December 20, 2013


  • This is the last Ke Kula Kanāwāi for 2013. We wish everyone a joyful and safe holiday break. Look for the next issue on January 17, 2014.


  • Charles Booth chaired a panel that discussed "The Insolvency of Natural Persons–Developing Modern Insolvency Systems for Natural Persons" at the 9th Forum on Asian Insolvency Law (FAIR), in Manila, Philippines on Dec. 4 and 5. He spoke about "The Implementation of Insolvency Regimes–Why Fixing the Insolvency Statute is Not Sufficient to Create a Well-Functioning Insolvency Regime Panel." The World Bank, INSOL International, United Nations UNCITRAL, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas sponsered the forum.
    From December 6-9, Charles gave several additional talks including “Bankruptcy Laws in a Socialist Market Economy: Recent Developments in Mainland China” sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and the Ateneo Law School Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law.
    He also spoke about “Insolvency and Commercial Laws: A Look at China and the Rest of Asia” at a Law Forum sponsored by the University of the Philippines Law Center Institute of Government and Law Reform and Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies. Charles gave the same talk to students at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Business.
  • The December issue of the The Fil-Am Courier published a cover story by David Forman '93, "A Sad Reality," about the small number of Filipino attorneys in Hawai'i.
  • Ramona Hussey '89 is organizing daily lunchtime walks around campus beginning January 6. Places of interest on route include: the Free Store at the Art Department, art gallery, Guerrilla Garden (Hemenway), glass works and pottery lab, sustainability courtyard (with vegetarian food trucks), hidden meditation sites, the Japanese Garden and fish pond at the East-West Center, famous artworks throughout campus, unusual plants, campus thrift shop, a Korean temple, and lower campus tours around the sports facilities. Walkers should meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Front Desk.

    The Japanese Garden, East-West Center
  • Mark Levin participated in the Center for Japanese Studies "Wiki Slideshows on Japan, powered by PechaKucha" on November 15. Mark's talk -- following the forum rules of using only 20 slides at 20 seconds each -- speedily introduced his publication on tobacco control in Japan, which appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of the American Journal of Law & Medicine
    Also in November, Mark met with a visiting delegation of legislators from the Kanagawa Prefectural Assembly to discuss legislation in Hawaiʻi and Japan concerning the use of cigarettes and newly emerging electronic nicotine products.
  • A commentary by Jon Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, "New telescope atop Mauna Kea begs questions" appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 13.

  • The Jon Van Dyke Institute for International Law and Justice hosted a workshop at the Law School on December 13. Avi Soifer welcomed participants followed by short presentations from Tae-Ung Baik, Sherry Broder, Ronald Brown, Chris Coneybeare, UH Center for Labor Education and Research; Alison Connor, Danielle Conway, Diane Desierto, Seoung-yong Hong, Duksung Women's University, Seoul, Korea; Seokwoo Lee, Inha University School of Law, Korea; Mark Levin, Melody MacKenzie '76, Yoonkeong Nah, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; Nilufer Oral, Istanbul Bilgi University; Carole J. Petersen, Ned Shultz, UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies; Kapuaʻala Sproat '98, and Eric K. Yamamoto.
    The Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology co-sponsored the event.

    From left: Seokwoo Lee, Sherry Broder, Yoonkeong Nah, Ned Shulz, Avi Soifer, Seoung-yong Hong, and Richard Wallsgrove '08

    Yoonkeong Nah  

    Sherry Broder, Seokwoo Lee, and Melody MacKenzie '76

    Mark Levin


  • In the December issue of the Fil-Am Courier, Marnelli Basilio also wrote a cover story, "Moving Forward: Associate Supreme Court Justice Simeon Acoba Jr. Retires End of the Year."
  • The second issue of e-news, the online news magazine that shares stories about the Law School's people and events was published on Monday. The December issue includes articles on how Richardson rates for minority students, advocates for the rights of children, cultural clues every student should know, the Law School's new advanced JD program, and the inspiring elders and veterans conference organized in November. e-news is published twice each semester.


  • Seth Harris ‘01, Steven Hartley ‘96, Amanda Jenssen ‘11, Mari Kishimoto ‘07, and Elsa McGehee ‘97 of Hartley & McGehee law firm participated in its 6th annual Food & Fund Drive to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. With the assistance of neighboring Kailua businesses, the firm surpassed its record total of 1,103 lbs. last year by collecting 1,282 lbs. of food donations plus monetary donations to help feed Hawai'i’s hungry in time for the Christmas holiday.
  • Mikiko Otani, Visiting Scholar at the Law School in Fall 2011, was the featured discussant in a forum on "Japan's accession to the Hague Treaty on Civil Aspects of Child Abduction," which appeared in the November 2013 issue of Japan's leading law journal Jurist
  • Partners Christian Porter '84 and Laree McGuire '90, Kapono Kiakona, and Bryson Chow announced their law firm’s new name, PMKC, LLP, reflecting the practice’s change in leadership. The firm specializes in condominium and community association, construction, real estate and commercial law, and litigation. PMKC is a continuation of the former firm Porter Tom Quitiquit Chee & Watts.
  • Nicole 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.

    Nicole Torres '13 (left) and the Pre-Law Program Committee

    Nicole Torres '13 and Claire Kelleher-Smith