March 8, 2013


  • As part of a national tour from the Smithsonian, the Congressional Gold Medal that was awarded in 2011 to Japanese American, or Nisei, World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments will be on exhibit at the Bishop Museum from March 9 to April 14.
    As part of the Opening Ceremony program tomorrow, Judge James S. Burns (ret.), Brendan P. Burns, and former Governors Benjamin Cayetano and George Ariyoshi will participate in a special presentation on "Post WW II – Political War Fought by AJAs." Dan Boylan will moderate the panel discussion which begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Atherton Hālau. 
    Information on Congressional Medal events at the Bishop Museum is at
  • Danielle Conway presented a paper, on "Procurement Rising: The Expanding Role of Proactive, Strategic Procurement in a Recovering Economy," on February 11 as part of the Seattle University School of Law's Spring 2013 Faculty Research Workshop Series.
    On February 21, Danielle spoke about procurement innovation in the delivery of public infrastructure projects at the state and local government levels at a forum on "Transit Oriented Development: Procurement Progress and Opportunities for TOD," hosted by the Hawaiʻi Procurement Institute at the Japanese Cultural Center.
  • Mark Levin was quoted in an article, "Death Penalty An Option For Japanese Jury," in the Irish Independent, on March 4, concerning a high-profile murder trial currently underway in Japan.
  • On February 27, Robert Harris '02, Alison Kunishige '03, Andrew Stewart '02, Liann Ebesugawa '03, and Della Au Belatti '03 met with the day section of the Professional Responsibility class co-taught by Ken Lawson and Randall Roth to discuss "Quality of Life Issues in the Practice of Law." Duke Oishi '03, and Leilani Tan Young '02, joined Andrew and Liann to discuss the topic that evening.

    Robert Harris '02, Alison Kunishige '03, Andrew Stewart '02, Liann Ebesugawa '03, and Della Au Belatti '03

    Duke Oishi '03, Leilani Tan Young '02, Andrew Stewart '02, and Liann Ebesugawa '03
  • In February, Eric Yamamoto moderated a forum on "Civil Rights and Social Justice" sponsored by the African American Cultural Diversity Project as part of Black History Month. Panelists included Miyoko Pettit '15 -- who presented on the early 1900s plantation strike by African American workers in coalition with Native Hawaiians and Japanese immigrants -- and civil rights attorneys Eric Seitz, and Andre Wooten.


  • Heather L.C.  Smith earned a Master of Education (in Educational Psychology) from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
  • On Tuesday, the Environmental Law Program Colloquium Series welcomed Scott Hempling, an attorney and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Hempling spoke about "Renewable Energy: Can We Integrate Five Good Ideas Into a Single Coherent Policy?"and went on to discuss "Preside or Lead? The Attributes and Actions of Effective Regulators."
  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted Maoli Thursday yesterday, in which Richard Ha, of the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Committee and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa, of the Papaku Makawalu Project discussed "Native Hawaiians and Geothermal Energy: Blessing or Curse?" Lehua Kauhane '12 moderated the discussion.
  • On February 26, Piyada Nonzee and the Law School's Professional Development Office hosted an event on "Opportunities for Lawyers in the Government Contracts Field." Panelists included Doug Murdock, vice president of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority; Kanale Sadowski '05, of counsel at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District Office; and Terry Thomason, director of the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm. Danielle Conway moderated the event.
    The audience participated in a discussion regarding the various roles lawyers play, the importance of these roles, and current opportunities available in the government contract field.

    Seated from left: Terry Thomason, Kanale Sadowski '05, and Doug Murdock; standing, from left: Danielle Conway, Andrew Pettit '14, Shannon Sinton '13, Pace Kaneshige, Hawaiʻi Procurement Institute; Andrea Maglasang-Miller '13, Brad Sova '13, and Rick Macapinlac '13
  • The 2013 Hawaiʻi Law Study Tour includes 25 law students from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, 11 students from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, and four faculty members. The group -- led by Spencer Kimura '96 -- is attending lectures and visiting a law firm, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court, and the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center this week and next.

    The 2013 Hawaiʻi Law Study Tour



  • Keani Rawlins '15 visited her alma mater, Molokaʻi High School, to participate in Future Fest, an event designed to help students explore career and college options and to encourage them to take steps toward achieving their goals and aspirations.
    The day was filled with five 35-minute sessions in which Keani worked with 10 students per session on preparing for and applying to law school, specifically WSRSL.

    Keani Rawlins '15
  • The Law School's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team: Sam King '13, Tom Villalon '13, Maile Miller '14, Ewan Rayner '14, and Andrew Strand '14 advanced to the Quarterfinals in the Pacific Super-Regional tournament in Portland last weekend at Lewis & Clark School of Law. Sam achieved a distinguished oralist award and was recognized as the fourth-best oralist in a competition that included at least 22 teams and 88 oralists.
    Faculty Advisor Carole Petersen wrote: "The team emailed me to say: 'It has been an exciting, educational, and worthwhile experience, and we are all richer for it. Many thanks to the Law School for supporting the team and to the faculty advisers and volunteers who judged practice rounds.'
    On behalf of the team and my co-advisers Sherry Broder, Maxine Burkett, and Charles Booth, I would like to thank all of you for the considerable time that you put into reading the memorials, meeting with the team, and judging practice rounds, generally in the evenings and on weekends! I hope that we can call upon you in the future to help guide our Jessup Team."



  • On Saturday, March 2, Julian Aguon '09 spoke at the 2013 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference at Yale Law School. On Monday, Julian gave a lecture entitled "Reimagining the Insular: Thoughts on Islands, the Law, and the Loss of Difference" at Yale Law School's Schell Center for International Human Rights.
  • Greg Schlais ’08 has joined Kai Medical, Inc. as Vice President and General Counsel. Greg was previously an associate with Carlsmith Ball LLP.

In memorium

  • On Wednesday, Avi Soifer wrote: "Dear Members of the Law School Community: I am sorry to pass along this news: John Barkai's mother, Livia (Lee), passed away last Thursday surrounded by her family, two weeks shy of her 98th birthday.
    She was clearly the product of a different era. Lee was an immigrant coal miner's daughter, born in a home without indoor plumbing or electricity in the small town of Piney Fork, Ohio. She went to a one-room school house and reached the highest level offered in that town in the 1920s -- the 6th grade.
    In her early teens, at the start of the Great Depression, she moved to Detroit with her older sister to seek work. She put herself through beauty school, eventually ran her own salon, and later worked from her home. She was hard working, easy going,  a good listener, and well-liked by all.
    Lee was married to her loving husband, also named John, for over 60 years. After he passed away in 2002, she moved to Honolulu to enjoy her remaining years with her son John, his wife Linda, and their twin daughters Leah and Hope. She enriched their lives and will be deeply missed.
    There will be no Hawai'i services. Services will be in Michigan where she will be buried this week alongside her husband. Contributions may be made to St. Francis Hospice or the charity of your choice. Please join me in expressing our deepest sympathy and condolences to John and his family."