August 30, 2013


  • Paul Alston and David A. Nakashima '77 of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm have been recognized by national legal rating service Super Lawyers and selected for the 2013 Hawaiʻi Super Lawyers List. John-Anderson L. Meyer '06, also of AHFI, was selected for the 2013 Hawai`i Rising Stars list.
  • In June, Ron Brown presented a paper on "Asian Labor Arbitration Comparisons in Barcelona" at the Inaugural Conference of the Labor Law Research Network with over 300 international labor and employment experts participating.
    Ron's chapter on "Labor and Employment Dispute Resolution in the U.S." was recently published in Perspectives on American Law, a 2013 book authored by Fulbright Scholars in China. He was also selected as the author of the U.S. System of Industrial Relations and Labor and Employment Laws by the European-based Eurofound, which presents a biannual survey of the world’s national Industrial Relations and Labor and Employment Laws.
    Ron's forthcoming article, "Korea-U.S. Labor Law Developments: Any Lessons?" will be published in Korea under the title, “2013 KLP Working Group Paper: Legal Transplants and Receptions - The Implications for Korean Law.” The article deals with comparative aspects of subcontracted workers, exclusive recognition, and the unions’ duty of fair representation.
  • David Callies and Office of State Planning Director Jesse Souki conducted a Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on land law on August 29. A highlight was a summary of the U.S. Court of Appeals August 26 decision in Town of Nags Head v. Toloczko dealing with public trust and ripeness, argued and won by David Breemer '01 of the Pacific Legal Foundation.
  • Mark Levin chaired the 4th Plenary Session and was keynote speaker for a symposium on "Tobacco Industry Interference with Government Policy" at the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT), in Tokyo, Japan from August 18-21. He also served as a member of the APACT 2013 Statement Committee. 
    APACT 2013 brought together 785 government officials, researchers, NGO activists, and others from over 42 nations. At the Opening Ceremony, Mark had a rare opportunity to meet and talk with Her Imperial Highness Princess Akishino. He also met with senior officials at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and visited Law School friends and alumni.

    Mark Levin, left, with lawyers at APACT 2013
    Richardson-in-Japan Club gathering, August 22, in Tokyo. Standing from left: Kazuya Sawada '98, Darcy Kishida '00, Yasuhei Taniguchi '09, Mark Levin. Sitting from left: Kei Kitatani '12, Hiroko Hayashi '07, and Nicole Heilemann '12 (missing, Teruo Saito '98)
  • Cyndi Quinn '88 has been appointed Executive Administrator and Secretary of the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents. Cyndi's appointment will be effective on September 1. See "Cynthia Quinn Appointed As Secretary Of The Board Of Regents."
  • Randall Roth was featured in an extensive profile and interview, "The Law Professor Who Helped Expose Hawaii's 'Broken Trust' Thinks The Term These Days Applies To Rail," in today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser (log-in required).
  • Avi Soifer was quoted in an article, "Religious Exemption Expanded In Same-Sex Marriage Bill Draft," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser yesterday. As chair of the Legislature's Task Force, Avi circulated a preliminary draft report that concluded that the religious exemption in the draft same-sex bill is at least as strong as, if not stronger than, the one in the state’s civil unions law (log-in required).


  • Professor Lawrence Repeta of Meiji University School of Law, Tokyo, Japan gave a talk about “Japan’s Democracy at Risk – The LDP’s Ten Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change,” today in the Moot Court Room. Professor Repeta has served as a lawyer, business executive, and law professor in Japan and the United States. He is best known in Japan as the plaintiff in a landmark suit decided by the Supreme Court of Japan in 1989 that opened Japan`s courts to note-taking by courtroom spectators.

    Lawrence Repeta
  • On September 5, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will present Maoli Thursday, featuring Tae-Ung Baik and Carole Petersen who will discuss "The International Human Rights Puzzle: Where do Indigenous Peoples Fit?" Alison Connor will moderate. The free forum is open to the public and begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Court Room. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 3 at:
  • On Monday, the Law School launched its 40th Anniversary year with a Convocation and Rededication Ceremony that reflected on the past and looked toward the future. Speakers included Allan Hoe ’76, Mari Matsuda ’80, William “Billy” Richardson, and Avi Soifer. The faculty, staff, students and graduates who attended the ceremony included members of the inaugural class who began their law degree four decades ago in makeshift quarters in the UH Quarry. See "UH Law School Launches its 40th Anniversary Year."

    Members of the first graduating class visit the original Law School building located in the Quarry.
    From left: Stan Manuia '76, Hayden Burgess (Poka Laenui) '76, John Cater '76, Allen Hoe '76, Marjorie Higa Manuia '76, Catherine Chang '76, and Melody MacKenzie '76


  • Taryn Meeks '08 was featured in an article, "Military Lawyers Confront Changes As Sexual Assault Becomes Big News" in the September issue of the ABAJournal. Taryn serves as the executive director for the non-profit group Protect our Defenders and was interviewed as part of the effort to affect change in the military regarding sexual assault policy and regulation.
  • Mericia Palma Elmore '12 and her husband Gerard welcomed their daughter Zelda Mireya Palma Elmore, on June 7.

    Zelda Mireya Palma Elmore