January 18, 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.
    More than 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.


  • Tae-Ung Baik gave several presentations in Seoul on his recently published book on comparative law issues.
    On November 30, Tae-Ung gave a presentation at Korea University on "East Asian Community and Human Rights Cooperation" and on December 5, he spoke there about "Korea's Role in Promoting Regional Human Rights Systems in Asia."
    The following week, he presented "A Comparison of the Common Law System and the Civil Law System in Law School" at Sungkyunkwan University and, on December 14, he gave a talk on "Teaching Korean Law in North America" at the Global Korean Law Conference hosted by the Korean Legislation and Research Institute (KLRI).
  • David Callies was featured in an article, "The UH Law Professor Says Too Many Land-Use Rules In Hawaii Have Led To “Back Door” Development," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 11 (log-in required).
  • On Thursday, Professor Chongko Choi of Seoul National University gave a talk about "Lawyers and Legal Scholars in South Korea" as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series. Tae-Ung Baik spoke about the role of public interest lawyers in Korea and Visiting Professor Yong Chul Park discussed the changing legal activities of the attorneys and prosecutors after the adoption of the jury trial system. Visiting Professor Jae-Hyup Lee was the discussant and Mark Levin moderated the panel.
  • Visiting Professor Jerome Cohen was featured in an article, "Attorney Visiting UH Shares Insight On China" that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, January 13.
    On Monday, Professor Cohen gave a presentation to a large audience on "A New Era for Chinese Justice? Reflections on the Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng Cases" as part of the Law School's J-Term series of speakers.

    Jerome Cohen

    Alison Connor, Tae-Ung Baik, and Jerome Cohen

    Jerome Cohen and students
  • David M. Forman '93 and Susan K. Serrano ’98 recently published "Ho‘ohana Aku, a Ho‘ōla Aku: A Legal Primer for Traditional and Customary Rights in Hawai‘i." The primer -- with support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs -- provides an introduction to Hawai‘i law governing traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights. Ka Huli Ao Center will conduct community education workshops this Spring featuring the primer which will be made available online.
  • On January 12, Ka Huli Ao Center hosted a training program on Native Hawaiian Law for state boards, commissions, and councils. "Kuleana —Privilege and Responsibility" opened with a welcome by Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe and a keynote address by Board of Land & Natural Resources Chairman William Aila.
    Speakers included Professor of Ethnic Studies Davianna P. McGregor, who provided cultural background and a foundation for the program, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76, who spoke about state agency trust duties in relation to the Public Land Trust, David Forman '93, on the status of the law on traditional and customary Rights, Kapuaʻala Sproat ʻ98, who spoke on the role of state decision makers in fulfilling the public trust in relation to water, and Malia Akutagawa '97, who discussed the legal issues surrounding protection of Iwi Kūpuna (ancestral remains).
    Derek Kauanoe '08 and Susan K. Serrano '98 created the training materials and organized the event that had more than 100 attendees, including several state legislators. The Native Hawaiian Law training program is a partnership between Ka Huli Ao Center and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

    William Aila gave the opening address and Senator Clayton Hee (seated)

    Davianna P. McGregor provided a historical context for the Native Hawaiian Law Training Program.

  • The Law School welcomes Professor Yong Chul Park from Sogang University, Seoul. Professor Park will conduct research until the end of 2013. He specializes in Comparative Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He has a JSD and an LLM. from Cornell University, and an LLM from George Washington University Law School. He will be using the Visitors/Adjunct Room 256.

    Yong Chul Park

  • The Law School also welcomes returning Professors Jae-Hyup Lee and Jisuk Woo who are visiting until late March.
    Jae-Hyup Lee, a Professor of Law at Seoul National University, earned his JD at Northwestern University School of Law, a PhD In American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Seoul National University. At SNU, Professor Lee teaches courses related to Anthropology of Law, Law and Social Sciences, International Environmental Law, and Anglo-American Law.
    Jisuk Woo, a Professor at Seoul National University, School of Public Administration, earned her JD from New York University and has a Ph.D and MA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Economics from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Professor Woo has published several works relating to Copyright Law, Internet Governance, Intellectual Property, and Privacy in the Interactive Media Environment.
    Professors Lee and Woo will participate in conferences and conduct research in Hawaiʻi. They also will use the Visitors/Adjunct Room 256.

    Jae-Hyup Lee

    Jisuk Woo

  • Jill Ramsfield received the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of legal writing at the AALS Annual Meeting on January 5 in New Orleans. Jill was introduced by Legal Writing Institute founder Chris Rideout who warmly paid tribute to her writing and conducting the first four national surveys of legal writing, publishing many significant scholarly articles that shaped current intellectual approaches to teaching legal research and writing, and establishing a Writers’ Workshop for legal writing scholars. 
    In her acceptance speech, Jill could not resist using a pneumonic: “T” for the time it has taken to establish legal writing as a permanent part of the legal academy; “H” for the many highs this close group of colleagues has experienced in working together, “A” for the efforts colleagues continue to use with the ABA and AALS to get equal pay and status in every school for legal writing professors, “N” for the many nights spent grading papers, “K” for the strong kinships formed throughout the years, and “S” for the students, without whom we would be nothing. Jill said, “Our students keep us honest, humble, and at our best.”

    Jill Ramsfield

    Avi Soifer, Jill Ramsfield, and Christopher Rideout

    Gene and Jill Ramsfield
    On Wednesday, Jill sent the Law School faculty and staff this message:
    Dear Friends and Colleagues,
    This will be my last semester as a full-time faculty member at Richardson. Gene and I are turning the page to a new chapter. Thank you for the good work we have done together and the fine friendships we have formed. Gene and I wish you all the very best.

    Avi Soifer responded:
    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    I am certain that the entire Law School community will join with me in expressing our great gratitude to Jill and our best wishes to her and to Gene for all their future adventures.
 Please stay tuned for news about how we celebrate her many contributions and bid her a fond farewell.

    Mahalo nui and warm aloha,

  • On January 7, Randall Roth gave a presentation to the Social Science Association on “Deconstructing The Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Old Hawaiian Trusts and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy.”

  • Kapua Sproat '98 spoke to the Mills College Club of Hawaiʻi about her work in water rights preservation on January 13.

    Lyn Flanigan '81, Michell Tucker '81, whose daughter attends Mills, Kapua Sproat '98, and Laureen Wong '78


  • On January 11, a delegation from Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan visited the Law School as part of an agreement between Chuo University and UH Mānoa. Chuo University Chancellor & President Tadahiko Fukuhara -- a former dean of Chuo's law school -- led the delegation of faculty and staff that included Professor Masahiko Omura, also a former dean of Chuo's law school who now serves as Director of the International Center of Chuo University. Former UHM Vice Chancellor Sylvia Yuen arranged their visit and Ned Schultz, the head of the UH School of Pacific & Asian Studies, coordinated their schedule.
    At the Law School, Tae-Ung Baik, Mark levin, Spencer Kimura '96, and Avi Soifer, discussed areas of common interest and exchange. Past students from Chuo University have joined the 10-day Study Tour in Hawaiʻi with the University of the Ryukyus.

    Back row from left: Spencer Kimura '98, Mark Levin, Shigenori Wakabayashi, and Tae-Ung Baik. Front Row from left: Mayumi Hori, Sylvia Yuen, Tadahiko Fukuhara, Avi Soifer, Masahiko Omura, Ned Shultz, and Stephen Hesse



  • Glenn Melchinger '98 recently completed teaching during a three-month semester at Nagoya University Law School where he taught two courses including Contemporary Japan Law.