January 24, 2014

Announcements

                                      
  

Faculty

  • Charles Booth was invited to join the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Financial Forum/APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Capital Markets (Information) Workstream. The committee will examine and identify the strengths and the areas for improvement of information for investors in Asian debt markets. Charles will be a member of the Investor Rights in Insolvency Sub-Group. The project is expected to continue through 2015.
      
  • Ron Brown was invited to speak in Helsinki, Finland at the Seminar on ILO Labor Rights in China: Legal Implementation and Cultural Logic, sponsored by the University of Helsinki Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Culture and its Academy of Finland Research Project on January 16 and 17.
    China and the U.S. are currently negotiating a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) that contains labor protection provisions recognized under ILO standards, which if accepted, would be a first for China. Ron's paper, "China: Implementing ILO Standards by BITS and Pieces (within FTAs)" presented an evaluation of such an international treaty’s influence and obligations under the 2012 U.S. Model BIT and discussed how well China’s labor laws meet international standards. Also participating were Virginia Gomes, Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Kari Tapiola, Special Advisor to the Director-General, ILO; and other academics and government officials.
     

    Ron Brown
     
  • On Wednesday, Danielle Conway, Lenora Lee, and James Pietsch discussed the "UH Elder Law Program: Prepare for the Worst and Expect the Best" as part of Danielle's "Life in the Law" series, which airs live every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. on thinktechhawaii.com.
       
  • On Tuesday, Tokyo international lawyer Tasuku Matsuo, a longstanding friend of the Law School and of several faculty, was a guest speaker in the "International Business Transactions" class taught by Mark Levin. Mark wrote: "Mr. Matsuo shared remarkable stories beginning from his youth in lmperial Japan through the challenges of the war years, and his nearly sixty years of domestic and international law practice with clients, including Sir Paul McCartney and Jazz great Miles Davis."
     

    From left: Diane Desierto, Charles Booth, Mark Levin, Tasuku Matsuo, Danielle Conway, and David Callies
      
     
    From left: Megumi Lachapelle '15, Kevin Argote '15, Brady Lee '14 (LLM), Tasuku Matsuo, Mark Levin, and Ben Sill '15

Administration

  • On Wednesday, the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL) and Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) co-sponsored a seminar, “Doing Business in China: An Overview of the Business Life Cycle” held at the Law School. The speakers, Ms. Jane Ying, Esq. of the Global Law Office and Mr. Thomas Wang, Esq. of the JoinWay Law Firm in Shanghai, China are Visiting Chinese Counsel at Cades Schutte law firm.
     

    From left: Charles Booth, Thomas Wang, Jane Ying, and Lawrence Foster '81
     
  • The National Jurist winter 2014 preLaw magazine featured the Law School as a "Success Story" in an article, "Should Law Schools be Colorblind?" In the same issue, the Law School was ranked sixth in the nation for clinical education. See “Top Schools for Clinics.”
     

Students

  • On Monday, Valerie Dionne '14 was interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio's program "The Conversation" in a segment about "Law Students with Diverse Backgrounds." During the program, Valerie also gave a preview of the Students of Color and Cultural Diversity Open House held at the Law School on Wednesday. At the Open House, Khara Jabola Carolus ’15, Laura Cushman ’15, Nadine Ortega ’15, Evening Part time student Kauʻi Pratt, Keani Rawlins '15, Renee Togafau ’15, and Valerie shared their law school experiences.
    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison served as moderator as the panelists discussed values at Richardson that contributed to being recognized as the nation's "Best Environment for Minority Students" by The Princeton Review in its 2014 rankings.
    The event was co-sponsored by La Alianza, Center for Philippine Studies (CPS), Filipino Law Students Association, Office of the Gender Equity Specialist at UH Mānoa, Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women, Katipunan, Mānoa Pre-Law Association, UH Mānoa Pre-Law Advising Center, La Raza Unida, Scholars of Color, and Timpuyog Ilokano Student Organization.
     

    The panel and attendees
     
  • The Law School's inaugural Black Law Students Mock Trial Team has advanced to the National Finals after taking second place last weekend in Sacramento, California. Team members are Leon Davenport '14, Cameron Holm '15, Josh Michaels '15, and Tawnee Sakima '14.
    Team adviser Ken Lawson wrote: "Hawaiʻi will be joined by Southwestern Law School and the University of Washington as representatives of the Western Region this March in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year's problem was loosely based on a drug deal gone bad, and asked of its participants to split into groups of two and argue for the State or the criminal defendant against other teams in the competition. The first place team won by just 1 point!
     

    From left: Josh Michaels '15, Tawnee Sakima '14, Cameron Holm '15 and Leon Davenport '14

Alumni

  • Karen L. (Stanitz) Gabler '92 and Jonathan Fraser Light, employment law attorneys and founding partners of LightGabler law firm in Camarillo, California, have both been named Southern California Super Lawyers. This is the third consecutive year the partners have both been named. The designation “Super Lawyer” is reserved for the top 5 percent of attorneys in California. Karen and Mr. Light were both named for their expertise in employment law advice and counsel as well as litigation.
      
  • Cades Schutte law firm named Amanda M. Jones '07 and Nathan T. Okubo '06 as partners. Amanda practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Nathan practices in the areas of Real Estate; Banking and Finance; Hospitality and Resort Property; Public Utilities and Telecommunications; and Land Use, Zoning and Entitlements.
     
  • Linda (Young) Lee '91 was appointed to Washington State Court of Appeals for Division II. Linda has served as a Superior Court Judge since she was appointed to the bench in 2004.  See "Linda Lee Appointed To Court of Appeals" in The News Tribune on December 30.
     
  • Michi Momose '12, Stacy K. Takekawa '12, Andrea K Ushijima '13, and Carolyn Voulgaridis '13 recently joined Cades Schutte law firm. Michi and Carolyn practice in the Litigation Department, Stacey joined the Trusts and Estates Department, and Andrea joined the Finance and Real Estate Department.
      
  • Richard Ting '07 appeared on the big screen with actors Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana in his role as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh in the film "Lone Survivor." After law school, Rich returned to Los Angeles and had an opportunity to work on his first Warner Bros. film. Rich wrote: "From that point on, I dove into the entertainment industry working on major Hollywood films as well as filming in both Southeast Asia and Korea," He looks forward to returning to Hawai'i in the future and says, "I miss all of my Richardson classmates and professors greatly."
     

    Mark Wahlberg and Rich Ting '07
     

    Eric Bana and Rich Ting '07
     
  • Marti Townsend '06 was featured in an article, "Marti Townsend: The executive director of The Outdoor Circle is determined to protect Hawaii's scenic environment" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last Friday (log-in required). Marti was appointed executive director of the Outdoor Circle in May 2012.