February 1, 2013


  • On December 14, Ron Brown gave a presentation in Seoul, Korea on "Global Korean Labor Law for Americans," at a conference organized by the Korean Legislative Research Institute. 

    The same week, Ron presented a paper on "Asian Experience as Guidance to U.S. Multiple Mechanisms and Forums in Labor ADR," organized at Peking University Law School in Beijing by the Asian Society of Labour Law.
    In January, Ron assisted in developing a U.S. State Department-funded Labor Law curriculum for courses to be taught in Chinese law schools, administered by City University, New York. His recent book, "East Asia Labor and Employment Law," may be one of the texts used by students in China. 
Ron also was recently designated a Research Fellow of the NYU Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment Law.
  • On January 18, Ka Huli Ao Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence bid farewell to Keith Johnston '08, who has served as Ka Huli Ao’s Archives Program Coordinator since October 2010. Prior to that, Keith was a Post-JD Fellow at Ka Huli Ao.
    Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76 wrote: "Keith’s major accomplishments during his tenure include creating the Punawaiola archives of Hawaiian historical and legal materials. Keith made a significant contribution to our work and will be greatly missed. He is off to new adventures although you may see him around the Law School volunteering his time to make sure the transition for Punawaiola goes smoothly.”

    Keith Johnston '08 and Stephanie Chen '10

    From left: Raymond Wong, Melody MacKenzie ’76, Susan Serrano ‘98, Derek Kauanoe ’08, Kapua Sproat ’98, Avis Poai '04, Keith Johnston ’08, and Williamson Chang

  • On January 25, Mark Levin presented a paper, "Tobacco Control Lessons from the Higgs Boson," at a symposium on the Future of Global Tobacco Control, Current Constitutional and Treaty Based Challenges, hosted by Boston University School of Law and the American Journal of Law and Medicine.   
While at BU, Mark spotted photographs in the hall of Dean Emeritus Dick Miller, a BU graduate, sporting flower lei and of Visiting Professor Fran Miller, also a BU graduate.


    Fran Miller

    Dick Miller

  • Governor Neal Abercrombie proclaimed today, February 1, 2013, Jon Van Dyke Day in Hawai’i. An international symposium, “He Hali‘a Aloha No Jon – Memories of Aloha for Jon" yesterday and today honored the late Jon Van Dyke and his extraordinary legal contributions. In a packed and well-attended program, more than 30 legal scholars, attorneys, and judges presented papers on topics significant in Professor Van Dyke's scholarship and advocacy. Sherry Broder, editors-in-chief and students on the University of Hawai’i Law Review, and Julie Suenaga organized the entire symposium.
    Major sponsors included: Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Student Activity and Program Fee Board, and William S. Richardson School of Law.
    Supporting Sponsors included: Carlsmith Ball LLP, East-West Center, Hawaiʻi State Bar Association International Law Section, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, UH Center for Korean Studies, UH Law School Alumni Association, and the Law School's Student Bar Association (SBA).    
    Avi Soifer served as M.C. at an opening reception at the Hawai’i Supreme Court on Wednesday evening. See Program of Events.
    The opening reception for the Jon Van Dyke International Symposium at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court, Aliʻiolani Hale

    Governor Neal Abercrombie

    Sherry Broder and Avi Soifer

    Justice Ronald Moon (ret.), Stella Moon, and Leigh Wai Doo

    Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald

    Gov. Neal Abercrombie

    At the Law School

    Sherry Broder

    Denise Antolini

    Published works by Jon Van Dyke

    Professor David Caron,
    Co-chair, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Berkeley Law School, University of California

    Professor Julia Xue,
    Director of Law 





Ocean University, Qingdao, China

    Symposium attendees

  • On Wednesday, a celebration of Hawai’i’s first Fred Korematsu Day took place at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Valor in the Pacific. That evening, the Law School co-sponsored a program at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i. 
Eric Yamamoto moderated a panel discussion on past discrimination, redress, and the continuing fight for social justice for all people. Panelists included William Kaneko, Ashley Obrey '09, Dina Shek '06, and Ted Tsukiyama. Randal Wat ’13 introduced the speakers.


  • On Wednesday, the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) program hosted an afternoon student exchange with Sungkyunkwan University on "Current Issues in Global Society: US & South Korean Perspectives."
    Following a welcome by Avi Soifer, Tae-Ung Baik, and Professor Jaeho Sung of SKK University, Session 1 student speakers addressed "Emerging International Norms in Asia." The student presenters in Session 2 focused on "International Dispute Resolution in Asia." Law School speakers were Cassandra Bagay '14, Adair Fincher '13, Scott Prange '13, and Tom Villalon '13.

    Professor Jaeho Sung

    Tom Villalon '13

    Sungkyunkwan University visitors (wearing lei) with Richardson law students, joined by Tae-Ung Baik, Avi Soifer, and Visiting Professor Yong Chul Park

  • On Monday, February 4, Dr, Changzheng Zhou of Nanjing University in China will speak about "The Plight of China's Migrant Workers and the Migrant Labor Law Clinic at Nanjing University School of Law" as part of the Asia Law Talk series. The talk will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Room 254. Please RSVP here.
  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will host Maoli Thursday on February 7 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring Dean Maria Gallo of the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and activist Walter Ritte, founder of Label it Hawaiʻi. The speakers will discuss "GMOs in Hawaii: Implications for Native Hawaiians and Beyond." David Forman '93 will moderate. The lunchtime forum will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Court Room.


  • This week the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (APLPJ) published the first of its two issues for 2012-2013. The Journal provides current articles on the important legal and political issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. Thirteen articles -- more than double the number previously published in a year – will be published this year. In addition to articles and commentaries, Issue 2 (to be published shortly) will include adapted presentations from the Spring 2012 symposium, "Rainbow Rising: Community, Solidarity, and Scholarship." Volume 14, Issue 1 is available at the APLPJ website.

    Co-Editors-in-Chief Shirley-Lou Magnuson '13 and Adair Fincher '13 wrote: "Special congratulations to APLPJ editors Brad Sova '13, Garrett Halydier '14, and Nicole M. Torres '13 who authored comments published in this issue. Thank you to all of the APLPJ editors for their hard work over the course of the last semester. Editing two issues is not an easy task and, without their diligence, these issues would not have been possible."