May 17, 2013


  • This is the last Ke Kula Kānāwai newsletter of the academic year. We expect to send periodic newsletters over the summer. Please continue to share your news with Mahalo!


  • On May 10, Hazel Beh '91 spoke about the coordination of Hawai'i's Prepaid Health Care Act and the federal Affordable Care Act at a symposium jointly sponsored by the Hawai'i Medical Association and the Hawai'i State Bar Association.
  • Charles Booth was a member of the World Bank Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force, Working Group on the Treatment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons, which recently published its "Report on the Treatment of Insolvency of Natural Persons." The Report is also available here.
  • On May 15, Lawrence Foster '81 gave a talk on "Legal and Political Barriers to Investing in the U.S." at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade Law School. Lifeng Tao '11, an associate professor at that law school, arranged the talk.

    Lifeng Tau '11, Lawrence Foster '81, and student



  • A celebration of the life and legacy of Frank Boas was held at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Wednesday. Frank Boas was an exceptional friend and supporter of the Law School whose ideas and generosity were large factors in the success of our international programs and many other initiatives. These included Pacific Asia Legal Studies (PALS) and the LLM program. In addition, he supported the Frank Boas Harvard Visiting Professor each January and the Frank Boas Award for the outstanding Second Year Seminar paper on a Pacific Asian topic. Frank also often hosted dinners for visiting dignatories and he regularly attended many Law School programs and events. His presence is already and will continue to to be greatly missed.
    A video and a slide show that celebrate Frank Boas' life may both be downloaded until Tuesday, May 21.

    Avi Soifer

    Lynne Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Honolulu Museum of Art

    Siegfried Ramler, linguist, educator, and author

  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is featured in an article in the May-June issue of Mana Magazine. The article, "Legal Duty or Kuleana" also features Chief Justice William S. Richardson and the founding of the Law School.
  • The Law School was named among the top 13 law schools with the most racially-diverse faculties in the latest issue of Lawyers of Color magazine. The magazine catalogued minority faculty at 200 ABA-accredited law schools. See "'U.S. News' Top Law Schools Fall Short on Diversity" in The National Law Journal on May 15.


  • Zach DiIonno '13 was interviewed about education policy in Hawaiʻi and the Native Hawaiian Law Certificate on Hawaiʻi Public Radio's "The Conversation" on Wednesday.
  • On April 12, members of Law for Youth Empowerment (LYtE): Lida Angier ’15, Cassie Bagay ’14, Eliza Browning ’14, Shelby Ferrer ’14, Sadaf Kashfi ’15, Alese Lesser ’15, Antoinette Lilley ’15, Dorothy Meisner ’14, Sarah Sheffield ’15, Philip Tumbaga ’15, and Angelica Zabanal ’14 invited guest speakers Judge Lisa M. Ginoza '89 and Ken Lawson to the Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF). LYtE was created in September 2012 to provide mentorship to incarcerated and at-risk youth in Hawaiʻi through workshops based on a Law-Related Education curriculum.
    LYtE is recruiting facilitators for the HYCF summer session which will be five consecutive lessons from June 10 - July 8. The first training session will be held at the Law School on May 26. Those interested in becoming facilitators should please contact Eliza Browning at ASAP for help with security clearance by May 20. Alumni are particularly welcome.
    For information on HYCF workshops and the ongoing juvenile justice research projects, please visit the LYtE Facebook page or email:

    From left: Philip Tumbaga ’15, Dorothy Meisner ’14, Cassie Bagay ’14, Alese Lesser ’15, Antoinette Lilley ’15, Shelby Ferrer ’14, Sarah Sheffield ’15, Judge Lisa Ginoza '89, Eliza Browning ’14, Sadaf Kashfi ’15, Angelica Zabanal ’14 and Ken Lawson. Not pictured, Lida Angier '15
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Before the Sunday ceremony, the 123 graduates and their families gathered in the Law School courtyard for the traditional champagne toast and to present Keiki Diplomas to the children of graduating students to recognize and thank them for their support.
    Retired Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice James Duffy Jr. delivered the keynote address and Danielle Conway was chosen by the graduating class to speak on behalf of the faculty. Seyed Amin Alemohammad '13 spoke for the 13 graduating LLM students, Elika Otoya Stimpson '13 spoke on behalf of the graduating Part-Time Evening Program students, and Wayne Wagner '13 represented the Class of 2013.
    The class presented Sherry Broder, widow of Jon Van Dyke, with a sculptural rendering of her husband. The Class of 2013 was the last class to be taught by him.
    See more photographs of the graduation here.

    William S. Richardson Law School Class of 2013

    Avi Soifer toasts the graduating class

    Daniel Ellis '13 and his daughter
    Carolyn Nagy Voulgaradis '13 and her daughters


    Sherry Broder and the rendering of Jon Van Dyke, a gift from the Class of 2013

    Elika Otoya Stimpson '13

    Graduation hula

    Judge James Burns (ret.) and Sam Wilder King '13







  • The U.S. Department of Justice recognized Hawaiʻi Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director Pamela Ferguson-Brey '87 with the Crime Victims’ Financial Restoration Award. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Pamela during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C.
  • Joanne L. Grimes '94 was appointed to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism for a four-year term. Joanne is a partner at Carlsmith Ball law firm and was appointed to the practicing lawyer seat previously filled by the late Michael Nauyokas '89
    The Commission was established in 2005 by Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon to enhance professionalism among Hawaiʻi’s lawyers in the areas of competence, civility, legal ethics, integrity, and commitment to the rule of law, to justice, and to the public good. Joanne clerked for C.J.Moon after graduation from WSRSL and began private practice at the Carlsmith Ball office in Guam before returning to Honolulu in 1998.
  • Ronald H.W. Lum, Jr. ‘04 and Aimee M. Lum ‘05 recently established the Aimee M. and Ronald H.W. Lum, Jr. Law Review Editor(s)-in-Chief Scholarship in recognition of the commitment and diligence required of the Law Review Editor(s)-in-Chief. 
    Ron and Aimee served as Co-Editors-in-Chief in their respective 3L years and they wrote: "(We) value the leadership, writing, and editing opportunities afforded by our membership in Law Review. The collaborative efforts with administration, peers, faculty, and legal scholars that are required to publish the journal and to coordinate the Jurist-in-Residence program proved to be invaluable training. ...
    (We) credit WSRSL with providing an exceptional and fulfilling legal education, fostering our interest in the law, and preparing us for our legal careers, and hope our gift will enhance the law school experience for our scholarship recipients."
  • Susan Park '79 will open and manage an ombudsman office at the University of California at Davis beginning in June. Susan spent the last four months in New York as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisor (ADR) for FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Earlier she provided similar services in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Issac. Susan was an ombudsman officer at UH Mānoa for over three years before the office was closed due to the economic downturn, and she also served as an ombudsman at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.