November 1, 2013


  • Kamana Beamer spoke at the official welcome to Hawaiʻi of the Food Corps program held at Waimea Middle School on September 20. The program supports internships with school gardens. Kamana's talk focused on utilizing indigenous knowledge systems to engage students in responsible stewardship of resources for enhanced local food security while also increasing student academic achievement.
    On October 25, Kamana co-presented a paper with Dr. Peter Vitousek on "Science, Culture and Agriculture: Understanding the Past to Inform the Future" at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. The lecture was part of the First Nations Futures program, an indigenous leadership development partnership and international alliance of Stanford University, the Kamehameha Schools, the Ngai Tahu iwi of New Zealand, and the Sea Alaska Corporation.
  • This evening, the American Judicature Society Hawaii Chapter will honor Judge (ret.) James S. Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the late Jon M. Van Dyke with the Herbert Harley Award for their contributions in protecting the integrity of the justice system in Hawaiʻi. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Waiʻalae Country Club. See "Major Honors" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser "Wood Craft" column today (log-in required).
  • On October 30, Alison Conner gave a presentation on "Trials and Justice in Awaara: An Indian Movie on Chinese Screens" as part of the Center for Chinese Studies seminar series.
  • On Wednesday, Danielle Conway spoke about how "Hawai'i is Lagging in Meeting Procurement Best Practices of Health and Human Services under 103F" at the Hawaiʻi Procurement Institute's Health and Human Services Procurement Workshop. Danielle's talk addressed procurement challenges facing the state and proposed innovative solutions for the benefit of nonprofit service providers, their constituents, the state, and taxpayers.
  • Andrea Freeman gave a presentation and chaired a panel on "Food Justice" at the Law and Society West Coast Retreat in Seattle, Washington on September 21. The following week, she participated in a panel discussion about "Economic and Environmental Justice" at the Angela Harris Festschrift at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
    On October 4-5, Andrea moderated a plenary panel on "Austerity and Law Schools" and also presented work on "Food Oppression" at the LatCrit 2013 conference in Chicago, for which she served on the organizing committee. On October 19, Andrea spoke about "The Unbearable Whiteness of Milk: Food Oppression and the USDA" at the Yale University Food Systems Symposium.
    On Wednesday, Andrea was interviewed about the Hawaiʻi Constitution in the context of the marriage equality bill for a news segment on Hawaii News Now. See "Lawmaker files suit regarding amendment on same-sex marriage" on
  • On October 16, Derek Kauanoe '08 gave a presentation on the status of Native Hawaiians in the 19th century to the Hawaiian Studies 691 seminar-class, "Sovereign Hawaiian State: Hawaiian Kingdom Law, Governance, and Politics" taught by Kamana Beamer. His presentation included an explanation of how the Hawaiian Kingdom Supreme Court recognized the constitutionality of aboriginal-exclusive laws in a multi-ethnic nation. 
    Derek also spoke to a group of teachers from the Kamehameha Schools at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies on October 25 about how Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law addresses Native Hawaiian justice issues.
    On Monday, Derek and Malia Akutagawa '97 gave presentations to Nānākuli High School students on ancient Native Hawaiian land use, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, and "ceded" lands.
  • Melody Kapiliʻaloha MacKenzie '76 and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio contributed essays for the booklet that accompanied "Trial of the Queen," a reenactment of the 1895 trial of Queen Liliʻuokalani for misprision of treason. Melody's essay, "The Trial of Queen Liliʻuokalani" addressed the legal aspects of the proceeding while Jon's essay, "Reflections on Mana: The Queen in 1895" discussed the queen's strength and courage during and after the tribunal that resulted in her imprisonment. Melody also led the discussion and answered questions following a performance of the play at the Judiciary History Center last Saturday. 

  • On Monday and Wednesday, Carole Petersen was interviewed on KHON2 News about marriage equality and religious exemptions. Carole also was a guest on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation," yesterday, speaking about the scope of the religious exemption in Senate Bill 1 and amendments that could be made in the House of Representatives.  The interview may be accessed here.

  • On October 24, David A. Reber was recognized as an Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteer at the Hawaiʻi Access to Justice 2013 Pro Bono Celebration for his support, advice, and direction of the Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center. Ramona Hussey '89 helped organize the Pro Bono Celebration.

  • On Tuesday, Randall Roth gave a plenary session presentation on “Estate Planning Lessons of Life” at the Hawaiʻi Tax Institute. 


  • The Law School's Elder Law Program (UHELP) will present the "International Elder Law Conference with a Veteran's Focus" on November 12-13 at the Hale Koa Hotel. The conference will bring together an international gathering of judges, lawyers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, veterans, and caregivers to discuss issues facing elders and especially elder veterans.
    Keynote speakers will include Army Lieutenant Colonel Arthurine Jones, a veteran of the Iraq War who now works extensively with homeless women veterans in Chicago and UH Mānoa Professor Emerita Beverly Keever, who will speak about her experiences as a reporter covering the Vietnam War as chronicled in her book, "Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam Reporting." A luau at the Hale Koa Hotel Luau Gardens will open the conference.
    The conference is co-sponsored by the Elder Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i, with additional support from the Stetson University College of Law.
    The registration fee for the two-day conference is $200 with a reduced fee of $150 for veterans or non-profits, and $75 for law students. The one-day fee is $100. Sponsorships for veterans, caregivers and students are welcome.  See "Law School conference to explore cutting-edge issues facing elder veterans." Online registration and the conference schedule may be found here.


  • Valerie Dionne '14 was elected National Chair for the National Latina/o Law School Association (NLLSA) at the 17th annual NLLSA Conference on September 26-29 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the first NLLSA Chairperson from our Law School and the first from Hawai‘i. For the past year, Valerie served as the NLLSA Pacific Regional Director, for the region that includes all the law schools in California and Hawai‘i. Valerie will spearhead national Latina/o advocacy efforts and the planning of next year’s conference. See "La Alianza President Represents WSRSL at the 2013 National Latina/o Law School Association (NLLSA) National Conference."

  • The Law School's Native American Moot Court Team welcomes new members Morgan Evans '14, Kevin Richardson '14, Remy Akina '15, Kelsey Anderson '15, Jordan Inafuku '15, Matt Kaʻaihue '15, Cecily Kaya '15, Sarah Miller '15, and Louise Togia '15. They join returning team members Daylin Gibson '14, Kurt Klein '14 (team captain), Megan Moniz '14, Ikaika Rawlins '14, and Sommerset Wong '14. The team will compete at the University of Oklahoma on February 28 and March 1 to defend their record, which includes winning 33 awards in the 21-year history of the competition.   
    Kurt wrote: "We had seventeen outstanding oral arguments by WSRSL students who tried out this year. I couldn't have been more impressed by the level of preparation, comprehension, and poise exhibited by all. I'm particularly excited about the competition this year because we have made a commitment to pull together and strive for excellence as a team. What makes our team special is the desire to put the team first and truly invest ourselves in preparing for the competition. I speak for everyone on the team when I say that we are simply grateful for the opportunity to represent the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law, a community that we cherish deeply."
    Williamson Chang, Melody Kapiliʻaloha MacKenzie '76, and former Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice Robert Klein served as tryout judges.


  • Samuel Suen '07 and Catherine Taschner '11 were recognized as Outstanding Pro Bono Volunteers at the Hawaiʻi Access to Justice 2013 Pro Bono Celebration on October 24.
    Samuel was nominated by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi and by Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaiʻi for, among other things, "his contribution to the economically disadvantaged in our community" and "for raising the standard for pro bono service in Hawaiʻi."
    As co-founder and vice-president of Business Law Corps, Catherine works directly on pro bono matters, helping entrepreneurs create successsful businesses and jobs in Hawaiʻi.

    From left: Sergio Alcubilla, Rep. Della Au Belatti, Samuel Suen '07, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, and Michelle Acosta

    From left: Justices Sabrina McKenna '82 and Paula Nakayama; Samuel Suen '07, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Justices Simeon Acoba, and Richard Pollack

    Front row, from left: Justices Sabrina McKenna '82, Paula Nakayama, CJ Mark Recktenwald, Simeon Acoba, and Richard Pollack
    Back row, from left: Samuel Suen ’07, Carol Lockwood, David Reber, Catherine Taschner ’11, and Jason Lee