May 10, 2013



  • Kamanamaikalani Beamer was confirmed to serve on the State Commission on Water Resource Management for a term of four years. 
  • An article by David Callies, "It All Began In Hawai'i," at 45 John Marsall L. Rev. 317 (2012) was chosen by a double review panel as one of the five best law review articles published in 2012. The article was part of a symposium on the 40th anniversary of The Quiet Revolution in Land Use Control, written by David and Fred Bosselman for the President's Council on Environmental Quality in 1971.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture, the Honorable Tom Vilsack, appointed Danielle Conway to a two-year term on the Plant Variety Protection Board. The Board provides advice to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture about administering the Plant Variety Protection Act.
    The PVPA provides legal protection to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. The Board convenes regularly in Washington D.C.
  • Mark Levin's article, "Tobacco Control Lessons from the Higgs Boson: Observing a Hidden Field Behind Changing Tobacco Control Norms in Japan," has been published in the American Journal of Law & Medicine 39 (2013).
  • On Monday, Avi Soifer wrote:
    "Dear Colleagues
    As you know, Professor Jill Ramsfield is retiring after eight years of directing and teaching legal writing and research at WSRSL. In lieu of a retirement party, Jill has asked us to establish a need-based scholarship to benefit full- and part-time students at the Law School. Jill recalls how she worked at three different jobs during her time in law school, so she knows how much even a little financial aid can help.
    On the eve of her retirement, Jill says that she can think of no better way to celebrate her four decades of teaching and helping students than by creating a scholarship that helps our students. Because of her generosity, Jill has asked  and we have agreed to forego the expense of a retirement party and, instead, to use those funds to establish the Ramsfield Scholarship with the University of Hawai’i Foundation.
    Early additional support from a few of us means that we already have enough to establish the fund in Jill’s name. Those early donors set a “faculty challenge” with a goal of raising $3,000 by the May 10 faculty meeting, with very encouraging results. A broader announcement will go out to faculty and staff, students, alumni, and friends during the summer, with an expected award to be made to the first student in the Fall.
    You can contribute at any time, of course, but if you would like to congratulate Jill upon her retirement, honor her good work and dedication to legal writing and research, and support our law students, please consider making a contribution to the Jill Ramsfield Scholarship in lieu of a party, gifts, and flowers.
    Checks should be payable to the University of Hawai’i Foundation with “Ramsfield Scholarship” in the memo section and delivered to Carrie or Kristi or mailed to the Foundation.
    And, most of all, please join me in thanking Jill for her gracious spirit and her characteristic generosity in thinking of our future students as she transitions to new adventures.
    Mahalo nui!
    Warm aloha,
    To make a gift online, go to the UH Foundation online giving website Beneath the program selection options is a line for “Other program/account.” Type “Law School/Ramsfield Scholarship” and your contribution.
  • Kapua Sproat ʻ98 was appointed to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism for a term of four years. Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon established the Commission in 2005 to enhance professionalism among Hawaiʻi's attorneys. Kapua fills the seat designated for Law School faculty.

  • Eric Yamamoto will give the keynote at the National Asian American Bar Association Hawaiʻi Chapter annual meeting on May 16,  5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Supreme Court Building, Ali'iolani Hale, 417 King St. Eric will talk about "Unfinished Business: Our Role Today in Shaping the Legacy of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988." The event is open to the public with a prior RSVP to Liann Ebesugawa at:
    Eric is the lead author in the new post-9/11 edition of the book "Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment." The book combines legal history -- the context of the World War II internment and legal challenges -- and contemporary analysis, the present-day impact of internment redress on national security/civil liberties and reconciliation initiatives worldwide.


  • The new issue of the periodic publication, ʻOhia, produced by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, was featured in an article, "UHM Native Hawaiian Law Center Unveils New Publication," in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 2. Also Mana, a bi-monthly independent magazine for the Hawaiian community, is featuring Ka Huli Ao in its May/June issue.


  • On April 30, Katy Gassaway '13 and David Yarber '13 were recognized for completing the Entrepreneurs Program of the Shidler College of Business Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE).

    From left: V. Vance Roley, Dean, Shidler College of Business; David Yarber, '13, Brendan Mulligan, MBA; Susan Yamada, Executive Director, PACE; Matt Melloy, MBA; Katy Gassaway, '13, Andy Landgraf, MBA; Scott Lukas, PhD Natural Sciences
    David also is a member of the team that won the UH Business Plan Competition and that was a semifinalist at Chapman University's California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition. The team's entry, SmarTummy, is a first-of-its-kind abdominal palpation exam simulator designed to train medical personnel in the accurate diagnosis of thoracic ailments.
    See "Competition Provides Critical Look At Student Business Plans."  and also "Smartummy Takes First Prize In 2013 UH Business Plan Competition." The team are featured in a video about the competition at

    From left: Susan Yamada, PACE Executive Director; David Yarber '13, Larry Martin, John Salle, Vance Roley, Shidler College of Business Dean; Dr. Walton Shim, Patrick Oki, PKF Pacifi Hawaii Managing Partner; Dr. Scott Miller, and Richard Wacker, American Savings Bank President & CEO

    From left: Scott Miller, PhD; Walton Shim, MD; Larry Martin, MSEE Candidate; John Salle, MSEE; David Yarber '13

  • The Spring 2013 Clinical Legal Education Newsletter is available for download. Co-Director Calvin Pang '85 wrote: "Thanks to the artistic eye and tech savvy of Andrew Itsuno '14 (along with his willingness to be distracted from final exams), we are able to present the year-end issue of our Clinical Newsletter.  Included in this issue are articles on our three 'new' clinics, including the relaunched Immigration Law Clinic, reconfigured Medical Legal Partnership for Children Clinic, and the truly new Public Interest Lawyering course."

  • Both Jarrett Keohokalole '13 and Melissa Miyashiro '10 were selected for Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species Law Fellowships (CGAPS).
    Both post-JD fellowships are funded for an inaugural year by the Hau'Oli Mau Loa Foundation via the UH Foundation through the Environmental Law Program.
    CGAPS is an interagency working group that focusing on a broad range of policy, legal, and on-the-ground and in-the-water initiatives to preserve Hawaiʻi's native ecosystems by preventing and remediating the "alien invasion."

    Jarrett Keohokalole '13 and Melissa Miyashiro '10

  • Nicole Manglona Torres '13 was featured in an article, "Torres Family will Celebrate Mother's Day at Law School Graduation," in Marianas Variety on Thursday. See also "Nicole Torres Adds Another Feather To Her Cap," in the Saipan Tribune, also on Thursday.

  • The Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO) announced its 2013-14 officers:
    President - Megumi LaChapelle '15
    Vice President - John Reiss '15
    Treasurer - Lisa Sugai '15
    Secretary - Kelly Suzuka '15
    Administrative Liaison - Ben Sill '15
    Executive Activity Coordinator - Kelsey Inouye '15
    Media Chair Committee - Kevin Argote '15
    PALSO also announced that the proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws were adopted.


  • On April 25, Julian Aguon '09 gave a keynote about "The Poaching of Our Wildest Dreams: Indigenous Peoples, Predation and the Law" at the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics as part of UCLA's Environmental Justice Initiative. UCLA and the University of British Columbia jointly sponsored Julian's presentation.

In Memoriam

  • We are very sad to report that Robert "Bob" Kamins '79 died on April 16.  Bob came to the Law School after retiring as a professor at UH Mānoa and as serving as head of the Legislative Reference Bureau. He was a Navy veteran. Bob was co-author with Robert E. Potter of "Malamalama: A History of the University of Hawai'i." He is survived by his wife Shirley R., his daughters Diane K. Linn and Melissa MacPherson, and a grandchild.
    Private services. Donations suggested to PBS Hawaii or Defenders of Wildlife.