September 20, 2013


  • A new article by Tae-Ung Baik, "Fairness in Transitional Justice Initiatives: the Case of South Korea," appeared in 19 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 171 (2012-13), as part of a Symposium, "Implementing Truth and Reconciliation: Comparative Lesson for Korea." The article introduces the development of South Korea's human rights reparation scheme and discusses the importance of fairness in achieving retributive justice.
    In June, Tae-Ung gave a talk about "Human Rights Cooperation in East Asia" at the World Korean Forum at the University of British Columbia and he also spoke about "Building East Asia Community-South Korea’s Role in Human Rights Cooperation in East Asia" at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China in August.
  • Charles Booth is to act as an insolvency expert for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) & European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a Commercial Law Judicial Training Program in Mongolia. His responsibilities include providing guidance and expertise to the Judge-Trainers, developing an outline for a Mongolian Insolvency Handbook, and lecturing on insolvency law to the 15 Judge-Trainers and the Justices of the Supreme Court of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in March 2014.
    Charles was recently reappointed to the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) Fellowship Funding Allocation Panel. He also will serve as an Invited Reviewer for the Research Division of the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) and Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to comment on the proposed Chapter 15 petition form as part of the federal Bankruptcy Forms Modernization Project.
  • Maxine Burkett will talk about the impact of climate change on human populations and possible conflicts caused by climate-induced migration at 5:00 p.m. today at UH Hilo. Maxine's talk, "Is Climate Change a threat to World Peace?" is a prelude to observance of the International Day of Peace on Saturday, September 21.
    Maxine also was just selected as a 2014 Omidyar Fellow. The Fellowship is supported by Pierre Omidyar, the founder and publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat. It is based on the White House Fellows program and seeks to cultivate a community of emerging executives who will collectively bring positive change to the state of Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiʻi Leadership Forum announced the names of the 15 Fellows selected from Hawaiʻi’s business and civic sectors on Tuesday. See "New Omidyar Fellows Announced, And The Winners Are ..."
  • Judge (ret.) James Burns was quoted extensively in "Constitutional Amendment On Marriage Stirs Questions," Richard Borreca's "On Politics" column in the Insight section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday (log-in required).
  • On September 11, Danielle Conway gave a talk about "Indigenous Enterprise and Innovations: The Promise and Peril of Intellectual Property Licensing," at the American University, Washington College of Law, sponsored by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Howard University School of Law Program on Intellectual Property and Social Justice. Danielle's talk presented a discussion of the successes and challenges experienced when using private ordering strategies, such as intellectual property licensing, to protect indigenous intangible assets and resources from misappropriation, specifically, and to exercise control over such resources in furtherance of principles of self-determination, generally.
    The following day, Danielle joined a distinguished panel to discuss the "2013 Marrakesh Treaty: Providing Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind and Print Disabled," hosted by the American University Law School Program on Information Justice and the Public Interest. 
    Danielle also was interviewed in depth for a report, "Rights Clash Amid Dispute Over Mural," in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 15 concerning artists' rights, public works of art, and the rights of indigenous peoples (log-in required).
  • On September 13, Spencer Kimura '96 and Nicole Brauchli-Jageneau LLM '14 (Belgium/Switzerland), Akesh Abhilash LLM '14 (Singapore) and Carolina Bezy LLM '14 (Chile) were interviewed on the Think Tech Hawaii Radio Show, "Hawaiʻi’s Education of International Lawyers." The program explored the Law School's LLM Program through the specific experiences of these international students. 
  • Melody Mackenzie '76 received the Native Hawaiian Award of Excellence at the ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi Welcome Back Luau and 40th Anniversary celebration on September 13. The oldest law student association thanked Melody for her guidance and leadership including a presentation by former Governor John Waihee III '76.

    John Waihee '76 and Melody Mackenzie '76

    Alakaʿi of ʿAhahui o Hawaiʿi, from Left: Kona Kaʿaihue '15, Keone Nakoa '15, Keani Fernandez '15, Melody MacKenzie '76, Kauʿi Pratt '15, Jordan Inafuku '15 and ʿOlu Campbell '15. Missing from the photograph, Keoni Wilhelm
  • Mari Matsuda '80 will give the Harris Lecture at the Indiana University School of Law on Wednesday, September 25. Mari's lecture, “Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education,” will argue against downsizing legal education in times of change and instead she will advocate teaching social change theory and practice in preparing lawyers for the future.
  • Randall Roth co-authored a commentary, Waiting a Bit Longer For Court Decision Could Save More Money In The Long Run, in the Star-Advertiser Insights section on Sunday (log-in required).
    Randy also was interviewed on The Mike Buck Radio Show on and on The League of Women Voters Cable-TV Show about the federal lawsuit against the Honolulu Authority Rapid Transit (HART) project. 
    Randy and his son, John Roth '07, spoke about “Ethics and Laws for Lawyers” to members of the Maui Bar Association. Randy also recently made a presentation on behalf of the UH Foundation at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo.


  • On Monday, September 30, William Tamayo, regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission-San Francisco district (EEOC) will join guest speakers Dina Shek '06, legal director of the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai'i, Moses Haia III '94, executive director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, and Joakim Jojo Peter, Chuukese community advocate to discuss “Civil Rights in Hawai’i and Beyond: From Legislation, Law Enforcement and Jurisprudence in Justice, Reconciliation, and Healing.” Avi Soifer will moderate. The free forum is open to the public and begins at 6:00 p.m. at the HGEA Hall, 888 Mililani Street.
    The following day, Mr. Tamayo will speak at the Law School about "Enforcing Civil Rights Laws in a Diverse and Changing Global Economy." His talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, following an introduction by Linda Krieger, chair of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission.
  • The Law School published the first edition of e-news, an online magazine for our worldwide 'ohana. The magazine features stories about current issues and events within the Law School as well as highlighting our contributions to local, national, and overseas communities. e-news will be published twice a semester. If you have suggestions for stories, please e-mail Julia Wieting at:
  • The Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals will hold Oral Arguments at the Law School in the Moot Courtroom on Thursday, September 26. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. A Q&A session for students with the Judges will begin at 11:20 a.m., followed by a Q&A lunch with ICA Law Clerks at 11:50 a.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 here. Please RSVP here for the Hearing and the Q&A Lunch.


  • At the Annual Susan B. McKay Oral Advocacy Competition last Saturday, 18 law students joined 18 downtown lawyers and Judges to argue a 1985 Hawaiʻi case.
    Dale Lee wrote: "Based on an Intermediate Court of Appeals decision reversing Summary Judgment in favor of the defendant, student competitors took a "second bite at the apple" and re-argued a Motion for Summary Judgment.  R.J. Brown '14 and Jiro Yuda '14 amassed the two highest scores, earning the honor to argue a Final Round before 1st Circuit Court Judge Gary Won Bae Chang. 
    A single point separated Jiro and third highest scorer Sara Tsukamoto '14, followed by fourth highest scorer, Leon Davenport '14 (just three points behind). The remaining Top Ten High Scorers included: Grant Fasi Allison '15, Christiaan Mitchell '14, Loren Seehase '15, Jason Adaniya '15, Michael Dunford '15, and Louise Togiai '15."
  • On Tuesday, the Evening Part Time Program hosted a panel discussion about the voting rights. Panelists Andrea Freeman, Eric Seitz, and Avi Soifer discussed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v Holder, its implications, and the role of the Voting Rights Act in the history of civil rights in America.


  • Lawyers and Law School students enjoyed a day of camaraderie and recreation at the 2013 Landshark Invitation Surf Contest held at Kewalo Basin on September 7.
    Contest director Mihoko Ito wrote: “The waves cooperated and provided for a great day of surf and lots of fun. Special thanks go to the WSRSL Environmental Law Society and many other lawyer and non-lawyer volunteers who volunteered their time throughout the day to make the event a success.
    Among the traditional awards, Silver Surfer Greg Lui-Kwan '82 won the John Lim Memorial Costume Contest with 2nd place going to Red Baron Blake McElheny '99. Kaleio Fong won the Aloha Spirit Award (for pushing a fellow novice surfer into a wave) and Jim Leavitt won the Best Wipeout Award. 
    Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Ashford & Wriston, Ayabe Chong Nishimoto Sia & Nakamura, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, Keker & Van Nest, Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association, Surfrider Foundation-Oʻahu Chapter, and Lexis Nexis sponsored the event.








    Men's Shortboard Opio (under 40)
    1. Nathan Roehrig '03
    2. Doug Cole '10
    3. Brian Tallarico

    Men's Loio Shortboard (40-54)
    1. Blake McElheny '99
    2. Doug Wong '02
    3. Mark Tarone '00

    Men's Makule Shortboard (55+)
    1. Jim Bickerton
    2. Jim Leavitt
    3. Gordon Kim '84

    Men's Opio Longboard (under 40)
    1. Cameron Black '08
    2. Nate Roehrig '03
    3. Mike Carroll

    Men's Loio Longboard (40-54)
    1. Blake McElheny '99
    2. Clay Valverde
    3. Doug Wong '02

    Men's Makule Longboard (55+)
    1. Jim Bickerton
    2. Greg Lui-Kwan '82
    3. David Nakashima '77

    Men's Bodyboard
    1. Kaleio Fong
    2. David Frankel '92
    3. James Nakano

    Mens SUP
    1. Clay Valverde
    2. Blake McElheny '99
    3. Larry Remillard

    Women's 35 & under Shortboard
    1. Justine Chimieewski
    2. Rosie Brady
    3. Kylie Wager '14

    Women's over 35 Shortboard
    1. Dawnie Ichimura
    2. Maile Shimabukuro '00
    3. Mihoko Ito

    Women's Longboard
    1. Mihoko Ito
    2. Shae Kamakaʻala '14
    3. Linda Aragon

    Women's Bodyboard
    1. Dawnie Ichimura
    2. Mihoko Ito
    3. Natalie Younozsai '05

    Women's SUP
    1. Shae Kamaka’ala '14
    2. Mihoko Ito

    1. Kaleio Fong
    2. Winston Wong
    3. Julie Suen