May 3, 2013


  • On April 8, John Barkai spoke about "Strategic Negotiations” to the Advanced Security Cooperation Class at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Waikiki. On Tuesday, John participated in a panel discussion on “Multiparty Negotiations” at the same Center.

  • Charles Booth visited Peking University In Beijing to research Chinese bankruptcy law and practice as part of the 2012-2013 University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa-Peking University Exchange Program. During his visit he gave several presentations:
    On April 16, he participated in a panel discussion about "Chinese insolvency law, Restructuring, Turnarounds and Transformation – New Management Approaches" at the AmCham China seminar in Beijing.
    Later in April, he spoke about "Corporate Insolvency in Asia: Developing Effective Insolvency Infrastructures in China, Japan & Hong Kong," at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and at the China University of Politics and Law, Beijing.
    On April 27, Charles gave a talk about Hong Kong personal insolvency law to the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Advanced Diploma Course on Insolvency.

  • On April 23, David Forman ’93 and Malia Akutagawa ’98 gave a two-hour community training on traditional and customary rights on Moloka‘i.
  • Lawrence Foster ’81 and Tiffany Yajima '07, with co-author Professor Yan Lin of Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China recently published a new book, China Law Reader. The book is designed for people with training in Chinese who want to learn the vocabulary, grammar, and style of Chinese legal documents. The readings include a wide variety of Chinese laws, regulations, cases, and legal documents.
    The book cover includes testimonials from Shirley Lou ‘13, Bradley Sova ‘13, and Thomas Villalon ‘13, who used drafts of the text in Larry's course on Readings in Chinese Law. Ron Brown, Mana Moriarty '09, Kai Wang '99, and Tiffany Yajima '07 wrote introductions to some of the readings, and Keiko Okuhara wrote the chapter on researching Chinese law.
  • Mark Levin's Letter to the Editor, "Japanese Live With Limits On Smoking," was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday (log-in required). Mentioning smoke-free beaches at Japan's famed Shonan coastline, Mark suggested "our Japanese visitors are probably less accustomed to smoking in public places now than we are." Mark's latest article on tobacco control policy in Japan will be published later this month in the American Journal of Law and Medicine.
  • Melody Mackenzie '76 was awarded the 2013 Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Calvin Pang '85 received the Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community at the University of Hawaiʻi Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. Jon Osorio, master of ceremonies at the Awards Ceremony, ad-libbed that the many Law School members of the audience who cheered enthusiastically for Melody and Calvin "clearly deserved the team spirit award."

    From left: Regent Jeffrey Tangonan Acido, Melody Mackenzie '76, and UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple

    From left: Regent Jeffrey Tangonan Acido, Calvin Pang, and UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple
  • Keiko Okuhara with co-authors Jootaek Lee, Northeastern University School of Law; Xiaomeng Zhang, The University of Michigan Law School; and Evelyn L. Ma, Yale Law School had a new article accepted in the Law Library Journal, Vol. 105 (Winter 2013)
    The article, "Issues and Trends of Collection Development of East Asian Law in the United States," reviews state-of-the-art collection methods for foreign and transnational law collections in U.S. law libraries, focusing on print and electronic resources for conducting research about the laws of the Republic of Korea, Japan, and China, as well as those of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. The complete article is available for free download.


  • The Kresge Foundation's grant awarded to the Lamaku Naʻauao program in April was featured in an article, "$460,000 Grant Will Boost Native Hawaiian Program At UH," in Waste Management World. The program, run by the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the Law School, teaches participants about food security, renewable energy research, cultural practices and the effects of climate change. See also "Kresge Foundation $460,000 Award to UH Mānoa Strengthens Hawai‘i’s Food Security and Builds Partnerships to Protect Environment and Native Hawaiian Cultural Knowledge."
  • The Law School’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony will take place on May 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Andrews Amphitheater on the UH Mānoa campus. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Zone 20. See Law School Commencement Ceremony for more information, directions, and a parking map.
  • The National Jurist March issue ranked our Law School as an A- Best Value School and one of 20 Most Innovative Schools
  • On April 25, the Law School signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Legislative Research Institute.
    The ceremony was part of a conference on "Legal Transplants and Receptions: The Implications for Korean Law" organized by Tae-Ung Baik and the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies program and the Korean Legislation and Research Institute. Ronald Brown, Alison Conner, Mark Levin, Keiko Okuhara, Carole Petersen, and Avi Soifer participated.


    Avi Soifer and President Yoo-Hwan Kim, Korea Legislation and Research Institute

    Mark Levin

    Tae-Ung Baik

    Law School and Korean Legislative Research Institute conference attendees



  • Kuʻulani and Jarrett Keohokalole '13 welcomed their daughter Emma Mahinuliʻi Nozomi Keohokalole at 7:26 p.m. on Tuesday. Emma is 7lbs, 10oz., and 19 inches long. Jarrett wrote: "We are very happy to have her join our family and thank you all for your aloha along the way!"

    Jarrett, Emma, and Kuʻulani Keohokalole


  • On Saturday, teams of faculty, students and alumni attended the Bowling for Freedom fundraiser sponsored by Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center. They included Laura Cushman '15, Sonny Ganaden '06, Matt Kaaihue '15, Fawn Koopman '12, Tuan La '15, Sarah Miller '15, Everett Ohta '09, Tracey Ohta '09, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez '15, and Philip Tumbaga '15. The event raised money for the Chris Iijima Fellowship and the Leni Marin Scholarship. Sarah Miller is the Chris IIjima Fellowship recipient for 2013 and Sharde Mersberg Freitas '14 is the Leni Marin Scholarship recipient for 2012.

    Bottom left, counterclockwise: Fawn Koopman '12, Sarah Miller '15, Sonny Ganaden '06, Philip Tumbaga '15, and Laura Cushman '15


    Seated: Tuan La '15 (left) and Matt Kaaihue '15; standing, from left: Everett Ohta '09, Tracey Ohta '09, and Keani Rawlins Fernadez '15
  • The Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA) held their annual Adobo Cook Off on April 25 with an evening of food, fun, and shared cultural friendship to help raise money for scholarships.


  • The 2013-2014 Student Bar Association (SBA) board members are:
    President - Keone Nakoa '15
    Vice-President - Anthony Makana Paris '15
    Treasurer – Dorothy Meisner '14
    Secretary – Louise Lafitaga '15

    Class Representatives
    Sommerset Wong '14, RJ Brown '14, and Tawnee Sakima '14
    Jordan Inafuku '15, Matt “Kona”  Kaaihue '15, and Sarah Sheffield '15
    Part-time students - Paul Ireland, Courtney Takara, and Jen Cha

    ABA Representative – Kelly Suzuka '15 and Marissa Agena '15
    Curriculum Representative – Christiaan Mitchell '14
    Faculty Hiring Committee Representative – Daylin Gibson '14
    Library Representative – Laura Cushman '15
    Space Committee Representative – Joshua Michaels '15
    YLD Representative – Kimi Ide-Foster '14


  • Catherine "Cathy" Betts '06 co authored a commentary, "Hawaii Sexual Assault Victims Finally Sure To Receive Compassionate Care," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday. Cathy is co-chair of the Hawaiʻi Women's Coalition.
  • Alain Bieger '10 and his family recently visited Hawaiʻi on vacation and dropped by the International Programs Office to say hello. Alain is currently working for the General Counsel of Credit Suisse, one of the two major banks in Switzerland.

    Julie Suenaga and Alison Conner, standing, with Alan Bieger '10 and his family

In memorium

  • We are very sad to report  that Wayne K. Ogino '84, of Kailua, died on April 20 in Castle Medical Center. Wayne was the University of Hawai'i-Mānoa security chief. He was born in Hawai'i. Wayne is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughter Malialani Pakele, his mother Laura and sisters Gail and Naomi.
    Visitation is noon today at Borthwick Mortuary. Services: 1:30 p.m. Inurnment: 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha or casual attire. Flowers welcome. Online condolences: