February 21, 2014


  • On January 25, John Barkai gave a presentation on "Cross-Cultural Negotiation Encounters" for a class on "Advanced Negotiation" (PACE 629).
    John also spoke about "Cross-Cultural Negotiations" to a group from the Japan Aviation Academy on January 29 and gave a presentation about "Multi-party Negotiations" for the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies on February 7.
  • The ABA-United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Resource Center (ILRC) selected Danielle Conway to serve on a team of distinguished legal experts in support of United Nations Women in Iraq to provide legal opinions, propose recommended changes, and give guidance on incorporating and implementing these changes to Iraq’s draft Public Procurement Law. The specific goal of this project is to assess how to incorporate specific incentives for women contractors within the law and within an international context.
    On Thursday, February 27, Danielle will participate in the The Faculty Lecture Series: Sharing our Work and Knowledge, which is presented by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the Office of Research Relations, and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library.
    Danielle will present her most recent Cambridge University book chapter, "The Miracle at Marrakesh: Doing Justice for the Blind and Visually Impaired While Changing the Culture of Norm Setting at the World Intellectual Property Organization." The talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Hamilton Library in room 301.
  • On February 5, Diane Desierto gave the first lecture for the Center for Philippine Studies' Colloquium Series, "Restoring Separation of Powers and Constitutional Accountability: Dismantling the Pork Barrel System through the Philippine Supreme Court." 
    On February 24-26, Diane will be lecturing on international economic law, development, and inequality at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene.


  • On Friday, the Hawai‘i Senate and the House of Representatives presented Avi Soifer with certificates of recognition and honored the Law School on its 40th Anniversary.
    Senator Brian Taniguchi '78 and Representative Linda Ichiyama '10 presented the certificates. Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald joined faculty and staff members in the gallery in being introduced during the House and Senate sessions.

    Avi Soifer (center) with with state legislators and Law School representatives

    Rep. Linda Ichiyama '10 and Avi Soifer

    From left: Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, Avi Soifer, and Ronette Kawakami '85

    Senator Brian Taniguchi '78

    Avi Soifer (center) with Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald (center left) and state legislators   
  • The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held Oral Arguments at the Law School yesterday and they and their law clerks met with faculty members and students.
    Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals meet in Honolulu three times a year.


  • On Wednesday, February 26, Phi Delta Phi, and the Pū‘ā Foundation will present "Voices from the Inside” featuring former inmates of the Women’s Community Correctional Facility. While serving time in WCCC, these women took creative writing classes, which helped them to reflect upon the circumstances that led them to prison. Now alumni of the Prison Writing Project, they are experiencing community re-integration.
    The women will share their writings covering prison life as well as the freedom and challenges of their transformations. Their stories of pain, struggle, and hope demonstrate the complex nature and human cost of being involved in the criminal justice system.
    The forum is open to the community and begins at 12:30 p.m. in CR2. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.
    See "'Prison Monologues' Showcases Stories From Former Inmates."