January 25, 2013


  • The Jon Van Dyke Institute for International Law and Justice, and the University of Hawaiʻi Law Review 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 in Classroom 2. The public is invited and students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to help to honor and continue Jon Van Dyke's legacy.

    The symposium will feature four keynote addresses including two by Harry N. Scheiber, the Riesenfeld Professor of Law & History and Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California Berkeley Law School. Professor Scheiber will speak about “Military Government, Internal Security, and the Constitution: Hawai‘i Under Martial Law” and also “The Legacy of Jon Van Dyke’s Scholarship.”
    David Caron, Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at Berkeley Law School will speak about “Anticipatory Public Trust Doctrine: A Means for Climate Change Adaptation."

    Jerome Cohen, Professor and Director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University Law School will give a presentation on “A New Era for Chinese Justice, Reflections on the BoXilai and Chen Guangcheng Cases.”
    See "Four Keynote Addresses On Tap At Inaugural Conference at Law School."

    More than 30 international legal scholars, attorneys, and jurists will discuss legal issues in realms significant to Professor Van Dyke's career including: East Asian Seas - Conflicts, Strategies for Peaceful Resolutions and Accomplishments; International Environmental and Nuclear Law; Climate Change and Sea Level Rise; Emerging International Regimes to Control Environmental Impacts; Protecting the Ocean and its Resources; Human Rights in Asia; Utilizing Indigenous Tradition and Custom in Decision Making; and International Law and the Development of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
    See "International Scholars to Memorialize Late Law Professor Jon Van Dyke."
    A continental breakfast and lunch are included. See the Program of Events. Please RSVP here to assist in planning.

    Jon Markham Van Dyke

  • Governor Neil Abercrombie has proclaimed January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in Hawaiʻi with a program of events beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the USS Arizona, Valor of the Pacific.
    In the evening, the Law School will co-sponsor a reception at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi beginning at 5:00 p.m. Gov. Abercrombie, State Senator Will Espero, Karen Korematsu (daughter of Fred Korematsu), Carole Hayashino, Japanese Cultural Center Executive Director, Helene Minehara, a Pu’uloa evacuee, and Nicole Verdadero, a Waialua High & Intermediate School student who wrote a letter to Gov. Abercrombie requesting a Fred Korematsu Day in Hawaiʻi will be among the attendees honoring Fred Korematsu and continuing his legacy.
    Randall Wat '13 will introduce Eric Yamamoto who will moderate a panel with William Kaneko, National Vice-President of the Japanese American Citizens League, Ted Tsukiyama of Hawai‘i’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Ashley Obrey '09 of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., and Dina Shek '06 of the Medical Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai‘i.
    The program also will include a short trailer from the Korematsu documentary film, “Of Civil Wrongs & Rights,” as well as the award-winning documentary, “The Constitution and the Camps: Due Process and the Japanese American Internment” by Punahou High School student Matt Shimura.
    The free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. See "Korematsu Day, January 30, celebrates One Man’s Legacy and Reflects on Continuing Civil Rights Issues in Hawai‘i."


    Fred Korematsu


  • David Callies co-chaired the biennial land use conference sponsored by the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association (HSBA) Section of Real Property and Financial Services and the Law School, held on January 10-11. David opened the conference with a summary of important land use issues. Speakers included Robert Thomas 87, Linda Chow '88, Dawn Chang '85, Don Kitaoka '81, and Kali Watson.
    On Tuesday, David participated in an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar on land development by agreement. David was joined online by Julie Tappendorf '97 who both participated and moderated the webinar. Julie is a partner in the Ancel, Glink law firm in Chicago, which specializes in local government counselling and representation.
  • On Wednesday, Chief Disciplinary Counsel Janet Hunt and Chairman of the Board of Bar Examiners Robert Chong met with the day section of the Professional Responsibility class co-taught this semester by Randall Roth and Ken Lawson. The same day, Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82 joined Janet Hunt for the evening section. The topics for both sessions were bar admissions and bar discipline. 

    From left: Janet Hunt, Robert Chong and Ken Lawson

    Justice Sabrina McKenna and Janet Hunt


  • The Professional Development Office held the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Sections Connect event yesterday. Piyada A. Nonzee helped organize representatives from more than 12 sections to speak with interested students about the opportunities, events, and ways to get involved in the HSBA as a student.

    Tred Eyerly and Alan Van Etten  

    Diana Kim, Loren Seehase, and Keone Nakoa


  • Stephanie E.W. Thompson '05 has been promoted to Senior Litigation Counsel at the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher law firm. Stephanie practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation.
  • Michelle H. Tucker '81 was elected president of the Estate Law Specialist Board, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association which administers the Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) certification program.