December 6, 2013


  • The Law School announced the launch of its new Advanced JD Program, which offers advanced standing to foreign-trained applicants. The program will give them up to one year's credit for their foreign law degree, and it allows them to earn the JD degree in two years of study rather than three, with the option of taking a U.S. bar exam at completion. See "New Advanced JD Program Opens UH Law School to More International Attorneys."


  • The Surfrider Foundation, Oʻahu chapter honored Denise Antolini with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual awards ceremony on November 16. The John Kelly Environmental Awards are given each year to those who made significant contributions toward protecting the Island's coastal community and environment. Among other things, the award also recognized Denise's many years of teaching at the Law School, in particular her role in building the Environmental Law Program into national prominence as well as her role in helping to launch and support graduates and their contributions to the community and to protecting the environment in many different contexts.
    See "2 UH Faculty Members Receive Career Recognition" in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on Sunday and also "UH Law Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award" in Ka Leo on Monday. Photos of the event may be seen at

    Denise Antolini

    From left: Marlene Booth, Avi Soifer, Denise Antolini, Liam Skilling '07, Maxine Burkett, Victoria Szymczak, Ronette Kawakami '85, and David Forman '93

    Katie Gassaway '13, Avi Soifer, and Denise Antolini
  • Ron Brown spoke in New York City on November 21 about the Social Dimension Provisions which deal with the labor issues under Free Trade Agreements at a workshop about the US-EU Trade for Cross Border Alternative Societies--Labor Industrial Relations in the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement Guidelines. Ron's paper was entitled “Structuring FTAs: New Construction, Old Bricks.” The event was held at the Italian Cultural Institute in the Italian Consulate, sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vergata Law School, and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini. Speakers included the EU Commission Trade Representative, academics, AFL-CIO representatives, and Italian business CEOs.


    Ron Brown at the Italian Consulate in New York City

  • An article by David Callies and Chynna Stone '14 about the "Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing" will appear in the inaugural edition of the European Journal of Comparative Law.
    Another article analyzing per se regulatory taking of property and criticizing exceptions to government liability for compensation by David and David Robyak '14 will appear in Touro Law Review's spring symposium edition, which will publish selected articles from papers presented at a conference held at Touro University's Jacob Fuchsberg Law School in October.
    Yesterday, he gave the luncheon address at the annual meeeting of the HSBA Real Property and Financial Services Section at the Pacific Club. David spoke about "When Government Exactions are Extortionate: the Constitutionality of Impact Fees, Mitigation Fees and In-Lieu Fees after Koontz."
  • On November 21, Danielle Conway appeared in a news report on KITV about the resignation of the Director of the Hawaii Arts Foundation over the misuse of copyrighted work depicting Native Hawaiian iconic images and personae. See "Eva Laird Smith Steps Down as Director of the Hawaii Arts Foundation."
  • On November 16, Andrea Freeman presented "A Critical Legal Analysis of Infant Feeding" on a plenary panel that discussed "The Socioeconomics of Family Law" at ClassCrits VI in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • David Forman '93 was a guest speaker at GEAR UP HUI’s Professional Mixer for UH Mānoa undergraduates on November 27. David's article, “A Sad Reality” about the relatively low percentage of Filipino attorneys in Hawai‘i will appear in the Fil-Am Courier December issue.
  • On November 21, James Pietsch participated in a panel discussion on PBS Hawaii's Insights program discussing “Should People With Terminal Illnesses Be Allowed To Choose When and How They Want To Die?”
    Hawaiʻi's Attorney General recently issued a reminder that physicians who prescribe lethal amounts of drugs to end a patient's suffering can be charged with manslaughter. The panel, hosted by Dan Boylan, analyzed related issues including the question “Is it time for Hawaiʻi's law to be changed, or would allowing physician-assisted suicide open the door to new problems?”
    Panelists included: Barbara Coombs Lee, national president of Compassion & Choices; David Louie, Hawaiʻi attorney general; and Dr. Emese Somogyi, palliative medicine physician, Castle Medical Center.

    From left: David Louie, Jim Pietsch, Barbara Coombs Lee, Dr. Emese Somogyi, and Dan Boylan
  • On November 26, Carole Petersen and Charles Booth were the featured guest speakers in the "Making Careers in Asian Law" lunch-talk series at New York University's US-Asia Law Institute. Professor Jerome Cohen of NYU Law School chaired the event. Carole also delivered a lecture to Professor Cohen's class on the implementation of international human rights treaties in China.
  • Avi Soifer and Elisabeth Steele Hutchison were featured in an article, "Law Schools Fight Enrollment Trends" in Pacific Business News on November 22.


  • Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi spoke about "The Constitutional Evolution of Overseas U.S. Territories-1898 to Present" yesterday 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.
  • UH Hilo Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program (TCBES) is offering a course in Natural Resource Regulation (CBES 694) taught by Lora Reeve '12 during the Spring 2014 semester. Students will gain practical experience with important Federal and Hawaii State environmental statutes and government agency regulations for environmental impact assessment, endangered species conservation, marine mammal protection, coastal zone management, freshwater management, fisheries management, forest management, and more. The course is recommended for employees of Federal and State government agencies, conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private industry working on projects with environmental implications. Class meetings are Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Course availability for CBES 694 is listed on the UH Hilo website. For course information, please contact Lora at: For registration information, please contact Don Price at:
  • On Wednesday, the Law School hosted a book launch for "Judge Sam King: A Memoir," by Samuel P. King and co-authored by Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi.
    Randy Roth wrote: "The gathering included federal judges, state judges and justices, Judge King’s former law clerks, prominent lawyers, King family members, and others whose lives had been touched at some time by Judge King.
    Avi Soifer welcomed the group and provided a brief but spirited review of the book. Other speakers included Judge Alan Kay, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, former law clerks Doug Ushijima '92, Tommy Kaulukukui '77, Kathy Matayoshi and Louise Ing, and Judge King’s co-author of "Broken Trust," Randall Roth.  The gathering was planned by two more of Judge King’s former law clerks, Judge Lisa Ginoza '89 and Lyn Flanigan '81."


  • Pohai Nu'uhiwa '15 represented the Law School at the UH Mānoa Graduate and Law School Fair on December 3. Pre-Law Advising Center Peer Advisors Lauren Kurashige '15, Eliza Browning '14 and Loreto G. Coloma, Jr. also were on hand to offer on-the-spot pre-law advising to law fair attendees.

    From left: Loreto G. Coloma Jr., Eliza Browning '14, and Pohai Nu'uhiwa '15

  • On November 23, ʿAhahui o Hawaiʿi toured the voyaging canoe Hokulea. Evening Part Time student Sandra Ann Kau‘ionālani Pratt wrote: "Mahalo to all who came to visit the Hokulea on Saturday! We were very blessed to have Master Navigator Bruce Blankenfeld conduct the tour and give us insight into the history and work of Hokulea. We are very grateful because there was representation of all ages at the site visit from kupuna to keiki. So far, I received positive feedback from some families who intend to return to the dock on their own time to participate in community service. If you would like to help, call the Polynesian Voyaging Society at 842-1101 for a listing of their community service days. Please also start to think about how these projects can be improved for the next generation of Hui members!"

    ʿAhahui o Hawaiʿi and family members

  • Law School Visit Coordinator Sommerset Wong'14 and the Law School Ambassadors celebrated the holidays with a pot luck dinner at the home of Elisabeth Steele Hutchison on November 17. Law School Ambassadors are student volunteers who give tours to prospective law students, represent the Law School at admissions events on Oʻahu, and are often profiled on the Law School website.

    Back Row, from left: Dylan Taschner '16, Matt Tsujimura '16, Kaki Vessels '16, Derek Brow '16, Leon Davenport '14, Rodney Withall '15, John Reiss '15, and Philip Tumbaga '15. Front Row: Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Robert Nishimoto '16, Sommerset Wong'14, Jaycee Uchida '16, and Cecily Kaya '15

  • The 2013-14 Richardson Trial Team welcomes new members Ronson Honeychurch '15, Ryan Little '15, James McKeon '15, and Renee Togafau '15. They join returning member Janelle Etelagi '14. The Trial Team will be competing in the National Trial Competition at Whittier Law School in the spring. Janelle wrote: "Special thanks to Eliza Browning '14 and James Yuda '14 for their assistance during team try-outs."
  • On November 27, students invited many interested participants to the Law School Courtyard to pound poi.







  • Dayna (Dias) Beamer '81 and her husband Kapono Beamer were featured in Ben Wood’s column in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on November 29. Dayna is the senior judge for the U.S. Immigration Court in Honolulu.
  • Kee M. Campbell '09 has been named an associate at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. Kee practices in the area of commercial litigation. Prior to joining AHFI, Campbell served as a law clerk for the Honorable Barry M. Kurren '77, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i; as a law clerk for the Honorable Paula A. Nakayama, Associate Justice, Hawai`i Supreme Court; and as an extern to the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i.

  • The Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter also honored Katie Gassaway '13 with the 2013 Oahu-based Organization Award at the Surfrider Foundation's Awards Ceremony on November 16. Katie and Jentry Petzold are the co-owners of the Black Cat Salon & Spa in Kailua and in Kaimuki.

    From left: Crystal Thorrnburg-Homcy, Katie Gassaway '13, Jentry Petzold, and Denise Antolini

    Surfrider Foundation Awards

  • Trisha C. Gibo '12 has been named an associate at Alston Floyd Hunt & Ing. Trisha practices in the area of labor and employment. Prior to joining the firm, Gibo served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven S. Alm in the First Circuit Court of the State of Hawai`i; as a Hearings Officer for the State of Hawai`i Department of Public Safety; and an as extern at the State of Hawai`i Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board.

  • U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni '78 was featured in an article "Ladies of Justice" in Midweek on Wednesday.

  • Yea Jin Lee '13 is the winner of the 2013 Korean Law Research Paper Competition and the recipient of the 2013 Kwon Family Award. The Kwon Family Award in Korean Legal Studies awards a prize of $1,000 to a selected paper concerning an issue in the realm of Korean law (North Korean law included). Yea Jin's paper was entitled “A New Path to Resolution of the Comfort Women Tragedy.” The selection committee included Korean Law visiting scholars: Dokyun Kim, Seoul National University; Yong Chul Park, Sogang University; and Byoung-Kyu Lee, Myongji University.

  • Nathan T. Okubo '06 has been named a partner at Cades Schutte. Nathan practices in the areas of real estate, banking and finance, hospitality and resort property, public utilities and telecommunications, and land use, zoning, and entitlements. Nathan was editor-in-chief of the UH Law Review and was a member of the Law School’s 2006 award-winning Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.” See "Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii" in Midweek on November 27.

  • Maile Osika '12 also has been named an associate at Alston Floyd Hunt & Ing. Maile practices in the area of commercial litigation. She was previously a legislative attorney for the House Majority Staff Office in the Hawai`i House of Representatives, where she drafted legislation and provided legal advice to committee chairs, particularly the committees on Agriculture and Economic Business Development & Tourism.

  • Shannon Yarber '13 and Dave Yarber '13 recently launched their locally-made kombucha business, SKY Kombucha. Their kombucha is served on-tap at Kōkua Market on University Avenue.