November 15, 2013


  • Denise Antolini will be honored with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Surfrider Foundation Awards Ceremony tomorrow. The event at Waimea Valley will begin at 6:00 p.m. and includes dinner, a silent auction, and live music.
    The Surfrider Foundation's Oʻahu Chapter hosts the annual John Kelly Environmental Awards at the beginning of surf season each November. The recipients are those who "have helped protect and enhance our coastal community and environment." Three awards are given each year: John Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, Oahu-based Organization Award (see Alumni section below), and Professional Surfer Award.
  • On Monday, Tae-Ung Baik, Mark Levin, Justin Levinson, and Professor Makoto Ibusuki from Seiji University, Japan were among those who gave presentations at a Symposium on Informational Justice, "Beyond the Principle of 'Fairness' in Criminal Procedure: Significance of the Notion, 'Informational Justice.'" The Pacific Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO) and the Center for Forensic Clinical Psychology, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto sponsored the symposium.

    Mark Levin

    Attendees at the Symposium on Informational Justice

    Professor Makoto Ibusuki
  • Ronette Kawakami​ ​'85​ ​encouraged students at Molokaʻi High School to consider legal careers at their College and Career Fair on October 4. During her remarks, Ronette introduced the students to the scholarship and work of ​Malia Akutagawa '97 who coordinated the 1993 Molokaʻi Subsistence Study that led to the designation of community-based subsistence fishing areas. Malia is the Founder and President of Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi, a nonprofit organization that weaves Molokaʻi's cultural traditions and legacy with sustainable strategies.
    On November 13, Ronette spoke to students at her alma mater, Leilehua High​ ​School about her career ​at the State Office of the Public Defender and, in a spirited "Stump Dean Kawakami" session, she challenged the students to come up with one subject she was unable to connect to the study or practice of law.
  • On November 7, Carole Petersen was a guest on Hawaii Public Radio's "Town Square." Carole joined Vanessa Chong, executive director of the ACLU and Blake Oshiro '96, deputy chief of staff for Governor Abercrombie. The panel discussed elements of the Legislature's Special Session regarding marriage equality, amendments in the House of Representatives, and the potential benefits of the legislation. The interview may be accessed here.


  • Ramona Hussey '89 represented the Law School at the Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi Career Fair on October 24. Ramona reported that many students expressed interest in law school and asked in particular about a business concentration and/or joint JD/MBA degrees.
  • On Monday morning, Avi Soifer wrote: "Dear Members of the WSRSL Community: We share grief at the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and, in fact, some members of our community have family and close friends among the victims. Please consider contributing to relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Kristi Shiraki has agreed to be the clearinghouse for your contributions. Checks may be made out to: American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, with 'Philippine Typhoon' on the memo line. Our Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA), through President Khara Jabola-Carolus, is supporting this Law School effort and also working to coordinate alternate ways to support 'on the ground' relief. Khara encourages you to contact her at for further information. Mahalo nui loa!"
    Donations may also be made to the Philippine Red Cross via a paypal account through
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison participated on two panels at the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 1. She discussed "Post-Fisher: The Future of Affirmative Action in Law School Admissions" with Jay Rosner, president of the Princeton Review Foundation, and Bob Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing; and "Things Applicants Say" with Nathan Neely, associate director of admissions at the University of Houston Law Center and Carla Anderson, director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Minara Mordecai, Piyada Nonzee, and Elisabeth Steel Hutchison held a series of Mock Law School Admissions Panels in which they and attendees role-played the admissions process by reviewing three applications to a fictitious law school. The first session on October 8 was sponsored by the UH Mānoa Political Science Department, the Mānoa Undergraduate Certificate in Law & Society, the Mānoa Pre-Law Advising Center, and the Mānoa Pre-Law Association (MPLA).
    The panel repeated the presentation for the UH Mānoa Faculty Mentoring Program & Preparing Future Faculty Series on November 8. On Wednesday, Elisabeth, Minara, and Piyada made the presentation at Chaminade University and at Hawai'i Pacific University. Jim McKeon '15, an adjunct professor at Chaminade, brought his World Civilizations I students to the Chaminade event.

    Elisabeth Steele-Hutchison, Piyada Nonzee, and Minara Mordecai

    From left: Chaminade Career Services Staff, Pre-Law Advisor Wayne Tanna, Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Minara Mordecai, Piyada Nonzee, Jim McKeon '15 (back), and Chaminade Students​
  • The Law School and Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice co-hosted a "Symposium on Health and Nutrition Policies" on November 8. Judy Waxman, vice-president of health and reproductive rights, National Women's Law Center and Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center spoke about health care coverage and access, anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts, and policies to improve conditions for low-income people. Hazel Beh and Jenny Lee of Hawaiʻi Appleseed discussed the issues in a local context and Avi Soifer moderated.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Law School's Elder Law Program (UHELP) hosted the "International Elder Law Conference with a Veteran's Focus" at the Hale Koa Hotel. The conference focused on issues facing elders and especially elder veterans.
    Keynote speakers included Army Lieutenant Colonel Arthurine Jones, a veteran of the Iraq War who spoke about her work with homeless women veterans in Chicago and UH Mānoa Professor Emerita Beverly Keever, who recalled her experiences as a reporter covering the Vietnam War as chronicled in her recent book, "Death Zones and Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam Reporting."
    The Elder Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i co-sponsored the conference with additional support from the Stetson University College of Law.
  • Professor Nicole Garnett of Notre Dame University will present "Was Jane Jacobs Wrong? Confronting the Paradoxes of Mixing Land Use" as part of the Distinguished Gifford Lectureship in Real Property Series sponsored by Carlsmith Ball on Monday, November 18. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, followed by a reception.
    Professor Garnett is Professor of Law & Policy Coordination and teaches in the areas of property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education.
    The lectureship was established nine years ago by the Gifford Foundation to honor David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, and prominent Big Island attorney Jerry M. Hiatt '77 for their outstanding work in the field of real property law. Each year the lectureship brings a prominent speaker in the field of property law to Hawai‘i to share innovative scholarship.


  • On November 5, Leon Davenport '14, Raven Sevilleja '16, Evening  Student Raine Arndt, and Kaki Vessels '16 participated in a panel presentation about life as a law student at a meeting of the Mānoa Pre-Law Association.
  • Today the Law School's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic concluded its free legal help sessions for clients starting small business ventures and for members of the public with questions regarding business law. Greg Kim, an attorney specializing in business law, oversaw four sessions at the Mānoa Innovation Center on Woodlawn Drive. Hawai‘i High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), and the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) were co-sponsors. See "Small Business Owners to Receive Free Legal Help From UH Law Students" in Ka Leo on October 28.
  • Lambda Law Student Association members and other student advocates gathered at the Capitol on November 8 in support of the marriage equality bill (SB1). Governor Abercrombie signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

    Clockwise from top left: Lindsay Kukona '14, Kimberlyn King-Hinds '15, Cris Batista, Philip Tumbaga '15, Sarah Miller '15, and Sheena Crail '14

    From left: Kimi Ide-Foster '14, Joshua Michaels '15, Antoinette Lilley '15, and Christilei Hessler '13


  • The Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter also will honor Katy Gassaway '13 with the 2013 Oahu-based Organization Award at the Surfrider Foundation's Awards Ceremony tomorrow. Katy is the co-owner of the Black Cat Salon & Spa in Kailua and in Kaimuki.
  • Jane Kwan '03 will become a partner at the Law Offices of Frank K. Goto, Jr. effective January 1. Jane practices in the area of professional liability for architects, engineers, surveyors, certified public accountants, lawyers, realtors, and other licensed professionals.