November 22, 2013


  • Due to Thanksgiving holiday, the next Ke Kula Kānāwai will be published on December 6.


  • John Barkai spoke about "Strategic Planning for Tribal Communities" at an annual leadership conference on Creating Stronger Nations in Honolulu on October 8.
  • A commentary by Danielle Conway, "The Importance of Strong Government Oversight" about the government's Affordable Healthcare Act website and the Hawaii Health Connector project appeared in Honolulu Civil Beat on November 20 and also as "Hawaii Health Connector Do Over" in Huffpost Hawaiʻi on November 21.
  • Randall Roth co-presented a Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) program, "Ethical Practices and Malpractice Avoidance" for the Hawaii State Bar Association Tax Section yesterday.


  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison was appointed to the Membership Committee of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA) at their business meeting in Los Angeles on October 25.
  • On Wednesday, Dr. Michelle Evans spoke about "Navigating the Territories of Indigenous Leadership: Exploring the Experiences and Practices of Australian Indigenous Arts Leaders." Dr. Evans is a Research Fellow at Melbourne Business School in Australia and a 2013 Fulbright Scholar. The Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professorship in Business Law and the Shidler College of Business co-sponsored the event.
  • The International Elder Law Conference with a Veteran's Focus sponsored by the Law School's Elder Law Program was held at the Hale Koa Hotel on November 12-13. The conference focused on the legal, medical, psychological, ethical and practice issues faced by lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other professionals in providing or assisting in accessing benefits and services for older persons and especially for veterans.
    Lieutenant Colonel Arthurine Jones, an Iraq War veteran, spoke about the work of the National Women Veterans Association of America (NWVAA) and presented Judge Coral Wong Pietsch of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims with a service award on behalf of the association. UH Mānoa Professor Emerita Beverly Keever described her seven years as a war correspondent in Viet Nam.

    The Veterans Expert Panel, from left: Judge Coral Wong Pietsch, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; Tracey Betts, director, Honolulu Veterans Administration Regional Office; Michael Allen, dean of Stetson University College of Law; and Pamela Harms, Alston, Hunt, Floyd and Ing

    Beverly Keever and James Pietsch

    Judge Pietsch and Lt. Col. Arthurine Jones

    Conference attendees
  • Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi will present "The Constitutional Evolution of Overseas U.S. Territories-1898 to Present" as the inaugural lecture of the Jon Van Dyke Lecture Series sponsored by the Hawaiʻi and Puerto Rico Chapters of the Federal Bar Association and the Law School on Thursday, December 5. Judge Gelpi is U.S. District Judge, District of Puerto Rico and President of the Federal Bar Association. The lecture will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, followed by light refreshments.


  • On Monday, Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) hosted a well attended Career Fair in the Law School Courtyard with attorneys and advocates from public interest organizations. 

  • The 2013-14 Client Counseling Team welcomes Laura Cushman '15, Eric Irwin '15, and Keone Nakoa '15 who join returning members Eliza Browning '14 and Nara Sitachitta '14. The team's focus this year involves First Amendment issues.

  • On Thursday, the Environmental Law Program hosted a colloquium, "An Environmental Court in Hawaiʻi?" at which Judge Michael D. Wilson, of the First Circuit Court; William Tam, deputy director for the Commission on Water Resource Management; and Randall Awo, of the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) discussed the possibility of establishing such a court in Hawaiʻi.

  • The 2013 Ete Bowl, the Law School's award-winning flag football team event, will be played on Sunday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the UH women's soccer field in the quarry. A post-game party will follow in the Courtyard.
    See "Award-Winning Richardson Law School Ete Bowl on Tap for Sunday, Nov. 24 at UH Soccer Field"


  • Kim Chanbonpin '03 has been tenured as a full professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. 
  • Lim Chong Fong, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Law School in 2003-2004 was recently appointed as a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya. While at the Law School, Lim conducted comparative research on construction law and dispute resolution.
  • Sunny Greer '09 authored a chapter in the national NAGPRA anthology, "Accomplishing NAGPRA: Perspectives on the Impact and Future of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act," published this month by Oregon State University (OSU). The anthology, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is part of the First Peoples New Directions in Indigenous Studies Series. The series is a collaboration between the presses at OSU, the University of Arizona, the University of Minnesota, and the University of North Carolina.

  • Damien Horigan '95 recently moved to Kabul and is teaching in the Department of Business at the American University of Afghanistan.
  • Sabrina McKenna '82 spoke at the opening reception of the International Bar Association-Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) Joint Conference in Tokyo on November 12.
    The following day, Justice McKenna participated on a panel that discussed the "Impact of Integrating Gender Perspective to Legal Practice." 
    On November 14, she gave a presentation to the JFBA on the "Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession."

  • Brian Shaughnessy '99 and his son Amadeus will perform in the Hawaiʻi debut of their autobiographical play, "The Squeaky Wheel/Homage to Amy" at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street, Honolulu on November 24, 25, and 26 at 7 p.m. The play tells the story of Brian, who is a quadraplegic, and 12-year-old Amadeus following the death of wife and mother Amy in 2006. Brian and Amadeus performed the play last summer at the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Tickets are $10.

In memorium

  • We are very sorry to report that Margaret Shizue Ushijima '83 passed away on November 9. Margaret was a former Dean of Students at UH Hilo and a partner with her late husband, John Ushijima, at the law firm of Ushijima & Ushijima in Hilo. Her obituary is here.
  • We are also very sorry to report that Nalani ("Lani") Markell '95 passed away on October 11 in Hilo. Nalani worked as a legal assistant at the Department of the Attorney General and she was also a freelance artist and photographer. Her obituary is here.