July 12, 2013


  • A new book, Governing Ocean Resources: New Challenges and Emerging Regimes: A Tribute to Judge Choon-Ho Park co-authored by Sherry Broder, Jon M. Van Dyke, Seokwoo Lee, and Jin-Hyun Paik examines the current state of the Law of the Sea. The book covers a wide range of topics including Maritime Boundary Delimitations, Claims to the Extended Continental Shelf, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Military Activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone, Piracy, Fishery Management, and Climate Change.
    Governing Ocean Resources is dedicated to the immense contributions made by the late Judge Choon-ho Park, former Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
  • David Callies delivered the keynote address before 250 professional planners at the annual meeting of the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association in Portland, Oregon on May 29. He also co-chaired a panel on current land use issues at the conference on the same day. 
    On June 14, David spoke about current national land use issues at the monthly brown-bag luncheon meeting of the Hawaii State Bar Association Section on Real Property and Financial Services.
    During the week of July 8, David participated as a panelist on two teleconferences (American Bar Association Professors Corner and American Real Estate Lawyers Association Land Use Committee) and a Webinar (ABA) discussing the holding and implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, in which the Court held local and state government may not require landowners to pay for roads, schools, parks, water and sewer facilities unless their proposed development projects generate a need for such facilities.
  • On May 31, Williamson Chang presented a paper on “Indigenous Values and the Law of the Sea” at the 2013 Law and Society Annual Meeting in Boston. He also chaired and acted as the discussant for a panel on “Postcolonial Identities and Cultures."
    Williamson's article on the Law of the Sea is a chapter in the recently published book, Governing Ocean Resources, New Challenges and Emerging Regimes (see above).
  • Danielle Conway is featured in an article, "China’s Copycat Phenomenon: Fake Apple Stores Still Booming in Southern China," in TeaLeafNation on June 4.
  • The Law School community welcomes Ronette M. Kawakami '85 who will serve as our new Associate Dean for Student Affairs beginning July 19 (pending Board of Regents notice and presidential approval). Ronnie's distinguished career includes 26 years at the State Public Defender's Office where she served as a Senior Deputy Public Defender and completed approximately 100 felony jury trials in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit and appeared in six oral arguments before the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.
    As an Adjunct Professor of Law, Ronnie co-taught the Law School’s Defense Clinic from 2000-2012 and she was recognized as Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2003 and 2010.  She also served as Director and Secretary at the Hawaii State Bar Association from 2000-2012.
    Ronnie currently is a member of the Hawai’i Supreme Court Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts and she is a frequent speaker and trainer in the schools and for lawyers and others involved in the judicial system. Ronnie is an active alumna of the Law School, and played regularly for the Bruzers in the Ete Bowl.
  • Linda Krieger and Kath Sands were the featured couple in "On Long Path to Marriage," a front page story in the Insights Section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on July 7 (log-in required).
  • Justin Levinson appeared as a live studio guest on Hawaii News Now's "Sunrise" show.  He discussed the role of race and juries in current high profile court cases.  See "UH law school professor discusses race as a factor of high-profile cases."
  • The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation announced the election of William K. "Bill" Richardson to its Board of Trustees. See "Business Briefs" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on July 9 (log-in required).
  • Avi Soifer will participate in a panel discussion, "Drones over Hawaiʻi," hosted by ThinkTech at the Plaza Club on July 25. Avi joins panelists Carl Baker, Pacific Forum CSIS; Song Choi, UH College of Engineering; State Representative Gene Ward, and Jeff Williams, Williams Aerospace to discuss the use and development of drones in Hawaiʻi and the law, ethics, and foreign policy implications of drone use. Peter Crouch, Dean of UH College of Engineering will moderate.
    Registration for the noon luncheon program is at 11:30 a.m. or at hvca.org or call Gail at 382-4638.
    Avi also will participate on a HSBA Leadership Fellows panel this afternoon to discuss "National Security v. the First amendment" with United States Attorney Florence Nakakuni '78, Hawaiʻi Attorney General David Louie, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division Michael Nammar, and Jeff Portnoy, partner, Cades Schutte. Mayor Kirk Caldwell '84 organized the session.
  • The second edition of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, co-authored by Eric Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Jerry Kang, Carol Izumi, and Frank H. Wu, was recently published. The book is dedicated to Asian Americans and the law and offers insights into the Japanese American Internment during World War II and the successful reparations movement of the 1980s, and it examines the Asian American legal experience and extrapolates from it. See "First of Its Kind Book on Asian Americans and the Law, 2nd Edition" and "Hawaiʻi Law Professor's New Book on Internment Law in Post 9/11 World



  • Please welcome Minara Mordecai who joined the Law School on July 1. Minara will focus on special projects and will work immediately to support the Law School's efforts in outreach, communications, and admissions. Minara most recently served as the Associate Director of Admissions at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Her temporary office is Room 216; phone: 956-5516, email: minara.mordecai@gmail.com.

    Minara Mordecai

  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison participated in a panel discussion, "Building Effective Partnerships Between Pre-Law Advisors and Admissions Professionals," at the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Conference in Philadelphia, PA on June 19.  Panelists included: Jill Nikirk, assistant dean of admissions, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; Michelle Rahman, associate dean for admissions, University of Richmond School of Law; Gregory J. Shaffer, coordinator of pre-law advising and pre-law advisor, letters & sciences, University of Maryland at College Park; and Michael Vitlip, pre-law advisor, Drexel University. Jay Shively, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, Wake Forest University School of Law, facilitated the panel discussion.

    Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors
  • Nearly 300 legislators, judges, attorneys, students and members of the public attended the 2013 Access to Justice Conference held at the Law School on June 21. Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald spoke about recent achievements by the Hawai'i Access to Justice Commission in helping litigants work with pro bono attorneys to better navigate the legal process. See "Hawaii Has a Leadership Role Nationally in Seeking Access to Justice for the Underserved."
    Panelists Nalanai Fujimori Kaina, executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i; L. Dew Kaneshiro, executive director of Volunteer Services Hawai'i; and Nanci Kreidman, founder and chief Executive of the Domestic Violence Action Center spoke about the challenges for people who seek legal services and for the organizations mandated to help them.
    A second panel with State Representatives Karl Rhoads and Jessica Wooley, and Senator Clayton Hee was moderated by Avi Soifer and discussed legislative funding and lobbying in access to justice. Retired Judge Joel August emphasized how mediation could offer a quicker and less expensive resolution of cases.
    In his keynote address, Charles R. Lawrence spoke about “Sustaining the Struggle for Justice: Remembering and Renewing Abolitionist Advocacy.”
    Members of the Law School community actively participated in the discussions throughout the workshops that followed, as well as in helping to organize the event and to make it work with noteworthy efficiency. In particular, Marnelli Basilio, Kristi Shiraki, and Cheong—Ming Wai and the IT crew contributed time and effort stretching far beyond the call of duty.
    The conference was co-sponsored by the Law School, Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission, the Hawai‘i Justice Foundation, and the Hawaii State Bar Association.


    Avi Soifer addresses the Access To Justice Conference with panelists, from left: Jill Hasegawa '04, Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Judge Daniel R. Foley, and Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald

    From left: Jocelyn Howard, Dina Shek '06 and Joakim Peter

  • On June 25, a well-attended JD information session with Liam Skilling '07 and Elisabeth Steele Hutchison introduced prospective students to the Law School and to the admissions process for the Evening Part Time Program. Ramona Hussey '89 was on hand to answer questions. Current part-time students Mike Goodman, Christina Simpson, and Courtney Takara discussed their experiences and the many strengths of our evening program. The next information session for the program will be held on Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m.

    On June 29, the Evening Part Time Program faculty, alumni, and current students welcomed incoming students and their families at its Annual Networking and Picnic Event held at Kapiʻolani Park.

    Liam Skilling and Avi Soifer 

    Anna Koethe, Ka'ili Akina, and Jen Cha

  • The annual Staff Retreat on June 14 featured a popular team-building session in the morning followed by an afternoon of fun at ʻAiea Bowl. Denise Antolini wrote: "Mahalo to all of you for assisting with, attending, and enjoying our great annual Staff Retreat last Friday! Special thanks for Melissa Matsuura and Marnelli Basilio for logistical support, to Bonnyjean for her excellent team-building program, and to Spencer Kimura '96 for the photos. And how about that ʻono food at ʻAiea Bowl, not to mention the special prizes, Grant Hegelson's coincidental appearance, and the unexpected prowess of our bowling teams? We appreciate all the good cheer and collaboration that made for a wonderful day for all of us - "better together!"
    Photos from the Staff Retreat may be viewed here.


  • The 2013 Will K. Weinstein Conversation series of lectures will begin on Tuesday, July 16 and will conclude on Thursday, August 1. The series is part of "Integrity and Ethics in the Real World," a course offered jointly through the Law School and the Shidler College of Business. Each summer, Mr. Weinstein invites the public to attend a 90-minute public forum on the topic at hand. This year’s topics focus on how the law and business intersect in the food, sports, and medical worlds with insights by professionals about how to handle ethical dilemmas.
    Each panel discussion will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Classroom 2 at the Law School except for "Ethics in the Food Industry" on July 18, which will be held in Ohiʻa Building Cafeteria at Kapiʻolani Community College.
    See "Cutting-Edge Weinstein Lecture Series Wrestles with Ethics in Law and Business Topics at UH Law School."


  • Oliver Manglona '14 is one of five law students from across the nation selected by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to serve as summer law clerks at the CNMI Judiciary. Oliver began his clerkship for Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja this month; he hopes to work as a law clerk for the CNMI Judiciary after he graduates.
  • On June 14, the Law School's Law for Youth Empowerment (LYtE) began its law-related summer series at the Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF). LYtE workshops cover the definition of a crime, valuing education, finding a job, employment discrimination, the records expungement process, and neglect/abuse.

    LYtE 2013 facilitators from left, top: Charles Fasi II '14, Ana Cornwell '15, Chesley Burruss '15, UCLA Law; Lindsay Kukona '14, Alan Akao '15
    Bottom: Eliza Browning '14, Vice President; Angelica Zabanal '14, President; Shelby Ferrer '14, Treasurer; Cassie Bagay '14, Secretary; Henri-Lee Stalk '15, Cameron Holm '15



  • A commentary by Elisabeth Rubin Fujiwara '83, "Decision On Voting Rights Act Is More Than A Disappointment; It's An Injustice" was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on June 26 (log-in required).
  • Robert Fung '86 was recently appointed president of the Western Petroleum Marketers Association. Robert is secretary and general counsel for Aloha Petroleum. He is the first WPMA president from Hawaiʻi to lead the regional trade association of petroleum wholesalers and marketers, and his term began on July 1.
  • Pacific Business News named Nathan Nelson '06 as 2013 Young Business Leader of the Year.
    Nathan is vice president and general counsel at Hawaii Gas (The Gas company) and is the executive sponsor of the company's employee-development initiative. See "Working to make Hawaii a cleaner place to live," on June 28 (log-in required).
    PBN's annual "Forty under Forty" event honors 40 successful people in business under the age of 40. Calvert Chipchase IV '02 also was among the honorees. The Awards Ceremony took place on June 27 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.
  • Tom Pierce ’97 is the co-author of Easement Revitalization: A Problem-Solving Guidebook for Land Trusts, published recently by Open Space Institute. His companion article Easement Revitalization appears in the summer edition of Saving Land Magazine, published by the Land Trust Alliance.
  • Trisha Kehaulani Watson '03 was honored as one of 14 top volunteers from across the nation at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's 11th annual Leadership Awards Dinner held in Washington D.C., in June. Trisha serves as the Native Hawaiian representative on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council and as chairwoman of its first Native Hawaiian sub-committee. She is the founder/owner of Honua Consulting and was featured by Midweek in their "Good Neighbor" column on July 10.