08/01/2006

Law, Ethics and Lobbying in Hawaiʻi Seminar Scheduled for Morning of August 24th. The Seminar is Free, but Space is Limited, so Sign Up Now.

Are you lobbying when you represent a client at a State Legislative hearing or a meeting with a legislator? Is the rule different if you are in-house counsel for your client or your client is a nonprofit? Do you have to register as a lobbyist? What are the new restrictions on campaign contributions by companies with government contracts? What are your rights with respect to the presentation of oral testimony before a county council or an administrative board?

Come to our Law, Ethics and Lobbying in Hawaiʻi Seminar and find out. The seminar will be free, but there is limited room, so please let us know you are coming by sending in the attached Seminar Flier. The Seminar will be at the State Capitol, Room 325, just an easy walk from downtown. Our distinguished panel will include Leslie Kondo, Director of the State Office of Information Practices, Barbara U. Wong, Executive Director of the Campaign Spending Commission, and Daniel Mollway, Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission, and will be moderated by respected journalist and retired news anchor Jade Moon.

Please Send in Directory Forms, Even if You Have no Changes to Make.

The good news is that about 700 alumni have responded to our Directory information request. The bad news is that 1,000 alums haven’t yet responded. If you are in the latter group, please send in your form by mail, fax or email. If it’s okay as is, just check the appropriate box and send it in. If you have changes, or would prefer other (home or P.O. Box) information be listed, just fill in the appropriate boxes. If you don’t want to be listed, just check that box as well.

If you misplaced your directory form, but the info was okay when you looked at it earlier, simply send an email to lawcsdir@hawaii.edu telling us that your directory info was okay.

All Class Reunion at Sheraton Moana Surfrider Set for the Evening of Sept. 29th; WSRSLAA to honor Outstanding Alumna Jackie Mahi Erickson ‘77.


Sunset on Waikiki Beach--Visitors spend thousands of dollars to fly from around the world for the experience. You can have it for (almost) free! Mark your calendar now to join the Alumni Assn., fellow alums and friends for our 3rd Annual All Class Reunion at the stately and historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel on Waikiki Beach, 5:30 – 9 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2006. Heavy pupus, libation and good company—you can’t miss. Guests are welcome, so bring along your pals, spouse or significant other.

Personalized invitations will be sent out soon, but don’t wait ‘til then to decide to come, and encourage a few classmates, co-workers and friends to join you.

This year, the WSRSLAA proudly recognizes as its Outstanding Alum Vice President and General Counsel for Hawaiian Electric Co., Jackie Mahi Erickson (’77). Jackie’s classmates, co-workers, mentees and many friends are encouraged to join the Assn. in recognizing Jackie for her many accomplishments.

Alumni from all classes are welcome and encouraged to come (it’s the “All” Class Reunion, after all). However, we will be especially recognizing the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th reunion classes of 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981, respectively. If you’d be willing to be a contact person for your class, please contact Della Au Belatti or the Association at lawalum@hawaii.edu.

Alumni Association Pitches in on Habitat for Humanity Project on the Leeward Coast.

Twenty-five Richardson Law School alumni, students and friends participated in the construction of two homes on the Leeward Coast on Saturday, July 1st. One group helped clear a building site of debris and then helped pour the concrete footings for one home, which is in a flood zone. The other group helped with carpentry work on another home further along in the construction process. Both homes are being built for needy and deserving families living in Leeward Oahu.

Mahalo to Kirsha Durante for bringing the project to the Association’s attention and for acting as a liaison between the Association and Habitat and our thanks to Kirsha’s father, Kirk, of the Leeward Habitat for Humanity Board, for being the on-site coordinator for the work.

The following alumni, law students and friends pitched in on the project: Della Au Belatti, Shawn Benton, Kimberly Benton, Ming Chi, Linda Chow, Steve Duck, Kirsha Durante, Dennis Enomoto, Rosemary Fazio, Stuart Kaneko, Summer Kupau, Kevin Lu, Teresa Lu, Greg Lui-Kwan, Ray Marks, Mayvera Mataele, Lori Ohinata, Maura Okamoto, Julie Padron, Betty Rosenberg, Gen Tamura, Jim Williston, Keith Yamada, Mason Yamaki, and Wendy Yamamoto.

Ete Bowl Scheduled for Nov. 4th -- Practices Begin in September; Call if You’d Like to Play or Coach.

If you are a recent (or not so recent) graduate with a yen to play or coach women’s flag football, please call Kapua Sproat ’98  or send an email to Sonja McCullen ’02  or Alison Kunishima ’03. Practices will start at 2:30 on Sunday, September 10th, so start jogging and give a call or show up at Kamamalu Field (between Nuuanu YMCA and the Pacific Club).

Check the Law School’s Calendar of Events and our website in October to find out when this year’s game will be held (most probably in November).

New WSRSLAA Officers and Directors--Aloha to Outgoing Officers and Boardmembers.

The Alumni Board is looking for an alum to serve as Vice President. If interested, please call Pres. Jill Hasegawa or email the Assn. at lawalum@hawaii.edu.

The Association wishes to thank its retiring boardmembers—Elbridge Smith ’77, who has served on the Alumni Board for the past six years, Scott Suzuki ’04 (two years), and Kirsha Durante (’04), who filled the remainder of Jill Hasegawa’s term when Jill was elevated to Vice President last year.

The following will be the WSRSLAA’s officers for the coming year: Pres.--Jill Hasegawa ‘04, V.P. – You? Treas. - Wendy Miki ‘00, Corresponding Sec. - Rosemary T. Fazio ’78, and Recording Sec. – Shawn Benton ’05.

Directors representing the Classes of 1976 - 1990 for two-year terms will be: Robyn Au ‘80, Diane Hastert ‘78, and Jim Williston ’78, who will join Haunani Burns ‘80, Alexa Fujise ‘80 and Stuart Kaneko ’77, who were elected last year to represent those classes.

Reelected as Directors representing the Classes of 1991 - 2005 for two-year terms are: Lori Hiraoka ’00, Steve Duck ‘03 and Jody Kaulukukui ’98. They join Della Au Belatti ’03, Summer Kupau ‘04, and Wendy Yamamoto ’03, who were elected in 2005 to represent those classes.
We also welcome to the Board the Dean’s appointees for the Class of 2006: Levi Hookano and Trisha Nakamura. They join the Dean’s appointees for 2005, Ming Chi and Malia Schreck.
Greg Chee ‘81, Partner in Taylor, Leong & Chee Law Firm Passes Away Unexpectedly.

Gregory W.K. Chee, 49, a prominent estate planning and elder law attorney with the law firm of Taylor, Leong & Chee passed away unexpectedly on Oahu on July 9, 2006. Greg is survived by his wife of 19 years, Cheryl; his daughters Alyssa “Makamae”and Amanda “Pualei”; his mother, Cynthia Chee; his sister Elsbeth “Toodie” Chee; his brother H. “Puni” Chee; and his law partners Carroll Taylor and Kimo Leong.

Greg grew up initially in the Isenberg St. area, then in Ewa Beach, where he attended Ewa Beach Elementary School through 6th grade, before attending and dorming at the Kamehameha Schools from 7th grade through graduation in 1974. At Kamehameha, Greg was an honor student and excelled in track and football, being named an ILH all-star lineman his senior year.

At the University of the Pacific, Greg majored in history and political science. During his junior year, he met and fell for his future wife, Cheryl, then a freshman. The romance went long-distance while Greg finished his law degree in Hawaiʻi and Cheryl finished pharmacy school at UOP. Shortly after graduation, Greg clerked for U.S. District Court Judges Walter M. Heen and Samuel P. King, then, when Judge Heen was named to the State Intermediate Court of Appeals, Greg followed. In 1984 Greg joined his close friend and classmate, Kimo Leong, in what was then the Law Offices of Carroll S. Taylor. Two years later, with Greg’s career on a solid foundation, he and Cheryl wed.

Many in the legal community knew Greg through his participation in Lawyer’s League football, softball and volleyball, where he was known as a fierce competitor, but always gracious in victory or defeat. Greg was also well known at the Armed Services YMCA for his weightlifting prowess. His priorities changed, however, when his daughters began to grow up and Greg enjoyed becoming a soccer dad, coach and referee when Makamae began to play soccer.

A celebration of Greg’s life was held at the Bishop Memorial Chapel on the Kamehameha campus on Sunday, July 23rd. Greg’s close friends Kimo Leong and Duff Zwald shared memories of their many good times with Greg. A video collage of Greg’s life, prepared by Makamae, was included in the celebration. A loving father, husband and brother, and blessed with a kind and generous spirit, Greg will be missed by all.

Deputy Public Defender Todd Watanabe ’90 Passes Away Suddenly in May.

The Office of the Public Defender was stunned on May 19th by the sudden death of long-time friend and Deputy Public Defender Todd Akihiro Watanabe. Todd was born in Wahiawa, but grew up Waipahu, where he was living when he died so prematurely at age 44.

Before attending the Richardson Law School, Todd received a Bachelor’s Degree in broadcast communications at Pepperdine University in California.

Todd is survived by his mother, Jean M. Watanabe, and his sisters Charlijean A. Watanabe Taniguchi, Lori K. Kanaeholo and Lilinoe F. Watanabe.

A memorial service for Todd was held on June 1, 2006 at Mililani Memorial Park, presided over by the Reverend Toyokazu Hagio of the Waipahu Hongwanji Mission. Remembrances of Todd were shared by Public Defender John Tonaki and Deputy Public Defender Darcia Forester ’95.

Alumni Recognized for their Service to VLSH.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi (VLSH) recently recognized a number of Richardson Law School alumni for their dedication to providing volunteer legal services to those in need. Shannon Wack ’90 and Isaac Keahi Smith ’82 both received “Honorable Mention” for the “Spirit of VLSH Award.” Shannon has donated nearly 300 hours of pro bono legal services over the past five years, and Isaac has donated over 370 pro bono hours over the same period. Both Shannon and Isaac have conducted numerous legal clinics for VLSH. Mahalo also to the following alumni who each donated 50+ hours of pro bono time to VLSH in 2005: Philip Doi ’78, Naomi Hirayasu ‘81, Dyan Medeiros ‘96, Ellen Politano ’80, and Elbridge Smith ‘77.

Environmental Law Happenings; National Recognition and Casey Jarman Endowed Scholarship Being Established.

The Environmental Law Program (ELP) is being recognized at the ABA’s annual meeting in Honolulu for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy, and the ELP’s Director, Prof. Denise Antolini, was recently named to receive the UH Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations to Denise and the ELP.

At its annual Pa`ina, the ELP surprised former program director Casey Jarman with an endowed scholarship in her name. There are two simple ways to make a donation to the new scholarship fund:

1. Write a check to: UH Foundation, with a memo line reading: "Law School - Jarman Environmental Law Scholarship Endowment" and send it to P.O. BOX 11270 Honolulu, HI 96828.

2. Check the ELP web site home page (www.hawaii.edu/elp), then go to the story about the endowment and click on “mail” to download a form to send to the U.H. Foundation.

 


Law School Facelift and Library Expansion.

The Law School is bursting at its seams, having added, since its construction in the early 1980s, a number of new faculty members and programs, including an International LL.M. program, a summer school program, a Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, an Environmental Law Program and a pro bono program. The law library is also nearing capacity, and lacks shelf space for its collection and adequate space for technology-based legal research media and equipment. After a year-and-a-half of internal discussion and deliberation spearheaded by Prof. Denise Antolini and Prof. and Law Librarian Lei Seeger, the Law School received upper campus support for a plan to expand the Law School’s facilities, principally its library, which had been built with the possibility of a second floor in mind. Our mahalo to the legislature, which recently approved planning monies to get the project rolling. The expansion will need a blend of public and private support for construction over the coming years and the Dean and we will be up-dating you periodically on the progress of these plans.

Alumni Tidbits.

1980 – Best wishes to Iwalani White, who has been appointed by Governor Lingle to serve as the Director of the State Dept. of Public Safety, subject to Senate confirmation. Iwalani has been serving as Honolulu’s Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under Prosecutor Peter Carlisle.

1983 – Hats off to Jan Naoe Sullivan, a Pacific Business News Businesswoman of the Year Nominee for 2006. Jan is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Oceanit, an Ocean engineering firm, following careers in land use law with Takeyama & Sullivan and as the Director of Land Utilization for the City and County of Honolulu. She is also currently serving on the City’s Charter Commission.

1991 – Walter Rodby proudly announces the opening of his new office, focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation, following 14 years at the Office of the Public Defender, where he handled defense cases ranging from DUI to murder. Walter’s new office is in the Pacific Guardian Ctr.

1999 – Congratulations to Adam Borrello, recently recognized by Pacific Business News in its “Forty under 40” list of young business leaders on the rise. Adam, a surfer, is Director of International Licensing and Marketing for T&C Surf Designs, Hawaiʻi, a local company which markets its products internationally.

2002 – The Sunday Star Bulletin devoted the cover page of its Business section on Febrary 26th to Bree Kurihara’s and Jamie (Tanabe) Cheng’s conversion from land use attorneys at Imanaka Kudo & Fujimoto to owners and managers of the Elements Spa & Salon on Kapiolani Blvd., across from the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.