November 8, 2013


  • On October 25, Charles Booth participated in a panel discussion on "Building Global Partnerships and Opportunities in Asia—Vietnam and the USA as a Model for Growth and Success," at the New York State Bar Association International Section Seasonal Meeting 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
    The following week, he presented certificates to graduates of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) Diploma in Insolvency Course 2012-13. Charlie co-designed the course in 1999 and is a course co-director.
    During his visit to Hong Kong, Charlie met with members of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau and the Official Receiver's Office to discuss the government's proposed corporate rescue law.
  • On November 1, the American Judicature Society Hawaii Chapter honored Justice Simeon R. Acoba with the Dwight Opperman Award, Judge (ret.) James S. Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the late Jon M. Van Dyke with the Herbert Harley Award for their outstanding contributions in protecting the integrity of the justice system in Hawaiʻi. Following dinner, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Avi Soifer, and National AJS Vice-President Rebecca Wiggs spoke about the honorees. Sherry Broder spoke on behalf of the family after receiving the award given to Jon Van Dyke. The banquet at the Waiʻalae Country Club was co-chaired by Ivan M. Lui-Kwan and Russell J. Lau with music by Puamana. See "Awards to Retired Judge James Burns, the late UH Law Professor Jon Van Dyke, and Justice Simeon Acoba."
  • Andrea Freeman joined civil rights attorney Eric Seitz and Avi Soifer in a panel discussion about Shelby County vs. Holder for the Evening Part Time Program's Constitutional Hot Topics class on September 17.
    On October 24, Andrea moderated a panel on Consumer Law with Bruce Kim, executive director of Hawaiʻi's Office of Consumer Protection; Jeffrey T. Ono, executive director of Consumer Advocacy for Public Utilities at the Department of Consumer Affairs; Daria Loy-Goto, chief complaints officer at RICO, and attorney Jeff Crabtree.
  • An extensive bibliography of English language articles addressing Japan's millenial justice system reforms and collated by Mark Levin and Adam Mackie '13 was re-published in the Journal of Japanese Law / Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Volume 17, No. 35.
    “Truth or Consequences of the Justice System Reform Council" was originally published in the Law School's  Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (APLPJ). JJL/ZJapan is jointly published by the German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV) and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law (MPI) in Hamburg and has wide readership in the EU and Oceania legal academic communities.
  • The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaiʻi honored founding member Richard S. Miller at its 20th Anniversary Celebration at Kapiʻolani Community College on November 1. The event recalled the milestones in drug law reform and guest speaker Ethan Nadelman, founder and executive director of the National Drug Policy Alliance, spoke about "Ending the War on Drugs: Are We Really at the Tipping Point?" Dick is currently editing a 40-year history of the Law School.

    Richard Miller

    Matt Miller and Andrea Miller '84

  • On Tuesday, Randall Roth spoke to LLM students about “Lessons Learned from the Broken Trust Story.” That afternoon, he discussed civic activism with Professor Kate Zhou’s Political Science class on Global Politics. On Thursday, he spoke about legal issues in "The Descendants" movie to the Legal History of Hawaiʻi class taught by Williamson Chang and Carl Christensen. Today, Randy talked about Law Firm Accounting & Client Relations in the Business of Law Practice class taught by Ken Lawson.
  • Laurie Tochiki '80 was featured in an article, "Making a Difference" in the November issue of Honolulu magazine. Laurie founded and is CEO of Effective Planning and Innovative Communication (EPIC), which aims to transform child welfare by breaking down the barriers between the social worker, the family, and the DOE to make better connections.


  • On Thursday, Colonel Mark Bridges spoke about his experiences defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Bridges is the Staff Judge Advocate for the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii, Schofield Barracks and is the recipient of the ACLU's Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty for defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Andrea Freeman organized the forum.
  • The Law School's bar passage rate for 2013 graduates rose from 75 percent annually for our most recent over the past three years to 85 percent for the July 2013 Hawai‘i State Bar exam. Also, the passage rate for all Richardson graduates who took the test increased to 78 percent from 71 percent a year ago, and the passage rate for all Richardson first-time takers rose to 83%.
    These increases follow a concerted effort by the Law School to get students thinking about the bar exam earlier and to help them prepare more systematically. Avi Soifer said that the increased passage rate is a testament to the efforts of the Richardson faculty and staff-- and particularly to the efforts of Liam Skilling '07 -- but that it underscores the high quality of our students and their willingness to work hard.
  • On Thursday, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted Maoli Thursday, at which Palikapu Dedman of the Pele Defense Fund and Pastor Ron Fujiyoshi discussed "Prisons or Puʻuhonua: Retribution or Healing?" Williamson Chang moderated the discussion.
  • The Law School faculty, staff, students, and family members enjoyed the annual Halloween Trick or Treat event on October 31.






  • The 2013 3L-1L v. 2L-1L  Men's Flag Football Fall Classic was held on Saturday at the Ching Field (UH Practice Field).
    Ete Captain Kimi M. Ide-Foster '14 wrote: "Ete would like to thank all of the Richardson community who came out to support or play in the Annual Men's game this past Saturday. Events like this and the BBQ after it are what make Richardson special, and we can't do it without you guys. Congratulations to the 3L-1L Landshark team on a hard-fought victory (9-6). All the players did an awesome job. Mahalo!"

    The 2013-14 Men's Flag Football joint team
  • The Pacific Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO) will host a Symposium on Informational Justice, "Beyond the Principle of 'Fairness' in Criminal Procedure: Significance of the Notion, 'Informational Justice,'" on Monday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CR3. The symposium is co-sponsored by Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) and the Center for Forensic Clinical Psychology, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.


  • The American Bar Association Section of State & Local Government Law 2012-2013 Law Student Awards honored Kainui Smith '13 and Onaona Thoene '13 for their work in the areas of land use law and local government law. Their awards include a current Section publication and a certificate of recognition. See the Fall 2013 issue of State & Local Law News (log-in required).
  • Claire Hanusz '99 was featured in an article, "The Honolulu Attorney Seeks Justice for People Caught in America's Web of Immigration Laws" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 18 (Log-in required).
  • Youli Wang LLM '10 passed the New York Bar exam.
  • The Law School's Alumni Association honored Richard T. Bissen '86 (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Diane Hastert '78 (Dean's Alumna of the Year), and Kapuaʻala Sproat '98, (Public Service Award) at the 10th Annual All-Class Reunion at the Hale Koa Hotel on September 27.

    From left: Richard Bissen '86, Diane Hastert '78, Alumni Association President Jill Nunokawa '88, Avi Soifer, and Kapuaʻala Sproat '98