: R.J. Brown, Samantha Chan, and Kimi Ide Foste advanced to the quarter finals of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition for North America, on March 22 at Georgetown University School of Law in Washington D.C. Coached and advised by Vicki Szymczak, the team defeated the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Davis in the preliminary rounds.


  • Amber (Williams) Bougie '97 has been appointed Chief Deputy County Recorder for Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis and surrounding communities). Amber assumes responsibilities over public records, especially those dealing with real estate in Minnesota’s most populous county.  
  • Founders and participants of the Ete Bowl will receive the President's Award at the Hawaiʻi Women Lawyers Annual Awards Dinner this evening. The award honors these many women for their promotion of camaraderie, support, and networking among women attorneys in Hawai‘i. See "UH Law School’s ‘Ete Bowl’ Honored with Hawai‘i Women Lawyers President’s Award."
    Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82 who is a former Ete Bowl quarterback was interviewed today on Hawaiʻi Public Radio's "The Conversation" about the Ete Bowl and the President's Award in a segment, "Legal Ladies Showing The Flag On The Gridiron."
    Hawaiʻi Senator Maile Shimabukuro '00 will receive the 2013 Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award for her introduction and passage of significant legislation to assist victims of childhood sexual abuse.
    The event at the Plaza Club will open at 5:15 p.m. with the awards ceremony starting at 6:00 p.m. See www.hawaiiwomenlawyers.wildapricot.org for details and tickets.

    The Ete Bowl 2011


  • An entry in last week's Ke Kula Kānāwai regarding House Bill 405 was incorrectly worded. It should have read:
    At the Legislature, House Bill 405 -- drafted by Ashley Uyeno '13 and Nicole Torres '13 -- passed the House and is now SB 529 SD1. Most recently, it passed the Committee on Human Services. The bill would authorize family courts to prohibit custody and visitation, and terminate parental rights of a person with regard to a minor child conceived through a sexual assault by the perpetrator.
    The bill is intended to provide survivors of sexual assault further protections and to ensure that a convicted sex offender will not continue to victimize a survivor.