January 17, 2014




  • On January 11, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted a training on Native Hawaiian Law for state lawmakers and members of boards, commissions, and councils. Over 100 people attended to learn about trust obligations in relation to Native Hawaiian cultural and natural resources.
    Derek Kauanoe '08 wrote: "Malia Akutagawa '97 discussed the laws relating to iwi kūpuna or Native Hawaiian human burial remains, David Forman '93 presented on Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76 opened the training and gave attendees a presentation on Hawaiʻi’s Public Land Trust, and Kapua Sproat '98 explained the legal and cultural framework for water resource management in Hawaiʻi.
    Law students Michelle Ching '15, Shae Kamakaʻala '14, Evening Part Time students Teresa Kaneakua and Kauʻi Pratt, Keone Nakoa '15, Keani Rawlins '15, and Rebecca Soon '16 provided meaningful support for the training and helped make it a success."
    Government representatives at the training included federal employees, state House and Senate staff, members and staff of the Natural Area Reserves System Commission, the Kauaʻi-Niʻihau Burial Council, the Environmental Council, the Department of the Attorney General, the Departments of Agriculture, Health, Land and Natural Resources, and Transportation, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, State Water Commission, County Councils, Honolulu Planning Commission; Honolulu Office of Council Services, Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting; the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission, and the Board of Water Supply.
    The Native Hawaiian Law training program is a partnership between Ka Huli Ao Center and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

    From left: David Forman '93, Kapua Sproat '98, Jocelyn Doane '07, Malia Akutagawa '97, Melody MacKenzie '76, Derek Kauanoe '08, and Kamana'opono Crabbe (Chief Operating Officer, Office of Hawaiian Affairs)

    From left: Michelle Ching '15, Evening Parti Time Students Kau'i Pratt and Teresa Kaneakua, and Shaelene Kamaka'ala '14

    From left: Keone Nakoa '15, Rebecca Soon 16, and Keani Rawlins '15
  • Avi Soifer spoke on a Hot Topics panel about "Enhancing the Law School Climate for Faculty and Students of Color: What Academic Leaders Need to Know," at the Association of American Law Schools' (AALS) Annual Meeting in New York on January 3.
  • In recognition of Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day, Eric Yamamoto, Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82, and Honolulu attorney John Egan '00 will participate in a program, "Undaunted Courage and Civil Liberties" on Thursday, January 30 at Aliʻiolani Hale.
    Eric will speak about Fred Korematsu who was arrested and convicted of defying government orders to report to a Japanese internment camp during World War II. On Nov. 10, 1983, 41 years later, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel vacated Korematsu’s conviction, an action considered pivotal in civil rights history.
    Justice McKenna will provide insight into the life of Patsy T. Mink, who broke gender barriers and set the ground work for women's equality in education, and about her impact and indelible legacy of equality for all.
    John Egan, who specializes in immigration law, will discuss the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and the current struggle faced by undocumented youth brought to this country as children.
    The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
    Governor Neil Abercrombie designated January 30, which was Fred Korematsu's birthday, as Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day each year to recognize the actions of individuals who have fought for the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans.


  • Professor Kathryn Davis of UH Second Language Studies department will speak about the current state and future of English Language education in Hawaiʻi and beyond as part of "The Impact of Immigration and English Language Learners on Education in Hawaiʻi," an Educational Policy Center Conference at the Law School tomorrow.
    Panelists William Hoshijo, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission; Joakim Peter, Chuukese community advocate; and Victor Gemiani, executive director of Lawyers for Equal Justice/Appleseed will examine some of the legal dimensions of immigration and language education in Hawaiʻi.
    Panelists Andy Weigand, coordinator of English Language Learner (ELL) services for the Department of Education; Diane Murakami, ELL teacher/coordinator; Dr. Graham Crookes, professor and researcher in the Second Language Studies department; and Dr. Patricia Halagao, professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies and member of the Board of Education will explore the challenges and opportunities created by immigrant and ELL students for educational policy makers in Hawaiʻi.
    The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Classroom 2. The College of Education and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work join the Law School as co-sponsors of the conference and Deans Donald Young and Noreen Mokuau will join Avi Soifer in welcoming attendees.
  • The Law School warmly welcomes Visiting Scholars Antonio Oposa and Yasuhei Taniguchi.
    Professor Oposa is one of Asia's leading voices in Environmental Law. He holds a business degree from the De La Salle University and a law degree from the University of the Philippines. He received his Master of Laws from the Harvard Law School. A scuba diver and avid nature lover, he established the School of the SEAs (Sea and Earth Advocates) on Bantayan Island in the Central Philippines. The School is powered entirely by renewable energy, recycles water, and is an experiential learning center for sustainable living. Professor Oposa will teach a class on the "Environmental Law in the Philippines."

    Antonio Oposa

    Professor Taniguchi, Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University in Japan, is internationally recognized for his expertise in comparative and transnational legal studies. He has a rich and fascinating background as a leading scholar in several areas of law including Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insolvency Law, and International Trade Law. He served as a member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, with one year as its chair. While maintaining a post-retirement teaching career, he is presently of counsel to the Matsuo & Kosugi Law Firm in Tokyo and serves on numerous government advisory panels. Professor Taniguchi returns to the Law School to teach a class on "International Commercial Arbitration."

    Yasuhei Taniguchi 
  • The Law School is now accepting February and June LSAT Scores for Fall 2014 Admission. Applicants to Richardson may now apply after our February 1 priority deadline but are strongly encouraged to apply before February 1. See "How to Apply."


  • On Wednesday, January 22, Khara Jabola Carolus ’15, Valerie Dionne ’14, Laura Cushman ’15, Nadine Ortega ’15, and Renee Togafau ’15 will share their law school experiences as part of the "Students of Color and Cultural Diversity Open House." The discussion -- with input from Elisabeth Steele Hutchison -- aims to help prospective students understand the transition to law school. The panel will discuss a wide range of topics including the values at Richardson that led to it being recognized as the "Best Environment for Minority Students" by The Princeton Review in its 2014 rankings. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. See "Panel of law students from diverse backgrounds to hold discussion."


  • Jocelyn M. Doane  '07 was awarded the 2013 Office of Hawaiian Affairs Employee of the Year. Jocelyn works in OHA's Public Policy Program. She was among the first three students to graduate with the Law School's Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Certificate with a Specialization in Native Hawaiian Law.

    Jocelyn Doane '07 and Sterling Wong (OHA 2013 Manager of the Year)
  • Nicole M. Torres '13 was sworn in at the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona this week. Nicole was admitted to the NMI Bar in October 2013, and is now able to practice in the CNMI’s federal court.

    Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona (center) and Nicole M. Torres '13 (center right) with Chief Justice Alexandro Castro (far left), parents Priscilla and William Torres (far right), and family members and friends