October 4, 2013


  • On September 16, Charles Booth spoke about "Latest Developments in the BRICs Countries: China" at the INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Program at St. John’s University in New York.
  • On Friday, November 1, the American Judicature Society Hawaii Chapter will honor Judge (ret.) James S. Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the late Jon M. Van Dyke with the Herbert Harley Award for their contributions in protecting the integrity of the justice system in Hawaiʻi. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Waialae Country Club. See the invitation here. Please RSVP to: iluikwan@starnlaw.com or to (808) 537-6100.
  • On September 20, Williamson B.C. Chang spoke about the Legislature's Act 117 -- which calls for converting Kulani Correctional Facility from a minimum-security prison to a puʻuhonua -- at the Liliʻuokalani Children's Center in Hilo.
    On September 26, Williamson participated in a panel discussion about "Who owns Hawaiʻi's water and do we have enough?" with Dan Boylan on PBS Hawaii's Insights program. Earlier that day, at a joint meeting of the HSBA International Law Section and the Seoul Bar Association, Williamson presented a 200-year history of the evolution of state corporation law in the United States as part of a symposium on comparative corporation law.
  • Ramona Hussey '89 shared the Law School's accomplishments and opportunities at the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association Annual Convention on September 27.

    Ramona Hussey '89

  • Dale Lee has been appointed our new Director of Professional Development. Dale will direct and oversee all aspects of the Law School's Professional Development program for students, including career services, counseling, professional development programs, employer interviews, and other relevant duties and initiatives.
    On September 27, Avi Soifer wrote: "Dale’s decades of experience as a civil litigator, his service as a past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, his extensive friendships and contacts with members of the Bar and the Judiciary, and his dedication to the Law School and our students make him particularly well-qualified to be our new Director of Professional Development.
    I hope you will join me in extending our warmest thanks to Minara Mordecai, who stepped up to the plate when we needed someone to fill in as the Interim Director of Professional Development when Cyndi Quinn '88 left to become Secretary of the Board of Regents. Minara did an excellent job in keeping the Professional Development program running well, particularly the 1L programming and mock interviews and the recent very successful On Campus Interviews. With additional help from Lyn Flanigan '81, Piyada Nonzee, and Marnelli Basilio, Minara put these programs together on short notice and yet with much success. Minara will return to her original duties as Director of Special Projects."
  • On Tuesday, Mark Levin wrote: "For a second year, Richardson Riders rolled through sun and rain to complete the Honolulu Century Ride on September 29. Pictured below at Sandy Beach, the Zealous Advocates group of 100 milers included Rod Flores, Judy Sokei '16, and Jade Wong '10. The Easements of Passage group of 50 milers included David Forman '93 and Mark Levin.
    Our next grand event will be the Haleʻiwa Century Ride in April, but with group rides between now and then. Interested folk should contact David Robyak '14 at: drobyak@yahoo.com or Mark Levin."

    Richardson Riders at Sandy Beach, from left: David Forman, Jade Wong '08, Mark Levin, Rod Flores, and Judy Sokei '16
  • Prior to the upcoming special legislative session on October 28, Avi Soifer will moderate a symposium on the religious exemptions in the proposed marriage equality bill on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the State Capitol Auditorium. The symposium will be broadcast live on ‘Olelo Channel 49. The panel will include Andrea Freeman, James Hochberg '84, attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom and president of Hawaii Family Advocates; and Lois Perrin, legal director of the ACLU of Hawaiʻi. The proposed marriage equality bill and other materials are available here. For more information, please contact Marnelli Joy Basilio at lawevent@hawaii.edu.
  • A chapter by the late Jon Van Dyke concerning the "Introduction of Western International Law Into Japan" has been published in Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law, Contemporary Issues and Challenges, edited by Seokwoo Lee of Inha University, and Hee Eun Lee of Handong International Law School, and published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2013).
    Professor Van Dyke made a luncheon presentation on the issue at the Sho Sato Conference at Berkeley Law School in Spring 2011. His paper describes practices of international law that developed in Asia, and particularly Japan, while most historical summaries focus on the growth in Europe and the West. He also described the interactions between Asia and the West involving international relations, international law, and the active participation of Asian countries in the development of International Law in the 20th Century.


  • The Law School welcomes Gary Cordova, our new Director of Development. Gary's office is Room 216, his phone number is: 956-7439, and his e-mail is: gary.cordova@uhfoundation.org.
    Avi Soifer wrote: "As his curriculum vitae illustrates, Gary has had extensive fundraising experience and it is great to be able to welcome him back to Hawai'i and to the Law School. Please drop by to say hello to him when you have a chance."
  • Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted Maoli Thursday yesterday, in which Linda Krieger, Kealoha Pisciotta, a cultural and religious practitioner; and Dr. Maile Taualii of the UH Manoa Office of Public Health Duties discussed "Aloha ʻĀina, Aloha Kānaka: Protecting Cultural Sites for the Well-Being of Native Hawaiian Communities." Shaelene Kamakaʻala '14 moderated the discussion.
    At Ka Huli Ao's Maoli Thursday on September 5, Tae-Ung Baik and Carole Petersen discussed "The International Human Rights Puzzle: Where do Indigenous Peoples Fit?" Alison Connor moderated the discussion.

    Tae-Ung Baik and Carole Petersen

    Alison Connor

  • The Law School announced it would waive its $75 application fee for applicants who have demonstrated a dedication to community service, social justice and the public interest. See "Application fee waiver instituted by William S. Richardson School of Law" and "UH Law School Waiving $75 App Fee for Good Samaritans" in Honolulu Civil Beat on October 2. The application fee waiver was also reported by KHNL Hawaiʻi News Now in their 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts on Wednesday.
  • The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold Oral Arguments at the Law School in the Moot Courtroom on Wednesday, October 9. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and the hearings begin at 10:00. A Q&A session with the judges will begin at noon, followed by a Q&A student lunch with law clerks at 12:30 p.m. An ID will be required to sign in. No bags, backpacks or beverages will be allowed into the Moot Courtroom. Briefs are available for reference at the Front Desk of the Law Library or online. Please RSVP here for the Hearing and the Q&A Lunch. See "9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Honolulu next week" in Pacific Business News on September 30.


  • The Law School's 6th Annual Run for Justice -- a 5k fun run/walk around campus -- will be held on Sunday, October 13 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The event raises funds for Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) grants. Prizes will be given for the top three participants in each age group and for the best costumes. For information and registration forms, contact the 2013 RFJ coordinator Lauren Kurashige '15.
  • On Wednesday, the Environmental Law Program hosted a colloquium, at which Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland and Amy Brinker '11, president of the Hawaii Food Policy Council spoke about "Grassroots Organizing for Hawaii's Food Movement."
  • ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi -- the Law School's oldest law student association -- hosted the annual Welcome Back Lūʻau and celebrated the Law School's 40th Anniversary on September 13. This year's lūʻau theme was "He ulu nō ka lālā i ke kumu" meaning "The branches grow because of the trunk" (Without our ancestors, we would not be here -- ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 1261).










  • Sonny Ganaden '06 is curator of a new exhibit “Trip Around the Island” in the Hamilton Library’s Bridge Gallery at UH Mānoa. The exhibition features 30 contemporary prints created by local artists, inspired partly by the work of the grass roots organization Save Our Surf, and by the work of Juliet May Fraser, and other artists of Hawaiʻi’s past. Items from the SOS collection include prints, photos, flyers, and posters that highlight issues from the movements for environmental, economic, and racial equality. "Trip Around the Island" opens on Sunday, October 6 with music by Paula Fuga, Ryan Kamakakehau Fernandez, and Seph One from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The exhibition is free and will remain on view for the fall 2013 semester. See Save Our Surf/Trip Around the Island on Facebook.
  • Brice Dumas LLM '08 visited the Law School on his recent trip to Honolulu. Brice -- who is admitted to the bar in Papeete and in New York -- now practices in his own law firm in Tahiti and teaches courses in Legal English and Contracts at the University of French Polynesia.

    Williamson Chang, Brice Dumas LLM '08, and Justin Levinson

  • Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna '82 will deliver the keynote address at the annual Scholarship and Commitment to Diversity Awards Banquet of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley today at the Hotel Sofitel, San Francisco Bay.
  • Calvin E. Young '82 and Sara M.K. Young published an article about the Law School, "Powered in Numbers, Fueled by a Dream," in Pacific Business News on September 27.