January 11, 2013


  • The Law School will host “He Hali‘a Aloha No Jon: Memories of Aloha for Jon,” a symposium tribute to Jon Markham Van Dyke from January 30 to February 1.
    Over 30 international legal scholars, attorneys, and jurists will discuss legal issues in realms significant to Jon's career including: Utilizing Indigenous Tradition and Custom in Decision Making; Climate Change and Sea Level Rise; International Environmental Law; Human Rights in Asia; International Nuclear Law; Northeast Asian Seas; and International Law and the Development of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. See the program of events.
    Jon also was honored at the Third International Symposium on Scientific and Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area held in Beijing, China on November 22-23, Dr. Gao Zhiguo, Director, China Institute for Marine Affairs and Judge, International Law of the Sea Tribunal, opened the session with a minute of silence in Jon's memory.
  • The Law School will co-sponsor Fred Korematsu Day on January 30 with a special event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi beginning at 5:00 p.m. Governor Neal Abercrombie, State Senator Will Espero, and Karen Korematsu will be among the attendees who will honor Fred Korematsu and his legacy. Eric Yamamoto will moderate a panel with Dina Shek '06, Ashley Obrey '09, and Randall Watt '13. The free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
    Details of the day's events are here. Information may also be found at these sites.
    Hawaii events
    Hawaii day time event Facebook page
    Hawaii evening event Facebook page
    About Fred Korematsu Day Hawaii
    Fred Korematsu Day national calendar


  • Professor Chongko Choi of Seoul National University will speak about "Lawyers and Legal Scholars in South Korea" on Thursday, January 17 as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series. Tae-Ung Baik will talk about the role of public interest lawyers in Korea and Professor Yong Chui Park of Sogang University will address the changing legal activities of the attorneys and prosecutors after the adoption of the jury trial system. Professor Jae-Hyup Lee of Seoul National University is the discussant and Mark Levin will moderate the panel. The talk begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Court Room. Lunch will be served.

  • In December John Barkai ran his 26th Honolulu marathon.

  • On December 4, Charles Booth spoke about "The Development of Bankruptcy Law and Insolvency Infrastructures in China" at the Update on Bankruptcy Law and Restructuring Environment in China, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, (AIRA), Los Angeles Seminar.
    Charles co-drafted and presented the Third Draft Report on the Treatment of Insolvency of Natural Persons to the World Bank Meeting of the Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force Working Group on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons, in Washington, DC, on December 13-14. He chaired a session relating to creditors, exemptions, and home mortgages.
    A report Charles co-drafted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  (EBRD), "The Special Study–Legal Transition Programme Review" is available online.
    The Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton law firm November newsletter Cleargolaw News featured Charles in "The Alumni Corner with Charlie Booth."

  • Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76 received the Law School's Annual Award for Teaching Excellence.
    On December 18, Melody and Sherry Broder spoke on a panel on Law and the Right of Self-Determination at the Federal Bar Association Hawai'i Conference. The panel featured a discussion of Scotland's upcoming independence referendum and self-determination in relation to Native American nationhood. Melody talked about the legal status of Native Hawaiians and self-determination options while Sherry looked at self-determination and the role of international law.

  • Eric Yamamoto was the lead author on an amicus brief filed on December 17 in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).
    Eric authored the brief with Professor Lorraine Bannai of Seattle Law School, assisted by Cayce Greiner '10. A copy of the brief can be downloaded at RepeatingHistory.org. See also "Indefinite Detention: Echoes Of World War II Internment" published at sfgate.com on December 20.


  • On December 13, the Law School community hosted a small gathering to bid a very fond farewell to U.S. District Court Senior Judge David Ezra. Judge Ezra is moving to Texas to handle cases there.

    Avi Soifer and Judge David Ezra

    David Callies, Sherry Broder, Judge David Ezra, and U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni '78  

    Judge James Burns (ret.) and James Koshiba

    Judge Ezra and Denise Antolin

    A toast to Judge Ezra 

    Samuel King, David Callies, Adrienne King, and Randall Roth
  • The Law School's J-Term series of talks continues on Monday from noon to 1:00 p.m. when Professor Annette Gordon-Reed will talk about "The Hemingses of Monticello: Writing the Lives of an Enslaved Family."
    Professor Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History at Harvard University. She is the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History, the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and a MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant in 2010. She is the 2013 Frank Boas Visiting Harvard professor, and is sponsored by a generous grant from Mr. Frank Boas.

    From 4:30-6:00 p.m. in CR2, Professor Jerome Cohen of New York University School of Law will give a presentation on "A New Era for Chinese Justice? Reflections on the Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng Cases" reflecting in particular on the escape from house arrest last April of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng.
    Professor Cohen played a key role in the negotiations that enabled Chen to come to the U.S., deflecting a potentially damaging diplomatic crisis on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to China.
    Professor Cohen has been a professor of law at NYU since 1990 and is co-director of the U.S.- Asia Law Institute. He opened the first U.S. law firm in Beijing in 1979 and is the author of many books and articles on Chinese law. His current research focuses on criminal justice reform, human rights, and the role of international law in China. Professor Cohen also serves as a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

    The talks are part of the Law Schools J-Term series of visiting speakers.
  • In July, the American Bar Association Journal published a study that included the Law School among those with a scholarly impact well above their ranking in U.S. News & World Report.
    See "Study Names Top Law Schools For Scholarly Impact; 18 Significantly Outperform US News Ranking."


  • Punahou alumna Pohai Nuuhiwa '15 represented the Law School at the Punahou College Previews Day on December 26.
  • Zach DiIonno '13 was interviewed about educational policy on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" on January 3.
  • The Student Bar Association (SBA) held its Constitutional Convention this week at the Law School. Speakers included U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa '77, Jeffrey Acido, Avi Soifer, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell '84.

    From left: Jordan Inafuku '15, Jarrett Keohokalole '13, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa '77, Keone Nakoa '15, Justine Herrerra '13, Matt Kaaihue '15, Arik Look '15, and Mica Mizutani '15


  • An article by John Egan '00, "Hawaii's Economy Needs Immigration Reform" appeared in Pacific Business News on December 28.

  • Seth Harris ‘01, Steven Hartley ‘96, Amanda Jenssen ‘11, Mari Kishimoto ‘07, and Elsa McGehee ‘97 participated in Hartley & McGeehee law firm's 5th annual Food & Fund Drive to benefit the Hawaiʻi Food Bank. With the assistance of neighboring Kailua businesses, the firm surpassed last year's record total of 825 lbs. by collecting 1,103 lbs. of food donations, as well as monetary donations, to help feed Hawai'i’s hungry in time for the Christmas holiday.
  • Allen Hoe '76 was featured in "Though Faded, Flag Bears 45 Years Of Soldiers' Bonds," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 26 (log-in required). Allen also was featured in "Riding High" in the January/February 2013 issue of AAA Hawai'i magazine (log in required).

  • Amanda Jenssen '11 has joined the Hartley & McGehee law firm as an Associate.  The firm specializes in Family Law, Litigation and Appellate Law. Amanda was sworn in to the Hawai'i State Bar by The Honorable R. Mark Browning, Senior Judge of the Family Court, at the Ronald T. Y. Moon Kapolei Courthouse on December 17.
  • Asami Miyazawa '09 and Benjamin Williams '09 welcomed their daughter Nalani Minami Williams on September 23. Nalani was 21 inches long and weighed 7lbs 12ozs.
  • Kevin A. Souza '97 was appointed to the District Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu). Judge Souza has served as a per diem judge in the Family Court on Oahu since February 2012, and has had a private practice specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. He previously served as an associate at McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai, as a senior trial attorney at the Office of the Public Defender, and as the Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona '81.
    See "Souza Appointed To Oahu Family Court Bench," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 28 (log-in required).