June 14, 2013


  • Paul Alston, David A. Nakashima '77, and Sheryl L. Nicholson '81 are among eight attorneys at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013. Paul is named as a Star Individual in Hawaiʻi. David and Sheryl are named as Leading Individuals.
  • The Hon. Mark W. Bennett, Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of Iowa and a 2013 J-Term participant, wrote a commentary, "MARVEL IN MANOA: Reflections on Teaching a J-Term Class"  in the Hawaii Bar Journal May issue.
  • Judge James Burns (ret.) and his wife Emme Tomimbang were featured in an article, "In Sickness And In Health," in Midweek on May 29.
  • The Global Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law recently appointed Diane Desierto was as Director of Studies (Public International Law) for the Summer 2017. The position is awarded to top scholars of international law from the world's elite universities in recognition of scholarship and expertise.
  • David Forman ’93 became an honorary member of the Visayan Sea Squadron on May 18-19.  David earned this honor by participating in an overnight operation at sea along with volunteers from the Philippine Marines and Navy, and a Municipal Police officer, to enforce domestic fishing laws off Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines.
    The following day, David offered commentary and reactions to an opening presentation by Attorney Tony Oposa (translated from Cebuano) and to a lecture by Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace University about “The Happiness Norm: Guiding Legal Principles for the Anthropocene Epoch,” hosted by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) in Cebu City.
    The packed audience included leading environmental attorneys in the Philippines, journalists, students, and interested community members, along with an enthusiastic room full of students participating via a live feed three floors below the auditorium.
  • The Society for Japanese Studies recently re-elected Mark Levin to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Japanese Studies at the Society's annual meeting. His term is for two years.

  • Avi Soifer spoke about "Servitudes" on a panel about “Race, Labor, and the Abolition of Slavery” at the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association in Boston on May 30. Avi also spoke as one of the readers for an "Author Meets Reader" panel about Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle against Hate Speech by Victoria Saker Woeste.
    On June 7, Avi was part of a ceremony at which Governor Neal Abercrombie signed a bill that established January 30 each year as "Civil Liberties and Constitution Day." Karen Korematsu, daughter of the late Fred Korematsu and co-founder the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, was honored and Eric Yamamoto was singled out for praise. The observance is intended to celebrate, honor and educate the public about individuals whose commitment has preserved civil liberties. See "Governor Signs Bill Establishing ‘Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day’"


  • Josie Ah Ching Danielson and her husband Eddie Danielson welcomed their new daughter Izabella Sefilina Danielson on June 10. Sefilina weighed 9 lbs. 3.3 oz. and measured 21 inches. Congratulations to Josie, Eddie, and Izabella's big brother E.J.

    Izabella Sefilina Danielson
  • The Law School welcomes back Chelsea Huang who will join the Student Services team beginning on Monday, July 1. Chelsea will be a Student Services Specialist, working primarily with Piyada Nonzee and Hansford Chock.
    While still an undergraduate at UH, Chelsea worked in our Admissions Office. She graduated in 2010, majoring in Apparel Product Design and Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, Chelsea served as Admissions Coordinator at the Law School and she also worked at HMSA in customer relations and at Aloha 2 Go in operations.
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison and Hansford Chock attended the Law School Admissions Council Annual Meeting and Educational Conference "Choosing the Ethical Path in Challenging Times" from May 29 to June 1. At the meeting, Elisabeth was elected for a two-year term as a member of the Executive Council of the Minority Network, a volunteer organization of law school admissions officers of color and their allies dedicated to empowering its members through connecting people, mentoring, training, coaching, sharing best practices, and cultivating leaders.

    Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, standing left, with members of the Executive Council of the Minority Network.
  • The Alumni Association's annual meeting and wine-tasting event to raise funds for student scholarships will be held on June 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Indigo's, 1121 Nuʻuanu Avenue. The association welcomes donations for the silent auction. For information on donations and tickets, please contact Lyn Flanigan at: lynf@hawaii.edu or at 956-9774.
  • Law School students, faculty, and staff may now view and place classified advertisements at: www.law.hawaii.edu/classifieds. An @hawaii.edu email address is required to view or place an ad.


  • Callie Chinen '14 participated in the King Kamehameha lei draping ceremony on June 9 in Emancipation Hall at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Callie is externing in the office of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaiʻi).

    Callie Chinen '14


  • Frannie T. Demapan '15 is one of five law students from across the nation selected by the the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), to serve as summer law clerks at the CNMI Judiciary. Frannie is assigned to Family Court. See "Law Students Provide Voluntary Clerkship Service To NMI Judiciary," in the Marianas Variety on June 10.
  • An article by Angelica Almira Zabanal '14, "Pursuing Initiatives to Enhance Civil Justice in Hawaii," appeared in the June 2013 edition of the Hawaii Bar Journal.
  • For the first time, the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (APLPJ) published a third issue for the academic year. Volume 14, Issue 3  includes a bibliography of English-language sources on Japan's justice system reform by Mark Levin and Adam Mackie '13; a translation of the most influential Chinese cases of 2011 by Larry Foster '81, Tim Partelow '14, and Tom Villalon '13; an article on cultural sovereignty, civil rights, and Native Hawaiian governance by Breann Swann Nu'uhiwa; and a commentary on green building standards in Hawaiʻi by Randall Wat '13. Journal issues are available at: hawaii.edu/aplpj.
    Co-Editors-in-Chief Shirley-Lou Magnuson '13 and Adair Fincher '13 wrote: "A big mahalo to our editors, for their hard work throughout the year and a big thank you to our advisors for their steadfast support. In addition, thank you to our authors for providing us with such excellent pieces, and to those who have supported us throughout the year. We look forward to seeing the Journal grow in the years to come. Mahalo and enjoy!"


  • Calvin Chipchase '02 and Nathan Nelson '06 are among this year's group of accomplished leaders selected by Pacific Business News. The annual Forty Under 40 event, which honors 40 successful people in business under the age of 40, will take place on June 27 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. Two awards will be presented: the 2013 Pacific Business News Young Business Leader of the Year award, and the 2013 American Savings Bank Young Community Leader of the Year award.
    See PBN's "Say Hello To PBN’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2013" on May 17.

  • In May, Dandan Hansen '05 and a friend Sam Middleton drove from Idaho through Wyoming and Colorado to Oklahoma in what they called the "Tornado Truck." With the help of organizers Laurita Mikalatos and Faye Kernen Maestas they filled a U-Haul truck and trailer with goods to help Oklahoma's tornado victims. Dandan has chronicled their journey on Facebook. After graduating from the Law School, Dandan returned to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to work for his tribe.

    Dandan Hansen '05

    Tire change on the road to Oklahoma


  • Nicholas R. Monlux '09 and his wife Amalie welcomed their fourth child, their son Keahi Ashton Monlux on May 20. Mom and baby are doing fine.

    The Monlux family, from left: Kanoa, Kaimi, Amalie holding Keahi, and Adrienne

  • An article by Bradley Sova '13, "Trademark Registration for Companies That WON’T Be Doing Business In China Do You Want Some Fries With That?" appeared on China Law Blog on June 4.

  • Virginia Tice '09 spoke at a World Peace Foundation seminar on "How Atrocities End: Iraq," held at Tufts University on May 14.