February 7, 2014


  • Sherry P. Broder was recently appointed an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Research Program at the East-West Center. The Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice will also have an office at the East-West Center. 
  • On Wednesday, David Callies summarized current planning law cases for the Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association at its monthly meeting in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) offices in Honolulu. 
  • A commentary by Derek Kauanoe '08, "Law of the Splintered Paddle Should Apply to Hawaii's Homeless" appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser yesterday (log-in required).
  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Mari Matsuda with the 2014 Justice in Action Award at its 40th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, March 25 in New York City.
    The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognizes exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late Fred Korematsu, Salman Rushdie, Seymour Hersh, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl Wu Dunn, Harry Belafonte, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.
  • On Monday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia taught a class to an overflow audience as part of the Real Property Law course taught by David Callies. Justice Scalia then offered remarks about constitutional interpretation, followed by a Question and Answer sesson with students in the Courtyard. Among the far-ranging topics he spoke about the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, and in particular about the Supreme Court's 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Fred Kore­ma­tsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.
    An Associated Press article, "Internments Can Happen Again, Scalia Warns," quoting Justice Scalia and Avi Soifer, appeared in the Honolulu Star Advertiser and in The Washington Post on Tuesday. See also "Justice Antonin Scalia Visits UH Law School" in Ka Leo on Tuesday.
    On Wednesday, Avi wrote: "Mahalo nui loa to all of you who rose to the occasion and worked so hard to make Justice Scalia's visit such a roaring success. Our staff members did extraordinarily well under difficult conditions and our faculty and students were similarly gracious hosts as well as skillful questioners.
    A special thank you, along with a big shout out, to Marnelli Basilio and Lyn Flanigan '81; to Beadie Dawson '81 and her daughters, Donne and Lani; and to Randy Roth and Phil Ching for making it all possible.
    We also express our gratitude to the Case, Lombardi, and Pettit law firm for their ongoing, generous support over many years for our programs featuring visiting jurists. With warm aloha, Avi."

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

    Justice Scalia and David Callies 

    Justice Scalia teaches the Real Property Law class

    Address in the Courtyard

    Question and Answer session with students

    From left: David Callies, Justice Scalia, Randall Roth, and Avi Soifer
  • Kapuaʻala Sproat '98 and Kalā Hoe welcomed their son Olamaunāpuaokalāhui Namahana Sproat-Hoe on Wednesday at 7:59 a.m. He is 19 1/2 inches and weighs 6 lbs. 9.6 ounces. The entire ʻohana is doing well.
  • Eric Yamamoto was acknowledged in the opening dedication of a recent U.S. Supreme Court petition that challenges a post 9/11 law allowing open-ended detention of Americans on vague government claims of national security. The petition in Hedges v. Obama is dedicated to Fred Korematsu and Nelson Mandela and acknowledges "Eric Yamamoto as 'Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice'" for his work on national security/civil liberties.
    Eric and other members of the Korematsu coram nobis legal team counsel submitted a formal letter to U.S. Solicitor General Verrilli and U.S. Attorney General Holder in support of the Hedges certiorari petition, asking the Solicitor General to repudiate the WWII Korematsu and Hirabayashi decisions as authority for indefinite detentions of citizens and legal residents without charges or trial.


  • On Friday, the Law School held a small party to bid farewell to Gary Cordova and to wish him well in his new position as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Mid-Pacific Institute.  

    Gary Cordova

    The Farewell Cake

    Avi Soifer and Gary Cordova
  • On January 29, the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL) sponsored a talk by Professor Diana Criclivaia of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at Moldova State University, entitled “Needs, Realities, and How to Move Forward: The Differences Between the Tax Collecting Cultures of Moldova and the United States of America."

    Diana Criclivaia and Charles Booth

  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted Maoli Thursday, at which Stacy Sproat-Beck, executive director of the Waipā Foundation and Makahiapo Cashman, director of Ka Papa Loʻi o Kānewai at UH Mānoa and Ka Papa Loʻi o Punaluʻu discussed "Opportunities and Obstacles in Loʻi Kalo Restoration."
    Part Time Evening Student Joseph Farber moderated the discussion.


  • The Environmental Law Program and the Indigenous Politics Program will host a colloquium today at which Professor Allison Carruth, of UCLA will speak about “Seed Politics and Practices.”
    Professor Carruth received her PhD from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree form Grinnel College. She has done extensive research and writing on food policy and politics issues and is a co-organizer of the Food Justice conference.
    The colloquium will begin at 11:45 a.m. in CR2
  • The Law School's Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO) will host its annual Lunar New Year Festival from 6:00-9:00 p.m. tonight in the Courtyard. Evening festivities include Lion Dancers, calligraphy, origami, fortune cookie making, and a Chinese dinner. Entry is a suggested donation of $10 per ticket.


  • Seth T. Buckley '10, Catherine L.M. Hall '13, and Onaona P. Theone '13 have joined Carlsmith Ball law firm as associates.
    Seth is a member of Carlsmith's Corporate & Business and Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups; Catherine has joined the Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group; and Onaona practices within the Environmental and Corporate & Business Practice Groups.
  • Shawn Ching '03 was the featured subject in Midweek's column, "Old Friends" on Wednesday.
  • Judy A. Tanaka '90 has been named a stockholder/director at the Alston Hunt Lloyd & Ing law firm. Judy practices in the area of commercial, real estate, and construction litigation as well as transactions including entity formation, commercial leasing and contracts. She also serves on the panel of court-appointed arbitrators for the Hawai`i Court Annexed Arbitration Program.