February 22, 2013


  • Eric Piesner '92 and his wife Rae have pledged $50,000 to establish the Sam and Helen Piesner Endowed Scholarship for Japanese Legal Studies to assist students enrolled at the Law School.
    Eric Piesner is Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Singapore office and Firmwide Managing Partner with responsibility for Asia. He heads the firm’s market-leading Asia real estate practice.
    Dean Aviam Soifer responded: "We are so grateful to the Piesners for their generosity and leadership in establishing this important endowment. Our Japanese Law Program has become a valuable launching platform for students interested in Pacific Asian Law with Japan at the center of their focus, and many of our alumni are now enjoying meaningful careers throughout Asia.
    We hope that other Law School alumni join the effort so we can keep enhancing our ability to attract the most promising law students to study Pacific and Asian Legal Studies at the William S. Richardson School of Law."
    See "Sam & Helen Piesner Endowed Scholarship for Japanese Legal Studies."


  • Charles Booth spoke about cross-border insolvency to the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Insolvency Diploma Course on February 2.
    On February 13, Charles gave a talk on "Corporate Insolvency in Asia: Developing Effective Insolvency Infrastructures in China and Japan," to the International Insolvency Course at St John’s School of Law in New York City. The Hon. Allan Gropper served as commentator. The talk -- supported by the American College of Bankruptcy -- was broadcast live to law schools at Chicago Kent, Georgetown, Illinois (Champagne), Illinois (Chicago), Miami, Michigan, Utah, and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.
  • On February 13, Judge David Ezra spoke at the Federal Bar Association luncheon in San Antonio, Texas. Sue Ann Gregory '92, Deborah Jackson '92, and Natalie Wilson '07 welcomed Judge Ezra with lei flown in from Honolulu.

    Judge David Ezra 
  • Cyndi Quinn '88 celebrated the Year of the Snake at the Great Aloha Run on Monday. Cyndi helped support the giant green balloon snake that floated above the crowd throughout the 8.15-mile route from the Aloha Tower to the Aloha Stadium

    Cyndi Quinn '88, center in orange shirt, at the Great Aloha Run

    The Great Snake and the High Dragon at the Start line
  • On Feb. 14, Randall Roth spoke about tax planning in the Real Estate Development & Finance Law class taught by David Johnson.
    The following day, Randy gave a presentation on “How to Avoid Ethical Dilemma and Malpractice Nightmares,” to financial and estate planners in a program in the Moot Court Room sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.
    On Monday evening, Susie Roth and Randy hosted a dinner for a group of visiting professors and students from Shinshu University, Japan.

    Randy and Susie Roth, standing second and third from right, and the Shinshu University visitors


  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Derek Kauanoe '08, Shem Kim '12, and Honolulu Attorney Lori Stibb participated in a Law School Insider event on February 13. The event, co-hosted by the Mānoa Pre-Law Association and KAPLAN Test Center, introduced prospective students to law school.

    From left: Shem Kim '12, Elisabeth Steel Hutchison, Lori Stibb, and Derek Kauanoe '08
  • On Tuesday, February 26, Mark M. Murakami '99 of the Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert law firm will discuss "The Public Land Development Corporation and Property Rights in Hawaiʻi." Joining Mark on the panel will be Representative Chris Lee, Visiting Professor Shelley Saxer of Pepperdine University School of Law, and Marti Townsend '05, Executive Director of the Outdoor Circle.
    PLDC is a controversial entity created in 2011 to develop state-owned lands, primarily in concert with private entities. The panel discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. in CR #2.
  • Hawaii Women Lawyers will hold its  Annual Award Dinner on April 5 to recognize and celebrate members of the community who have made a significant difference in 2012.
    Senator Maile Shimabukuro '00 will receive the 2013 Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award for her introduction and passage of significant legislation to assist victims of childhood sexual abuse.
    The President's Award will go to the Founders and Participants of the Ete Bowl for their promotion of support, camaraderie, and networking among women attorneys in Hawai’i.
    The event at the Plaza Club will open at 5:15 p.m. with the awards ceremony starting at 6:00 p.m. Heavy pupus will be served.
    See www.hawaiiwomenlawyers.wildapricot.org for details and tickets.


  • Last week's Ke Kula Kānāwai omitted the names of several students who represented the Law School at the annual Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Regional Competition, hosted by the International Trademark Association (INTA).
    Ben Creps '13, Grady Owen '14, Tim Partelow '14, and Trisha Tamaru '14 formed one of two teams, both of which performed with excellence at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Avery Matro '13, Nikki Yamauchi '14, Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13, and Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13 will advance to the National Competition to be held at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. on March 16. This is the first time the Law School has placed first in the competition.

    From left: Tim Partelow '14, Ben Creps '13, Grady Owen '14, and Trisha Tamaru '14


  • Susan Hippensteele '01 and Dina Shek '06 were featured in "20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2013," in the February issue of Hawaii Business magazine.
  • Malama Minn '09 has been appointed Vice-President of Business Development at Island Pacific Energy. Malama will be responsible for commercial and residential solar PV sales.
  • On February 9, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald officiated at the civil union ceremony of John Roth '07 and David McCollough. John practices law in Waimea on Hawaiʻi Island.

    From left: Arte McCollough, David McCullough, John Roth '07, and Randy Roth


  • Naoko Miyamoto '00 was misidentified in last week's Ke Kula Kānāwai Alumni section. The entry should have read:
    Naoko Miyamoto '00, a family law specialist at Kleintop, Luria & Medeiros, was featured in an article in the February 2013 issue of Lighthouse, a Honolulu Japanese-language community magazine. Lighthouse named Naoko as one of "Hawai'i's Hard-Working Wahine" ("ハワイでがんばるワヒネたち").