September 13, 2013


  • Danielle Conway was interviewed in a report, “Artist Considers Legal Action Against Hawaii Tourism, on on September 9.
  • Virginia Hench and the Hawaiʻi Innocence Project, with the assistance of Wesley Kau, received a grant from the Department of Justice Wrongful Conviction Review Program of $316,417 for two years, beginning October 1.
  • On Tuesday, Avi Soifer also wrote: "I am very pleased to share the news that Dina Shek '06 has reached a milestone in fundraising efforts for the Law School’s Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) at Kōkua Kalihi Valley. As you know, our law students, through pro bono, externships, and a clinic course provide direct legal services to low-income families in Kalihi in this prize-winning program. Student work is supervised by Dina and by Randy Compton '12. MLPC is a joint project of the Law School and Kokua Kalihi Valley, an innovative community health center. With a new grant of $45,000 from Hawai‘i Appleseed, Dina now has secured over $108,000 in 2013 and achieved a fundraising total of just over $330,000 since MLPC’s first planning grant of $9,500 in 2009."
  • On Thursday, September 19, Kapuaʻala Sproat '98 will speak about "Dividing The Waters Of Hawaiʻi," concerning water rights and legislation surrounding Na Wai ‘Eha in Central Maui. Her presentation, which also celebrates Peace Day and Constitution Day, is sponsored in partnership with the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and will feature a panel of community experts for additional perspectives. The talk and discussion will be from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Classroom 2, and refreshments will be available beginning at 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $6 in the parking structure on Dole Street behind the Law School.


  • Kelly-Ann Hernandez and her husband Adam welcomed their second son Jayden N. at 8 lbs. 0.6 oz and measuring 20 inches on September 7.

    Jayden Hernandez
  • The Law School was named among the top schools for externships in the Back to School 2013 issue of National Jurist preLaw. See "Top Schools For Externships."
  • A festival of Law in Film, "Let's Film All The Lawyers," will run from September 14-20 at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art. The opening night reception is from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Saturday, to be followed by a screening of "Hannah Arendt." Tickets are $15; Honolulu Museum members, $12. The festival, which includes "!2 Angry Men and "My Cousin Vinnie" is sponsored by the Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert law firm.


  • On September 7, 10 law students volunteered at the Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation Annual Gala at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The gala's theme was "Back to the Future" and the show featured the four mayors of Hawaiʻi, including Kirk Caldwell '84 and Billy Kenoi '96. Gala proceeds will fund programs dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in need.

    Standing, from left: Diana Kim '16, Sharon Cacurak '16, Laura Cushman '15, Jeff Hu '14, Mari Feiteira '14, Cassie Bagay '14, and Melissa Kolonie '14. Seated, from left: Joanna Zeigler '15, Frances Demapan '15, and Desiree Manuel '15
  • The University of Hawai‘i Law Review 2013-2014 Editorial Board welcomes the following staff editors: Kelsey Anderson '15, Marcus Busekrus '15, Ana Cornwell '15, Dana Harada'15, Ronson Honeychurch '15, Shauna Imanaka '15, Jordan Inafuku '15, Kelsey Inouye '15, Desiree Manuel '15, Dorothy Meisner '14, Andrew Michaels '15, Pohaikauilani Nuuhiwa '15, Serena O'Grady '15, Miyoko Pettit '15, Sarah Sheffield '15, Kelly Suzuka '15, Brent Wilson '15, Sean Wong '15, and Joanna Zeigler '15.

    The current Law Review Editorial Board also includes:
    Co-Editors in Chief: Ewan Rayner '14 and Trisha Tamaru '14
    Executive Editor: Sommerset Wong '14
    Managing Editor: Chynna Stone '14
    Outside Articles Editors: Sarah Foronda '14, Daylin Gibson '14, and Andy Pettit '14
    Casenote Editors: Tiffany Dare '14, Ashley Fukutomi '14, and Jessica Gima '14
    Comments/Technical Editors: Casey Jones '14, Leigh Okimoto '14, Ronald Rodriguez '14, Mahina Tuteur '14, and Toby Yamashiro '14

  • ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi will host the annual Welcome Back Lūʻau and will celebrate the Law School's 40th Anniversary today beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Courtyard. The Hui -- formed during the school's early years -- is the Law School's oldest law student association. This year's lūʻau theme is "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). Tickets in advance are $15 for students, $20 for guests and $20 for tickets at the door.
    Tickets for the Wahine volleyball game this evening are also available from Hui members. Or contact Melody Kapiliʻaloha Mackenzie '76 who will reserve a ticket for you at the door.