December 13, 2013


  • On Dec 3, John Barkai taught a one day workshop on “Intercultural Negotiations,” with consecutive translation, for a group of Japanese participants at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science, (JAIMS).
    On Dec. 8, John ran his 27th Honolulu Marathon.
  • Ron Brown was invited to speak in Beijing at the International Symposium on Social Insurance Law: Implementation and Enforcement, sponsored by Peking University Law School on December 6 and 7.
    China has recently passed a new Social Security Law, embracing unemployment, workers’ injuries, pensions, medical, and maternity benefits. Ron's paper, "Measuring China’s Social Insurance Law Under International Standards of ILO and Influences of Social Dimension Provisions of FTAs and BITs; and Treatment of Foreigners" presented an evaluation of how well China’s law meets international standards.
    In attendance were several drafters of the law from the State Council’s Legislative Affairs Office, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Academy of Social Sciences, academics, and Zhang Ming-qi, Member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

    Ron Brown


  • Following a surprise baby shower for Cheong-Ming Wai and his wife Karen earlier this month, Cheong wrote: I just want to thank everyone for such a wonderful surprise baby shower. Karen and I are still overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness. The baby shower was very beautiful and memorable, special thanks to those who spent the time to put this shower together for Karen and I. Everything was so perfect! Thank you again! Cheong & Karen."

    Karen and Cheong-Ming Wai
  • On December 5, Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi spoke about "The Constitutional Evolution of Overseas U.S. Territories-1898 to Present" as part of the Jon Van Dyke Lecture Series. Judge Gelpi is a U.S. District Judge, District of Puerto Rico and the President of the Federal Bar Association. The Hawaiʻi and Puerto Rico Chapters of the Federal Bar Association and the Law School sponsored the event.

    Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi

    Sherry Broder and Judge Gelpi 
  • The ChristmHanuKwanzaa Lunch on Wednesday was a big success. Mahalo to Catherine Bye, Cynthia Engle, Karen Schneiderman, and Victoria Scymczak, and to all who helped organize the delicious food, the fun games, and holiday cheer. 







  • Senator Clayton Hee was a surprise guest and presented a Senate Citation to Denise Antolini on the occasion of her John Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Senator Clayton Hee and Denise Antolini
  • The Law School hosted its annual Wellness Fair from December 2-4 organized by Ramona Hussey '89. Activities for ways to unwind and relax included specialists in reflexology, yoga, Nia, board games, puppy therapy, meditation, Pilates, Qi Gong, acupuncture, smoking cessation, and counseling.  
    Ramona wrote: "Thank you all for coming out to the Courtyard and participating in our Wellness Day. Also I’d like to encourage you to patronize the wonderful organizations who donated their time and talents to us."




  • Thomas Grande '85 was featured in an article, "Land 'cooperators' can skirt rules" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Dec. 9.
  • A previous journal article by Damien Horigan '95 entitled "Of Compassion and Capital Punishment" (1996) has been reprinted on pages 513 to 530 in The International Library of Essays on Capital Punishment, Volume III: Policy and Governance. The book was edited by Peter Hodgkinson of Westminster Law School. It was published in 2013 in England by Ashgate.
  • Nicole M. Torres '13 has been appointed as the Summer Pre-Law Program Coordinator at the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The program will be conducted from June 23 to July 11, 2014. Nicole presently is a law clerk for the CNMI Supreme Court.