October 11, 2013


  • The Law School again is ranked 1st in the nation as the Best Environment for Minority Students, this time by the 2013-2014 Princeton Review that rates the country’s top 169 law schools. The Law School also ranked 3rd in the country for the Most Diverse Faculty and 5th for Most Chosen By Older Students.


  • David Callies co-chaired a conference on regulatory taking law on October 3-4 at Touro University's Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center on Long Island, New York. He also participated in panel discussions with Julie Tappendorf '97. Also participating in the conference were Robert Thomas '87 and David Breemer '01. On the way back to Honolulu, David had brunch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Emily Klatt '11 who is an attorney at the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, Health System Legal Office. Her husband, Amir, is finishing his medical school studies at the University of Michigan.
    David's article, "Koontz Redux: Where We Are and What's Left," concerning the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District was just published at 65 Planning & Environmental Law 7 (October, 2013). The article summarizes the law on land development conditions and forecasts what is likely to happen in the future.


    Dean and Professor of Law Patricia Salkin and David Callies
  • Diane Desierto co-authored an article, "Investment Pricing and Social Protection: A Proposal for an ICESCR-adjusted Capital Asset Pricing Model," which appeared in Oxford Journals at ICSID Rev. 2013 28: 405-419 (log-in required).
    In August, Diane gave a talk about "Reframing State Responsibility: Interpretive Communities in the Evolutive Interpretation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. Diane also spoke about "Sovereign Wealth Financing Paradigms: Transparency Issues and International Regulation" at the University of Warwick Faculty of Law in the UK in early September.
  • Mark Levin wrote: "On Wednesday, September 25, Ka Leo reported an announcement from the Chancellor's Office that the UH Mānoa would become tobacco-free beginning January 1, 2014.  After KCC's transition earlier this year, this will make UHM the second and largest university campus in the state to go tobacco-free, lining up with policies at nearly 800 colleges and universities on the U.S. mainland. Mark Levin, together with Kristen Scholly of University Health Services, were the principal drafters of the new policy and have been working closely with the Vice Chancellor of Students office to develop a successful implementation plan." 
  • On October 4, Randall Roth spoke about “Ethical Lawyering and Malpractice Avoidance for Family Lawyers” at a lunchtime Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) presentation for the Hawaii State Bar Association Family Law Section. 
    On Sunday, he discussed “Civic Engagement” with members of the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders at their monthly meeting.
    In a two-part series, which aired on Hawaii Public Radio last week, Randy spoke about “Hawaiʻi’s Brain Drain: Why They Leave.” He also joined a panel last Thursday with Paul Brewbaker on HPR's Town Square to discuss "The Price of Paradise Revisited."


  • Please welcome Judge Igor Chirosca from Moldova, who is visiting the Law School for one month on a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Chirosca is teaching Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law. He will use the Visitors/Adjuncts office during his stay.

    Judge Igor Chirosca
  • On October 4, Judge Chang-Ho Chung spoke about “Challenges Faced by Mixed Courts in the Trial of International Crimes” as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series. Judge Chung is a United Nations Judge on the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Tae-Ung Baik and David Cohen organized the event.

    Tae-Ung Baik, Avi Soifer, and Judge Chang-Ho Chung
  • On October 31, the Elder Law Program (UHELP) will present its annual "Nite of the Living Will" beginning at noon in the Moot Courtroom. The daylight Halloween event covers end-of-life health care decisions and invites attendees to execute advance directives.
  • Hawaii Friends of Justice & Civic Education will host a wine and cheese evening at the home of Rich Turbin and Rae Saint Chu at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18. The fundraiser, which benefits youth with incarcerated parents, will honor Patti Lyons for her lifetime work in social justice. She will be presented with the first annual “Patti Lyons Social Justice Award.”


  • Two teams of students from the Law School’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic will offer free legal help to clients starting small business ventures and to members of the public who have questions regarding business law. Greg Kim, an attorney specializing in business law, will oversee the sessions, which will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; 9:00 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Oct. 23; 9:00 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Mānoa Innovation Center (MIC) at 2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 100.
    The sessions are a partnership among the Law School, Hawai‘i High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), and the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
  • On October 6, Spencer Kimura '96 and Avi Soifer led a group of LLM students on a hike up Diamond Head. Blessed with cool hiking weather, the group took in the panoramic view at the top before heading back down to enjoy a picnic at Waialae Beach Park.








  • Chin Malin LLM '09 has been appointed the Under-Secretary of State, the third-highest position in the Ministry of Justice in Cambodia.
  • Dang Thanh Son LLM '10 has joined Baker & McKenzie in Hanoi as a senior lawyer, after three years as general counsel for Viettel, the biggest telecom operator in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
  • Nicole Manglona Torres was admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). See a report on kspn2.com television news on October 4 and also "9 Attorneys Admitted to the CNMI Bar" in the Saipan Tribune on October 4.