October 18, 2013


  • Alison Conner attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law held in Little Rock, Ark. on October 10-12. At this year's meeting, Alison presented a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Society to Professor Jerome A. Cohen who has visited the Law School many times and most recently taught a course on Human Rights and Criminal Justice in China during the 2013 J-term. Alison served as secretary of the Society from 2008-2012.

    Professor Jerome E. Cohen and Alison Conner
  • Maxine Burkett spoke about “Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions” yesterday at Yale Law School. Maxine's talk was hosted by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.
  • The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaiʻi will honor founding member Richard S. Miller at its 20th Anniversary Celebration at Kapiʻolani Community College, Ohelo Building on Friday, November 1. Ethan Nadelman, founder and executive director of the National Drug Policy Alliance, will speak about "Ending the War on Drugs: Are We Really at the Tipping Point?" Tickets are $50 per person and include a dinner buffet. Parking is free. See the invitation. Please RSVP to: info@dpfhi.org or call Alice at: (808) 988-4386.
  • Linda Hamilton Krieger has been awarded the 2013 Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award by the UH Mānoa Commission on Diversity (COD). In congratulating Linda, UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple wrote to her: "We are all deeply indebted to you for your excellent work in Ulu Lehua. We are a better university by your efforts and our students have a better impact on our society through your work."
  • On October 5, Susan K. Serrano '98 spoke about “The Human Costs of ‘Free Association’” at the LatCrit (Latina/o Critical Legal Theory) 2013 Biennial Conference, "Resistance Rising: Theorizing and Building Cross-Sector Movements," in Chicago. Susan's talk focused on the health care crisis facing Micronesians in Hawai‘i and its connection to the complex historical and present-day relationship between the U.S. and the Compact of Free Association nations.
  • Avi Soifer participated on a panel about "Institutional Priorities and the Budget" at the Fourth Biennial Workshop, "Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership" at the University of Washington on October 12 and also presented a lecture on "Inducement, Coercion, and Different Facets of Servitude" at Boston College Law School on October 15.
    Avi then joined Maxine Burkett and Mari Matsuda to interview candidates at the annual Association of American Law Schools Faculty Hiring Conference held from October 17-19.
  • Eric Yamamoto and Miyoko Pettit '15 will deliver the opening address,"Unfinished Business: A Proposal for a Joint United States and South Korea Task Force to Further Implement and Update Recommendations for Jeju 4.3 Social Healing Through Justice" at a conference on "Social Healing and The Jeju April 3rd Tragedy" today at Jeju National University on Jeju Island, South Korea. The address is to be the centerpiece of the conference, and the proposal will be featured on a Jeju television program and in a newspaper series. Eric, Miyoko, and Sara Lee '13 coauthored the proceedings submission for the conference.


  • On Tuesday, former Associate Supreme Court Justice of the Philippines and current Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales spoke about "Corruption in the Asia-Pacific: The Philippine Experience." Justice Carpio-Morales's talk was organized by El Cid Butuyan, visiting lecturer in teaching a mini-course on "Criminal Law Topics: Global Anti Corruption Enforcement."


  • On October 13, Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) held their 6th Annual Run for Justice. Shauna Imanaka '15 wrote: "Proceeds from the run go towards funding the APIL summer grant and fellowship program. APIL would like to thank the volunteers, race participants, sponsors, and donors who helped make the event a success. APIL really could not have done it without you. Race times and photos are now available at apilatuh.com."


    Law students from second on left: Michelle Ching '15, Kevin White '14, Norman Wong '15, Joshua Michaels '15, Antoinette Lilley '15, Keone Nakoa '15, David Kaplonski '15
  • District Court Judge Lanson K. Kupau spoke about "Children and the Courts" at a lunchtime forum on Wednesday co-sponsored by Law for Youth Empowerment (LyTE) and Phi Delta Phi (PDP).


  • Mars Johnson was admitted to the Guam Bar on September 30 and to the Northern Mariana Islands Bar on October 4.
  • Brent Renison '96 and Wayne Weightman '01 were featured in an article, "Widow’s odyssey to the US" in The Phnom Penh Post on October 9.
  • Glenn Sonoda '07 recently joined the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity as a compliance investigator.

  • The Alumni Association, 'Ahahui O Hawai'i and the Environmental Law Society will host a Garden Day on October 27 from 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Courtyard. The team will tackle basic maintenance of the Courtyard garden, enjoy refreshments, and connect with the broader Richardson 'ohana. Interested gardeners please contact Khara Jabola '15 at: jabola@hawaii.edu or: (808) 264-2096.

    Garden Day 2011