March 1, 2013


  • David Callies taught an intensive short course in property law at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia from February 14-20.
  • On Friday, March 8, David Cohen will give a talk on "Historical Legacies of Violence: Seeking Justice for Past Crimes Against Humanity in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Beyond" as part of The History Workshop Human Rights & Historical Responsibilities lecture series at the UH Mānoa History Department. The talk begins at 2:30 p.m. at the History Department Library, Sakamaki Hall A201.
  • A recently published paper by the late Jon Van Dyke on "The Introduction of Western International Law into Japan," appeared in "The Japanese Legal System: An Era of Transition," edited by Tom Ginsburg and Harry N. Scheiber, published by the Robbins Collection Publications, University of California at Berkeley (2012). The paper describes practices of international law that developed in Asia, and particularly Japan, while most historical summaries focus on the growth in Europe and the West. Professor Van Dyke also described the interactions between Asia and the West involving international relations, international law, and the active participation of Asian countries in the development of International Law in the 20th Century.


  • On February 22, the Law School hosted an International Seminar on Law and Film at the Law School organized by Alison Connor and Jae Hyup Lee. Topics included "Deconstructing the Descendants," "Law and Justice as Reflected in a Korean Legal Film, "Dogani" ("Silenced"), "Trials and Justice in Awāra," "Achieving Justice in The King of Masks," and "Dappled Light, Dappled Truth: Witness and Testimony in Rashomon."
    Presenters and commentators included: Andrew Arno, UH Department of Anthropology; Marlene Booth, UH Academy of Creative Media; Alison Connor, Wang Huaiyong, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China; David Johnson, UH Department of Sociology; Hye Eun Lee, UH School of Communicology; Visiting Professors Jae-Hyup Lee and Jisek Woo of Seoul National University, Korea; Fran Miller, Cindy Ning, UH School of Chinese Studies; Jon Osorio, Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge; Young-A Park, UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies; Randall Roth, and Avi Soifer. Lunch and a Roundtable discussion followed the seminar.
  • On March 7, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law will present Maoli Thursday, featurng Richard Ha, of the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Committee and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa, of the Papaku Makawalu Project who will discuss "Native Hawaiians and Geothermal Energy: Blessing or Curse." Lehua Kauhane '12 will moderate.
    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, March 5 to


  • Mahina Tuteur '14, Tiara Maumau '14, and Kylie Wager '14 represented the Law School at the National Environmental Law Moot Court competition in White Plains, NY. 
    Faculty advisor David Forman '93 wrote: "Although the team did not advance, they did a terrific job and received high praise from judges in all rounds. The team also did CJ Richardson proud following their final round by graciously sharing sources and creative arguments with a grateful (and impressed) opponent who ended up advancing to the next round. The team and its coaches are grateful to all the judges, practitioners, alumni, and faculty who volunteered their time to help them prepare for this valuable experience."

    Mahina Tuteur '14, Tiara Maumau '14, and Kylie Wager '14

  • The Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (APLPJ) just published its second issue of the year. Volume 14, Issue 2 includes papers presented at the April 2012 Rainbow Rising Symposium: Gender, Solidarity, and Scholarship on Gender Identities and Sexualities in Asian and Oceanic Law & Policy.
    Co-Editors Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13 and Adair Fincher '13 wrote: "Special congratulations to Professor Carole Petersen and Adam Chang '12 for publishing in this issue. Thank you to last year's APLPJ, Pacific Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO), and LAMBDA members for your hard work on the Symposium and to our editors this year for their hard work as we prepared to publish these two issues."
  • Pacific Business News biz blog featured the Law School's successful Intellectual Property Moot Court Team in an article, "University of Hawaii Team Sweeps Moot Court Competition" on February 26.
  • The UH Law Review has announced its 2013-2014 Editorial Board:

    Co-Editors-in-Chief: Ewan Rayner '14 and Trisha Tamaru '14
    Executive Editor for Publications and Research: Sommerset Wong '14
    Managing Editor: Chynna Stone '14
    Outside Articles Editors: Sarah Foronda '14, Daylin-Rose Gibson '14, and Andrew Pettit '14
    Casenote Editors: Tiffany Dare '14, Ashley Fukutomi '14, and Jessica Gima '14
    Comments/Tech Editors: Casey Jones '14, Grady Owen '14, Leigh Okimoto '14, Ronald Rodriguez '14, Mahina Tuteur 14, and Toby Yamashiro '14.

  • Zach DiIonno '13, Catherine Hall '13, Caycie Gusman '13, Jarrett Keohokalole '13, Kurt Klein '14, Elika Otoya-Stimpson '13, Ikaika Rawlins '14, Randall Wat '13, Teri Wright '13, and Sommerset Wong '14 represented the Law School at the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition hosted by Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon on February 22-23.
    Faculty advisor Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie '76 wrote: "After two grueling days of competition, Richardson teams placed first in best team, best oral advocate, and best brief. Caycie Gusman and Catherine Hall won the best team award and Catherine also won the best oral advocate award. Zach DiIonno and Sommerset Wong won the best brief award. 
    Thus, our Native American Moot Court team swept top honors at the competition! This is also the third year in a row that a Richardson team has placed first in the best team category.
    On a more somber note, several team members became very ill with the norovirus. Although we had four teams going into the Sweet Sixteen: Elika Otoya-Stimpson and Randall Wat; Zach DiIonno and Sommerset Wong; Teri Wright and Ikaika Rawlins, as well as Caycie and Catherine, one team was forced to withdraw due to illness and two other team members continued the competition in a weakened state. Teri and Ikaika made it to the Elite Eight. Kurt Klein and Jarrett Keohokalole helped with support and encouragement throughout the final day. Congratulations to all team members who showed remarkable perseverance and good spirits through a difficult time!"

    From left: Zach DiIonno '13, Ikaika Rawlins '14, Sommerset Wong '14, Jarrett Keohokalole '13, Catherine Hall '13, Caycie Gusman '13, Kurt Klein '14, and Randall Wat '13. Missing from the photograph are team captain Elika Otoya-Stimpson '13 and Teri Wright '13


  • Michael Colón '08 has joined Hawaiian Electric Company as an Energy Contract Manager. Michael will be negotiating power purchase agreements on behalf of HECO.


  • In last week's Ke Kula Kānāwai Professor Shelley Saxer of Pepperdine University School of Law was misidentified as a former Visiting Professor. Professor Saxer is currently a Visiting Professor at the Law School during the spring semester.