January 31, 2014


  • U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will visit the Law School and teach a class on Monday, February 3. Justice Scalia also will speak briefly about constitutional interpretation, to be followed by a Question and Answer session with students from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Law School Courtyard.
    Please note that photographs may be taken in the first two minutes and at the end of the session only. There will be no video photography or media interviews. Visitor parking is available in the quarry parking structure. See "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Lecture At UH Law School Mon. Feb. 3."
  • The Law School is celebrating our first 40 years throughout this academic year. Please join us for a special celebration on Friday, April 11 on the Iolani Palace Barracks Lawn. See "Celebrating 40 Years of William S. Richardson School of Law" and our 40th Anniversary Magazine "Leading the Way".


  • Tae-Ung Baik and Dale Lee will participate in an international conference on Korean Immigration and Multiculturalism on February 13 at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium on the University of Hawaiʻi campus.
    Speakers will present papers on "Korean Immigration to the United States," "Korean Identity in the Global Community," and "Multiculturism."
    The Law School; Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea; Center for Korean Studies; Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; Korean American Foundation Hawaiʻi; Asia Institute, Osaka University of Economics and Law, Japan; and Department of Social Welfare, Ewha Woman's University, Korea are co-sponsoring the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m.


  • On Wednesday, Danielle Conway; Jelani Madaraka,‎ lead civil rights analyst at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and William D. Hoshijo, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission discussed "Fair Housing and Civil Rights in Hawaii" as part of Danielle's "Life in the Law" series, which is broadcast live every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. on thinktechhawaii.com
    On Tuesday, February 4, Danielle will give a keynote speech, "At the Intersection of Public Procurement Law & Policy and the Merit Shop" at the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.-Hawaii Chapter's 2014 General Membership Meeting and Board Induction Ceremony at the Harbor View Center at Pier 38. 
    On Wednesday, February 12, Danielle will speak about "Intellectual Property Law & Policy in a Digital World" to the Communication and Information Science (CIS) Interdisciplinary Program beginning at 3:50 p.m. in Hamilton Library, 3F.
    Danielle wrote: "CIS is a unique interdisciplinary Ph.D program that spans four units and three colleges across UH: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences and the Library and Information Science Program in the College of Natural Sciences; the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences; and the Department of Information Technology Management in the Shidler College of Business. The program’s 27 students have very diverse research interests including intercultural communication, e-government, medical informatics, and online detection of human trafficking patterns. The lecture is free and open to all interested faculty, staff, and students."

  • Avi Soifer participated in a workshop for teachers, "Created Equal: America's Struggle for Civil Rights" for teachers at Chaminade University last Saturday. As moderator for the afternoon session, Avi joined panelists Lyla Berg, former state representative and founding director of Kids Voting Hawai'i; Judge Daniel R. Foley, Intermediate Court of Appeals and adjunct professor of civil rights; and Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Steven Levinson to discuss "The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and Civic Education.
    The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, Chaminade History Center, and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education co-sponsored the workshop.

  • On January 23, Kapuaʻala Sproat '98 wrote: "Mahalo piha for all of your support and aloha for our growing family. We so enjoyed spending time with folks at the gorgeous shower on Friday and are deeply grateful for your gifts and kokua! Thank you for making the time to celebrate this special time with us. Mahalo piha, Kapua & Kala"

    Kala Hoe and Kapua Sproat '98

  • Eric Yamamoto, Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82, and Honolulu attorney John Egan '00 participated in a program, "Undaunted Courage and Civil Liberties" yesterday at Aliʻiolani Hale.
    Following opening remarks by Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Eric spoke 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, after a team of young lawyers including Eric had filed a coram nobis petition to reopen the case.
    Justice McKenna provided insight into the life of the late Patsy T. Mink, who broke gender barriers and helped establish the groundwork for women's equality in education, and about her impact and indelible legacy of equality for all.
    John Egan '00, who specializes in immigration law, discussed the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and the current struggle faced by undocumented youth brought to this country as children.
    Governor Neil Abercrombie designated January 30, which was Fred Korematsu's birthday, as Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day every year to recognize the actions of individuals who have fought for the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans.



  • On Tuesday, the Environmental Law Program Colloquium Series presented the first of three talks by Visiting Scholar Antonio Oposa. Professor Oposa spoke about "The Road-Sharing Movement: Philippine Environmental Law in Action," that seeks to transform transportation systems so that "those who have less in wheels have more in road."

    Antonio Oposa

    Colloquium attendees

    From left: Diane Desierto, Denise Antolini, Eric Yamamoto, Professor Emeritus Belinda Aquino (School of Pacifc and Asian Studies), Antonio Oposa, and Jae-Hyup Lee


  • The Law School's Environmental Law Moot Court Team: Maria Robben '14, Angelica Zabanal '14, and Rodney Withall '15 finished as runners-up at the IELMC North American Regional competition held January 24-25 at Denver University's Sturm College of Law. Maria also was named Third Best Oralist in the Preliminary Rounds, and the team submitted the second ranked memorial in the competition.
    Team adviser David Forman' 93 wrote: "In the first round, WSRSL prevailed over the Eugene Dupuch School of Law (Bahamas) -- which had the second and fourth best oralists during the Preliminary Rounds.  In the second round, WSRSL took out 2013 champion Pepperdine.  WSRSL then beat American University in the third round. In the power-matched fourth round pitting the two remaining undefeated squads, our team upset the #1 ranked team from Hastings.
    WSRSL knocked out Pace University in the semifinal round, earning a rematch with Hastings (which beat Maryland).  Following a spirited Final Round, Hastings was named the winner of the regional competition.  Both Hastings and WSRSL now advance to the International Rounds to be held April 10-12 at the Stetson University School of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
    The team would like to extend particular thanks to Prof. Diane Desierto for her invaluable assistance, along with all of the volunteer judges who helped prepare the team to do so well. Mahalo nui loa!"

    From left: Rodney Withall '15, Angelica Zabanal '14, Maria Robben '14, and David Forman '93
  • On February 6, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will present Maoli Thursday featuring Stacy Sproat-Beck, executive director of the Waipā Foundation and Makahiapo Cashman, director of Ka Papa Loʻi o Kānewai at UH Mānoa and Ka Papa Loʻi o Punaluʻu who will discuss "Opportunities and Obstacles in Loʻi Kalo Restoration." Joseph Farber, environmentalist and community planner will moderate the discussion.
    The free forum is open to the public and begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Moot Court Room. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 at www2.hawaii.edu/~kahuliao.


  • Norman H.Y. Cheng '02, a director at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher law firm, was recognized by Chambers USA 2014 in the practice of Real Estate Law.
  • Doug Cole '10 was featured in an in-depth article, "Doug Cole: The Land Trust Attorney is Working to Keep Turtle Bay Lands in Conservation and Open to the Public," in the Insight section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 24 (log-in required).
  • In December, Leila Gonzalez-Rigatto 'LLM, 2010 was appointed a Contracts Procurement Agent at The Boeing Company in Seattle.
  • Mark M. Murakami '99 was recently promoted to Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Mark has served for 22 years with the Coast Guard, both on active duty and in the Reserves. He has been an attorney with Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert law firm since 2005.