February 14, 2014


  • An International Conference on Korean Immigration and Multiculturism took place yesterday at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tae-Ung Baik and Dale Lee were among the speakers who presented papers on "Korean Immigration to the United States," "Korean Identity in the Global Community," and "Multiculturism."
    The Law School; Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea; Center for Korean Studies; Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; Korean American Foundation Hawaiʻi; Asia Institute, Osaka University of Economics and Law, Japan; and Department of Social Welfare, Ewha Woman's University, Korea co-sponsored the event.

  • On Friday, Charles Booth served as a delegate for the International Insolvency Institute to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation), Settlement of Commercial Disputes: Draft Convention on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration, at the United Nations in New York City.
    Tuesday Charles gave a lecture, "Corporate Insolvency in Asia: Developing Effective Insolvency Infrastructures in China and Japan" as part of the International Insolvency Course at St. John’s School of Law, NYC. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper served as commentator.
    The course is supported by the American College of Bankruptcy and the lecture was broadcast live to law schools at Chicago Kent, Georgetown, Illinois (Champagne), Illinois (Chicago), University of Pennsylvania, Utah, and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City
    Judge Alan Gropper and Charles Booth
  • Danielle Conway welcomed Mark Levin and Professor Lawrence Repeta from Meiji University Department of Law to discuss "Japan's Constitution in the 21st Century" as part of Danielle's "Life in the Law" series, which airs live every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. on thinktechhawaii.com.
  • An international seminar, “Toward Access and a Benefits Sharing Model of Marine Biological Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region” took place at the Law School on February 4. The seminar tackled the access and benefits sharing (ABS) of marine genetic resources by posing technically challenging and legally complex issues in the context of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and other intellectual property instruments.
    Distinguished speakers included Jae-Hyup Lee, Seoul National University; Erika Techera, University of Western Australia; Danielle Conway; John Leitner, Baker Botts, NYC; Leighton Chong, Blue Revolutions Hawaiʻi; and Maria Robben '14.
    Conveners and discussants included Sherry Broder, Maxine Burkett, David Forman '93, and Jisuk Woo, Seoul National University. Hyi Seung Lee, Marine Biotechnology Research, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology chaired the panels and commented on presentations. The seminar drew participants from Hawaiʻi, Korea, Australia, Brazil, and the U.S.
    The Environmental Law Program, Hawaiʻi Procurement Institute, Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professorship for Business Law, East-West Center, Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and Seoul National University Center for Energy and Environmental Law & Policy co-sponsored the event.

    Jae-Hyup Lee gave the inaugural presentation

    Professor Erika Techerer, University of Western Australia

    From left: Hyi Seung Lee and partner, John Leitner and partner, Maria Robben '14, Maxine Burkett, Erika Techera, Sherry Broder, Jisuk Woo, Erika’s partner, and Jae-Hyup Lee (not pictured, taking photo) at the seminar-opening brunch hosted by Sherry Broder


  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Minara Mordecai, and Piyada A. Nonzee conducted a mock admissions committee exercise for members of the Pre-Law Society at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi in Laʻie on January 30.

    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Piyada Nonzee, and Minara Mordecai (wearing lei) with BYU pre-law students
  • On Tuesday, February 18, "After Tiller," a documentary about women who seek late abortions will be shown at the Doris Duke Theater at 7:00 p.m. A Question and Answer session with Dr. Lisa Harris, University of Michigan; Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro and Dr. Reni Soon, University of Hawaiʻi; and Dr. Ann Rahall, Planned Parenthood Hawaiʻi will follow the documentary. Admission is free.
    On Wednesday, Dr. Harris and Sylvia Law, New York University and former visiting professor at the Law School, will speak about "Reproductive Justice in Hawaiʻi and the Nation: Why Does It Matter and What Can I Do?" at a Reproductive Justice Symposium to be held at the Law School. Dr. Harris is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Women's Studies at UM. Sylvia Law is the Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at NYU. The seminar begins at 12:00 p.m. in CR2.
    On Friday, February 21, "After Tiller" will be shown without charge at 1:00 p.m. in CR2 followed by a Question and Answer session with legal and medical experts from the reproductive justice movement.


  • Part Time Evening Program students Michael Goodman and Christian Smith discussed their law school experiences with prospective evening law students at an information session on February 6.
  • Christiaan Mitchell '14 published a commentary, "Support Bills to End Jailing Juvenile Defenders for Life" in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on February 12 (log-in required).
  • The Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court Team received a generous gift from the Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation to underwrite the participation of two teams at the 2014 Saul Lefkowitz (Trade Law) Moot Court Competition. The IP Moot Court team included returning 2013 champion, Nikki Yamauchi '14, Tim Partelow '14, Trisha Tamaru '14, Sara Tsukamoto '14, Mike Dunford '15, and Antoinette Lilley '15
    Faculty advisor Danielle Conway wrote: "In this year's competition held at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, team members Nikki, Tim, and Sara won Best Oralist at the regional competition. While neither team advanced, both teams enjoyed having the opportunity to compete at the Ninth Circuit. The Best Oralist award marks two years running that the team has placed first in one of three scored categories. We are fortunate at such a small school to have so many law students interested in intellectual property law. We field exceptionally competitive teams each year and our law students are admired and respected by other law student competitors and the staff at the International Trademark Association."
  • The Law Student Government installation ceremony will be held tomorrow in the Moot Court Room at 4:30 p.m. A reception hosted by the 2015 class will follow in the Law Library. The event is designed to help law students forge relationships with alumni, community leaders, and the legal community. Business attire is encouraged. Please RSVP to Shauna Kahiapo '15 at: shaunak@hawaii.edu or (808) 983-9388.
  • On Monday, Derek Kauanoe '08 wrote: "Richardson alumni have been very supportive of the Law School's Native American Moot Court Team over the past few weeks. This year's NAMCT members are: Kurt Klein '14 (Team Captain), Kaili Akina '15, Kelsey Anderson '15, Morgan Evans '14, Daylin Gibson '14, Jordan Inafuku '15, Matt Kaaihue '15, Cecily Kaya '15, Sarah Miller '15, Megan Moniz '14, Ikaika Rawlins '15, Kevin Richardson '15, Louise Togiai '15, and Sommerset Wong '14.
    On February 5, Kanale Sadowski ’05, Scott Hovey ’08, Mark Jensen ’11, Zach Di Ionno ’13, and Randall Wat ’13 mooted four law students on this year’s 14-member team. On February 7, Intermediate Court of Appeals Chief Judge Craig H. Nakamura joined alumni Mark Kaetsu ’10, David Kopper ’10, Scott Shishido ’10, Jesse Smith ’10, Kaui Yamane ’10, Maxwell Kopper ’11, and Fawn Jade Koopman ’12
    On Saturday, Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge Alexa Fujise ’80, who was joined by Judges Daniel Foley and Randal Lee, mooted the team. Other alumni on Saturday included Professor Danielle Hart ’92 who teaches at Southwestern Law School in California and Mark Jensen ’11.
    Many other alumni have helped the Native American Moot Court team prepare in previous weeks or are scheduled for future practices. They include: Melody MacKenzie ’76, Catherine Chang ’76, ICA Judge Lisa Ginoza ’89, David Kimo Frankel ’92, Judge Maura Okamoto ’97, Avis Poai ’04, Noa Dettweiler ’05, Nam Phan ’07, Richard Wallsgrove ’08, Tyler Gomes ’12, Adam Roversi ’12, Cathy Hall ’13, Elika Stimpson ’13, Keani Alapa '11, and Teri Wright ’13."