August 26, 2013

Special First Day Edition


  • Paul Alston, Corianne W. Lau '81, David A. Nakashima '77, and Sheryl L. Nicholson '81 were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.
  • An editorial by Tae-Ung Baik, "Is the Korean peninsula moving toward reunification?" appeared in The Hankyoreh on August 12.
  • On Friday, November 1, the American Judicature Society Hawaii Chapter will honor Judge (ret.) James S. Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the late Jon M. Van Dyke with the Herbert Harley Award for their contributions in protecting the integrity of the justice system in Hawaiʻi. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Waialae Country Club. See the invitation here. Please RSVP to: or to (808) 537-6100 by September 12.
  • Charles Booth co-authored an article, "Evaluating the EBRD’s Legal Transition Programme," in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's biannual publication, Law in Transition. The article reviews the Programme from 2001-2010.
    In June, Charles moderated a panel on "Creating Effective Global Informal Workout Guidelines for Multinational Corporations" at the 13th Annual International Insolvency Institute Conference held at Columbia Law School, NYC.
    Later that month, he gave an "An Overview of Corporate Reorganization in the United States" and spoke about "Corporate Insolvency in Asia: Developing Effective Insolvency Infrastructures in China, Japan & Hong Kong," at Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan.
    In July, Charles taught the first half of the Global Financial Crisis and Bankruptcy Course in the Duke University School of Law, Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law at the University of Hong Kong. On July 10, he spoke to the Yale Club of Hong Kong about "Responding to the Asian Financial Crisis: Developing Insolvency Infrastructures in the Region."
    Charles was recently reappointed vice chair of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL), Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. His term will run until June 30. He also will serve on the editorial board of Brill's Asian Law Series.
  • On July 3, David Callies spoke about recent national cases affecting land development in Hawaiʻi at a Land Use Research Foundation Forum.
    On July 17, David and Robert Thomas '87 participated in a national webinar sponsored by the American Planning Association examining the importance of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. About 1,000 people, mostly professional planners, "attended" at approximately 150 sites.
    David also participated in a joint American Bar Association Real Property Section and State and Local Government Section panel at the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco on August 8. The panel discussed the implications for land development following the Koontz decision.
    The Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District case extends earlier Supreme Court jurisprudence requiring a close connection between government conditions and land development approvals, whether land-based or monetary. The decision is generally regarded as a victory for private landowners at the expense of local and state governments.
    At the American Law Institute's annual land use conference in San Francisco, August 15-17, David participated as a faculty member on panels that discussed development agreements, federal law, hydraulic fracturing, and an overview of zoning for beginners. His authored/coauthored materials on fracking, zoning and development agreements were part of the book of materials made available to registrants. Julie Tappendorf '97 also participated as a faculty member and Amy Self '00 attended the conference.

    From left: David Callies, Gus Bauman, and Amy Boulris
  • Danielle Conway spoke about "Rethinking the Cloud: Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing," to the 106th American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference held in Seattle, WA. Danielle's talk covered international and national legislation governing data privacy, ethical standards and requirements for lawyers charged with protecting client data in the cloud, as well as best practices for negotiating with third-party cloud service providers.
    Danielle also was featured in an article, "Former PUC Chief Now Acting For Wind Project," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 11 (log-in required).
  • Lawrence Foster '81 moderated a panel discussion, "Don't be afraid to send your kid or CEO to China: Stories of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the People's Republic," hosted by ThinkTech Hawaii at the Plaza Club on August 22. Panelists included Derek Brow, Brenda Foster, Russell Leu, Judge (ret.) Shackley Raffetto, and Niki Shishido.
  • Ken Lawson was featured in an article, "Legal Precedent: Ken Lawson Shares His Story Of Drug Abuse And Despair As A Lesson To UH Law Students," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 4 (log-in required) and he was also quoted in "Prosecutors Aiming High In Christopher Deedy Murder Trial" at on August 14.
  • Justin Levinson was interviewed in a report, "Local Legal Expert Analyzes Obama Speech," on HawaiiNewsNow on July 20.
  • On July 19, the Culture and Jury Project (CAJP) and Seoul National University Law School hosted a mini-seminar on "Jury Systems in East Asia and the U.S." Following breakfast and a welcome by Avi Soifer, Justin Levinson chaired Session One in which Jae-Hyup Lee of SNU spoke about "Korean Jury System: Reflections from the 5-year Implementation." Judge Patrick Border, First Circuit of Hawaiʻi and Tae-Ung Baik were the discussants. Syugo Hotta of Meiji University, Japan then spoke about "Japanese Saiban-In" with discussants David Johnson, UH Department of Sociology and Hirofumi Ito, Aichi Law School, Japan.
    In Session Two, chaired by Jisuk Woo of SNU, Justin presented "Empirical Examinations of Bias in U.S. Juries" with discussant Mark Davis of the Davis Levin Livingston law firm.
    A Roundtable Discussion concluded the seminar with discussants Judge Tsun-Chen Kang, Chiai District Court, Taiwan and Do Kyun Kim, SNU, Korea, followed by lunch. See "A Candid Free Seminar on the U.S. and Asia Jury Systems Will Be Held at UH Law School Friday Morning."

    Justin Levinson

    Jisuk Woo

    From left: Tae-Ung Baik, Avi Soifer, Justin Levinson, and Mark Davis

    From left: Jae Hyup Lee, Hirofumi Ito, Syugo Hotta, and Tae-Ung Baik

  • Melody Kapiliʻaloha MacKenzie ʻ76 wrote the section on Native Hawaiians in the 2012 edition of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, published recently by Lexis-Nexis.

  • Eric Yamamoto delivered the keynote address before the Hawaiʻi chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association annual convention in May. Eric spoke about "Post-9/11 National Security and Civil Liberties: Justice Contributions of Asian Pacific Americans."
    Eric also gave the closing keynote address on "Looking Forward: The Living Legacy of Japanese American Internment Redress" before 600 conferees and members of the community at a three-day biennial national conference of the Japanese American National Museum in July.


  • An article by the Law School's former development officer Jennifer Hee about "Staying Committed to a Cure for Arthritis," appeared in Midweek on August 14.
  • On July 17, the Law School gave a farewell party for Alayna Jardin and Heather L. Smith.
    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison wrote: "Alayna joined the Law School as a student assistant in the Student Services Office more than five years ago, and moved upstairs to join me, Heather, and Chelsea in the Admissions Office a little over a year ago. Alayna has done nothing short of a fantastic job, and we will miss her terribly. Alayna graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2013, and she has earned a position as a special education, 6th grade teacher at Mililani Middle School.
    Heather came on board more than four years ago to help us get the new Law School website up and running. After doing a bang-up job on the web, Heather worked her magic on the Law School's new paperless admissions process. Heather earned her Master's degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2013. She is moving to Queens, New York to join her fiancé -- whom you may remember won national awards as a KCC culinary student -- and who now works at the famous Gramercy Tavern in New York. 
    We celebrate their wonderful contributions to the Law School and wish them well on their new adventures."
    Heather later wrote: "A big thank you to everyone! Our farewell party was beyond what either of us expected. It was filled with laughter, tears, delicious desserts, a wonderful slideshow, conversations reminiscing over past memories and of course lots of excitement for future adventures. The law school ohana will always be in our thoughts and we can't wait to hear the exciting updates for all of the good things ahead. Mahalo!"

    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Heather Smith, Alayna Jardin, and Chelsea Huang

    Avi Soifer, Alayna Jardin, and Heather Smith

    Back row, from left: Lyn Flanigan '81, Carrie Fuller, Peggy Su, Michelle Tang, Michelle Mordecai, Alayna Jardin, and Elisabeth Steele Hutchison. Front row: Marnelli Basilio, Piyada Nonzee, Chelsea Huang, and Heather Smith

  • On August 1, the Law School community held a reception to welcome new colleagues Diane Desierto, assistant professor of law; Brian Huffman, electronic resources librarian; Andrea Freeman, assistant professor of law; Ronette Kawakami '85, associate dean for student services; Minara Mordecai, director of special projects; and Karen Schneiderman, reference and instructional services librarian.

    From left: Diane Desierto, Brian Huffman, Karen Schneiderman, Andrea Freeman, Ronette Kawakami '85, and Minara Mordecai
  • The 2013 William K. Weinstein Conversation Series, which focused on "Integrity and Ethics in the Real World," concluded recently. The series symposia, which were open to the public, provided an overview of the ethical obligations and challenges facing clients and lawyers in the health, entertainment, and sports industries.

    From left: Panelists at "The Ethics of Capitalism" symposium on July 23: Jay Shidler, Mark Dunkerley, Alex Adamovich, William Weinstein, and Peter Ho
  • A Welcome Reception in the refurbished Law Library welcomed the Honorary Committee and kicked off the beginning of the William S. Richardson Law School's 40th Anniversary Year on Thursday, August 22.

    From left: Avi Soifer, Judge Barbara Richardson, William "Bill" Richardson, Allan K. Hoe, Jim Pietsch, and Lenora Lee

    From left: Andrea Freeman, Kapua'ala Sproat '98, and Judge Lisa Ginoza '89

    From left: Cynthia Thielan '78, Lynette Rudolfo, and Dale Lee

    Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Lyn Flanigan '81

    Danielle Conway (left) and Susan Serrano '98 with their children



  • Part-time student Diana Kim and Seyed Amin Alehohamad '13 represented the Law School at the Law School Admissions Council Forum in Washington, DC on July 20. As the Law School's 2013 Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow, Diana has been working in the Washington office of U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa '77 for two months this summer.
    Diana wrote: "Amin and I had a great time meeting prospective students. It was really interesting being on the other side of the law school admissions process. Our school is so special... it truly is a hidden gem, and I'm pretty sure I was radiating Richardson pride today. :-) I loved being able to share a slice of what it's like being a Richardson law student!"
    The Mink Fellowship program honors the legacy of the Hawai‘i Congresswoman who was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress and who became a powerful advocate for gender equality.

    Diana Kim

    Seyed Amin Alehohamad '13 and Diana Kim
  • The Law School welcomed its 41st incoming class with an extended Orientation for new JD and LLM students from August 15-24. Highlights included:
    —A bus tour around Oʻahu led by Spencer Kimura '96  and Ronette Kawakami '85. The tour made several stops on the North Shore and Windward O‘ahu. Ronette provided a running commentary on the legal and historical importance of places seen on route.
    —Welcome remarks by former Governor John Waihe'e III '76, Mayor Kirk Caldwell '84, Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna '82, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, and William ("Billy") K. Richardson and Judge Barbara Richardson.
    —“Downtown Day” on Wednesday, August 21 began with a morning discussion on professionalism, followed by lunch at the Plaza Club, sponsored by the Starn O’Toole, Marcus & Fisher law firm with a talk by partner Mark Bennett. After lunch, the group visited the Federal District Court and listened to a panel -- Federal District Judge Leslie Kobayashi '83; her career law clerk Donna Odani ’99; Clare Connors, Davis Levin Livingston; Jeffrey Keating, Deputy Attorney General-Hawai'i; and Howard Luke, Law Office of Howard K.K. Luke — who all responded to questions about life and legal practice posed by Dale Lee.
    —The students also enjoyed tours of the Hawai’i Supreme Court, followed by talks from Craig Wagnild, president of the Hawai’i State Bar Association, and Chief Justice Recktenwald, who then administered the Law School student pledge, written by the late Chris Iijima. The day concluded with a reception at the Law School hosted by the American Inns of Court, James S. Burns Aloha Chapter.
    The incoming class includes 53 full-time JD students, 13 part-time JD students, 19 LLM students, four transfer students, and one visiting student.
    Avi Soifer expressed special thanks to the staff and faculty who participated and particularly to the Law School Orientation Planning Team and to Marnelli Basilio and Melissa Matsuura for organizing such a warm welcome and inspiring orientation for the new members of the Richardson 'ohana.

    From left: Thomas Brauchli, Nicole Brauchli '14, Ann-Kristin Schneider '14, Katharina Hohmann '14, and Serena Ko '14 

    From left: Jason Jutz and James Diehl

    At the North Shore

    Former Governor John Waihee III '76


    Downtown Day
    at Ali`iolani Hale

    From left: Howard Luke, Dale Lee, Avi Soifer, Judge Leslie Kobayashi '83, Clare Connors, Jeffrey Keating, and Donna Odani '99

    The Law School Student Pledge

    Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna '82 (center) and LLM students


  • Amy Brinker '11 was featured in Midweek's "Good Neighbor" column on August 7.
  • Allan Hoe '76 was interviewed about the Law School's 40th anniversary in "Four Decades of Home Grown Attorneys" on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" on July 30.
  • The Carlsmith Ball law firm named Erika Lewis '06 as a partner. Erika specializes in civil and commercial litigation with a focus on land use, tax, trust, and maritime law. She represents charitable trusts, private landowners, developers, and shipping companies. See "Carlsmith Ball names Lewis, Muller partners," in Pacific Business News on August 6.
  • Lora L. Nordtvedt Reeve ’12 published a paper, “Of Whales and Ships: Impacts on the Great Whales of Underwater Noise Pollution from Commercial Shipping and Proposals for Regulation under International Law.” Lora's article will appear in the fall issue of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal. Lora is a consultant on environmental and ocean projects.
  • Benchmark Litigation recognized Sheryl L. Nicholson '81 of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm as among the Top 250 Women in Litigation in America. Sheryl, attorney of counsel, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, counseling and dispute resolution, as well as real estate and commercial transactions. She also was named 2012 Hawaiʻi Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

In Memorium

  • We are sorry to report that Doreen Sheila (Brown) Freeman passed away on July 12. Doreen was born in 1923 in England and at the age of 18 became a reporter for the London paper, “The Daily Sketch.” During World War II, she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). After the war, Doreen and her husband Houghton "Buck" Freeman lived in China, New York, and Japan before retiring to Stowe VT. in 1993, where they established the Freeman Foundation. The Foundation opened its Hawai'i Office in 2000 and generously supported the Law School's LLM Program through the Freeman Fellows program.
    Please see the full obituary here.