March 15, 2013


  • On March 7, Tae-Ung Baik gave the William C. Jones Annual Lecture at Washington University in St. Louis on the subject of “Public Interest Litigation in South Korea.”
    Tae-Ung's lecture was jointly sponsored by the Washington University School of Law and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. During his visit, Tae-Ung was invited to join the Crimes against Humanity Initiative Steering Committee for the Proposed International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity.

    The William C. Jones Lecture award that was presented to Tae-Ung Baik 

  • Sherry Broder was featured in a lead article, "Rights To The Marcos Millions," in the Insights section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday.

  • On March 6, Randall Roth spoke about “Professional Responsibility in Paradise: Lessons from the Bishop Estate and Other High-Profile Controversies in Hawaiʻi” to the Professional Responsibility Committee at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel.
    At a plenary session the following day, Randy presented “Deconstructing The Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Old Hawaiian Trusts and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy.”


  • Grant Hegelson will leave the Law School after 12 years to become the Registrar at Leeward Community College, serving over 8000 students.
    On Monday, Avi Soifer wrote: "We all know that Grant will do an excellent job taking care of the Leeward students, as he has done with our students over the years. We will miss his unique blend of care and concern, good cheer, Star Wars humor, fish tank, and his wonderful attention to detail. Grant was named Assistant Registrar in 2002 and he became our Registrar in 2006. Grant's last official day in the office will be Friday, March 22. Details of an 'Aloha Grant' party will be released soon but please also drop by to thank Grant and to wish him all the best in his new professional adventure!"
    Piyada Nonzee will take over the Registrar's office on an interim basis. On Tuesday, Avi wrote: "I am delighted to report that Piyada has agreed to take over the Registrar's office while she continues her great work in Career Services. Please join me in heartily thanking Piyada and in wishing her all the best."
  • Last Friday, Avi Soifer and Denise Antolini brought the Law School to the Legislature for a breakfast reception and power point presentation about current Law School activities and plans for our much-needed Building Excellence renovation project. A full house, composed largely of Law School alumni elected to the Legislature and those serving the legislature in multiple staff positions, attended the event, which was organized by Marnelli Basilio.

    Avi Soifer at the Legislature

  • The Law School ranked 80th among the nation’s 144 best law schools according to the latest U.S. News & World Report 2014 graduate school rankings, released this week. The Law School rose 26 places from last year. Avi Soifer wrote: “Our dramatic rise in the rankings is just one indicator of our many successes, including of our dedication to helping our students find legal employment—a factor that was weighted more heavily this year. What they do not consider, however, are our strengths in other areas that also matter: Our relatively low tuition, our personalized ‘face to face’ teaching, and our emphasis on practical skills and community service.”
    See "UH Law School Leaps 26 Points in Annual Rankings by U.S. News & World Report," and "U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools." The rankings were also reported in "It’s Been a Good Week for UH Law School" at Honolulu Civil Beat on March 13 and in "University of Hawaii Law School Moves Up To No. 80 On List Of Nation’s Best Schools," in Pacific Business News, also on March 13.


  • Part-time student Diana Kim has been named the Law School's 2013 Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow.
    Each year, the Fellowship affords a Richardson law student who is interested in public policy and social justice the opportunity to intern for a Hawai‘i member of Congress in Washington D.C. The Mink Fellowship program honors the legacy of the Hawai‘i Congresswoman who was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress and who became a powerful advocate for gender equality.
    A reception for Diana will be held on Tuesday, March 19 with guest speaker Catherine Betts ’06, Executive Director, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and 2004 Patsy Mink Legislative Fellow, and Special Guest Pat DeLeon, Long-time Chief of Staff for the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in Classroom 3. The invitation is here.
  • The Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel law firm -- represented by Martin Loui -- presented Avi Soifer and the Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court Team with a surprise funding donation to support the team's participation in the National Competition of the Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.
    The team swept first place in all categories in the Regional Competition in February, and will compete in the National Competition tomorrow at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
    The law firm's donation and support for the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team was featured in an article, "University of Hawaii’s Moot Court Team Advances to Nationals," at Goodsill's web site. The team's success in the Regional Competition was reported in "It's Been A Good Week for UH Law School," at Honolulu Civil Beat on March 13.

    From left: Martin Loui, Avi Soifer, Danielle Conway, and Sayoko Blodgett-Ford

    From left: Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13, Nikki Yamauchi '14, Martin Loui, Shirley Lou-Magnuson '13, Avi Soifer, Avery Matro '13, Sayoko Blodgett-Ford, and Danielle Conway
  • On March 5, a group of Richardson Law students and alumni went to the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to show support for House Bill 174, a measure that would require labeling for genetically modified produce. The bill passed the House and is now in the Senate. The students and alumni who participated explained that they seek to contribute to the Law School's long legacy of community engagement and dedication to social justice.


    At the State Capitol

    Standing from left: Aaron Wills '14, Zach Dilonno '13, Christiaan Mitchell 14, Tawnee Sakima 14, Mari Matsuda '80, Eliza Browning '14, Tina Aiu '14, Scott Prange '14; seated from left, Ramona Hussey '89, Raeanne Cobb-Adams '15, Lisa Yang '14, Kimi Ide-Foster '14, Leon Davenport '14, Daylin Gibson '14, Matt Yoshida '13, and Adair Fincher '13


  • On February 6, M. Douglas Fiaui '06 was appointed Public Defender of the Territory of American Samoa by Governor Lolo M. Moliga and by the unanimous vote of both the Senate and House of Representatives of the Legislature of American Samoa.
  • Writer and artist Sonny Ganaden '06 published an article, "Riding the Lightning," about master canoe builder Sonny Bradley in the February/March issue of Hana Hou!, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Trevor Tamashiro '12 was a member of a team that ran the Hapalua Relay at Kapiʻolani Park on March 10. Trevor's team came 1st in the Mixed Relay and 2nd overall.

    Trevor Tamashiro '12 (second from right) and runners at the Hapalua Relay