September 27, 2013


  • Ronald Brown gave a talk about "Chinese Labor Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation," at the annual conference of the European China Law Studies Association hosted by Oxford University Law Faculty and the China-EU Law School in Oxford on September 19-20. Ron's talk evaluated how well each dispute mechanism was working and suggested proposals for reform in view of new legal initiatives by the Chinese Government.

    Ronald Brown

  • 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: or to (808) 537-6100.
  • The 2013-14 edition of Land Use & Environment Law Review, edited by David Callies and A. Dan Tarlock contains an Introductory Survey essay by the two editors and also reprints David's article, "It All Began in Hawaiʻi," originally published at 45 J Marsall L. Rev. 317 (2012). David's article was chosen as one of five best law review articles on land use (out of nearly 100) by a double panel of reviewers for the new edition. The article was part of a symposium on the 40th anniversary of The Quiet Revolution in Land Use Control, written by David and Fred Bosselman for the President's Council on Environmental Quality in 1971.
    On September 20, David and Office of State Planning Director Jesse Souki spoke about recent developments in planning law at the annual Hawaiʻi Congress of Planning Officials held in Kona. The Congress was opened by Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Billy Kenoi '96.
  • Melody MacKenzie '76 spoke about "Sovereignty and the Native Hawaiian People," on a panel at the American Judges Association’s educational conference in Kona on September 25.
    Melody also will co-facilitate a two-day training for middle and high school social studies teachers sponsored by the Judiciary History Center. The workshop, "Of The People: Hawaiʻi's Experience of American Democracy," will explore how to maintain socio-political identity while adopting a new system of governance; how Hawaiʻi's Constitution today embodies both historical foundations of western democracy and local concepts of identity and governance; and the challenges facing American constitutional democracy in Hawaiʻi in the 21st Century.
  • "Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the William S. Richardson School of Law," appeared in the September issue of the Hawaiʻi Bar Journal. The reflections include excerpts from speeches by Chief Justice "CJ" William Richardson whose vision led the way in making the Law School possible; a perspective on the importance of the Law School to the community and to Hawaiʻi's future by Avi Soifer; and excerpts from an introduction by Melody MacKenzie '76 to Ka Lama Kū o Ka No‘eau, a collection of CJ Richardson's far-reaching legal opinions.
  • On September 19, Randall Roth spoke about the legal issues in the federal lawsuit against the Honolulu Authority Rapid Transit (HART) project to members of the Honolulu Sunset Rotary. 
    Randy also was quoted in a Greenwire article by Eugene Mulero, “Will A $5B Rail System Save Paradise Or Destroy It?” (log-in required).
  • Kapuaʻala Sproat '98 facilitated a training on "Kuleana Under Hawaiʻi Public Trust" for the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply on August 26.
    On September 19, Kapua'ala gave a talk on "Dividing the Waters of Hawaiʻi: Constitution and Making Peace, which explored the quest for water and justice for Hawaiʻi's streams and communities. Panelists included  Isaac Moriwake ʻ98, Earthjustice attorney; Jocelyn Doane '07, Office of Hawaiian Affairs senior policy advocate; and Charlie Reppun, kalo farmer and long-time water rights expert. They all offered their reflections and responded to questions from the audience. Kapua's presentation was part of Peace Day and Constitution Day sponsored by the Law School in partnership with the Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace.

    From left: Isaac Moriwaki '98, Jocelyn  Doane '07, Charlie Reppun, Kapuaʻala Sproat '98, and Anne Marie Smoke (Project Director, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution)

    From left: Isaac Moriwake '98, Jocelyn Doane '07, Charlie Reppun, and Kapuaʻala Sproat '98



  • On Friday, October 4, Judge Chang-ho Chung will speak about "Challenges Faced By Mixed Courts In The Trial of International Crimes," as part of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) Asia Law Talk series. Judge Chung is a United Nations Judge on the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The talk will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.


  • Sonny Ganaden '06 appeared in a photograph and caption in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Island Images feature on Saturday. Sonny -- a member of Te Vai Ura Nui -- danced with audience members during the Tahiti demonstration at the Bishop Museum's reopening celebration of the Pacific Hall after three years of renovations.
  • Governor Neal Abercrombie appointed Yvonne W.M. Lau '93 as education policy analyst, effective October 1. Yvonne most recently served as acting director of the Office of Human Resources Professional Development Branch at the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. See "Governor Appoints C. Mike Kido and Yvonne Lau to His Executive Team."
  • John Waihee III '76 was featured in an article, "Our History Is Still Unwritten," in the September/October 2013 issue of MANA magazine.

In Memoriam

  • We are very sorry to report that Yola Meyer Forbes '83 passed away on September 9. Yola was a professor, an attorney, and a servant leader and she was among the first alumni to live on Molokaʻi. Her obituary appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 22 (log-in required).