October 25, 2013


  • Tae-Ung Baik spoke about “Filtered Universalism and Consolidating Democracy in South Korea” at the 5th Asian Constitutional Law Forum hosted by Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing, China, October 19–20.
  • Charles Booth presented his first lecture to a group of Mongolian judges as part of the IDLO/EBRD Commercial Law Judicial Training Program in Mongolia on October 9. His lecture was presented through GoToMeeting.com, an online video and conferencing website.
    Also, for the third consecutive year, Charlie will serve as a member of the judging panel for the Asian Transformation and Turnaround Association (ATTA) Awards in Hong Kong in November.
  • Diane Desierto will give a lecture based on her new article, "Regulatory Freedom and Control in the New ASEAN Regional Investment Treaties" at the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law hosted by the Indian Society of International Law in New Delhi, India on November 15. The article will appear in the special issue (Fall 2013) of the International Journal of World Trade and Investment.
    On November 18, Diane will be the Expert Speaker for the European Union (EU) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) High Level Dialogue at the Habibie Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. The High Level Dialogue will be a follow-up to the 19th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held in Brunei in 2012 whereby the Foreign Ministers agreed to add maritime cooperation as one of the main areas of dialogue and cooperation to the ongoing EU-ASEAN relationship. The Dialogue brings together senior officials and experts from the ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat, and EU officials, as well as officials from the European External Action Service, European Commission, and the EU Member States.
    Diane's article, "Evolutive Interpretation and Subsequent Practice: Interpretive Communities and Processes in the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR" was just published in 73 Heidelberg Journal of International Law (Fall 2013), pp. 1-42.
  • Charles Lawrence III gave the keynote speech at the annual meeting of the Hawai’i Justice Foundation held at the Hawai’i Supreme Court on Wednesday. Avi Soifer served as the facilitator for the question and answer segment of the program.
  • On Tuesday, Randall Roth spoke about "Legal Issues and Important Societal Issues in 'The Descendants'" to the Pan Am Association—Aloha Chapter at the Waialae Country Club.
    The same day, Civil Beat quoted Randy in an article, "For Sale: Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Center" concerning Kamehameha Schools’ plans to sell the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center improvements.
    On Wednesday, Randy discussed "Civic Engagement in an Island Community" at Honolulu Civil Beat's Civil Cafe and answered questions from the audience and from online viewers.

    Randy Roth was cheered by the faculty this week as they acknowledged his 30 years of service with the Law School


  • Please welcome Gary Cordova, who has joined the UH Foundation as executive director of development–Mānoa. Gary will work to expand fundraising efforts and broaden philanthropic support for the Law School. Most recently, he was the senior director of regional development with the University of Oregon. See "UH Foundation Welcomes Cordova, Henry and Szymanowski to Team." on hawaiinewsnow.com on October 15.

    Gary Cordova

  • Please also welcome our new Financial Aid Officer Lisa Dye, who joined the Law School on Monday.
    Ronette Kawakami wrote: "Lisa has thirteen years of experience working in financial aid and academic advising for both the Oregon community college system and the New Mexico college system.  She recently arrived in Hawaiʻi, and we are fortunate that she can join us immediately.
    Lisa brings enthusiasm and experience to our Law School, continuing the very good work of Hansford Chock who has relocated to California. 1Ls will have the opportunity to meet Lisa at programming on Monday. We encourage 2Ls and 3Ls to make an appointment with Lisa starting the week of October 28."
    Please join me in welcoming Lisa to the Law School 'Ohana!



  • The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii presented the Healing Role in Hawaii award to Da Moms, a group that provides support for parents and families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Da Moms is led by Josephine Chang' 96 and Susie Roth.  See "Meditations" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 5 (log-in required).
  • McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon (M4) associates David Day, Scot Matayoshi '12, Jesse Smith '10, Courtney Sue-Ako '12, and Cat Taschner '11 visited Ma`ili Elementary School in Waiʻanae to participate in the HSBA Young Lawyers Division Junior Judges Program. Cat wrote: "Each attorney spoke to a class of sixth graders about the ethical and legal ramifications of commonly faced issues such as cheating, teasing, bullying, stealing, and property destruction. After the lesson, the M4 lawyers joined the students for lunch and spoke about their experiences both in school and as attorneys."

    Cat Taschner ’11 and Scot Matayoshi (back row, wearing lei), and David Day with Ma’ili Elementary School students