12/01/2006

Join WSRSLAA Now for 2007 and Get a Free Alumni Directory.

If you join the WSRSLAA for 2007 (see enclosed Membership Form for details) prior to the end of 2006, you will receive a free Alumni Directory when they are finalized toward the end of this year. Payment may now be made by credit card through PayPal (see form for details).

January Service Project – Assist Waimea Valley Audubon Center on Saturday, January 27; Help Preserve Waimea Valley.

The Alumni Association will be helping to restore and preserve the Hawaiʻi Audubon Society’s botanical collection at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center in Waimea Valley. We will be working from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Work will include: weeding, mulching, outplanting, clearing areas for planting and vine removal. Bring lunch and picnic afterwards on the property near the picturesque Waimea Falls. Weeding tools, water and juice will be provided. Bring work gloves if you have them.

Help preserve the botanical and cultural resources of one of the last intact ahupua`a on Oahu. If you would be interested in joining the work party or have any questions, please contact the Association at lawalum@hawaii.edu. Let us know if you would be interested in carpooling.

Alumni Directory in Final Stages – Last Clear Chance to Up-date your Listing.

Mahalo to the nearly 1,000 alumni who responded to our Alumni Directory solicitation. The 2006-07 Directory is nearing completion, but we wanted to provide one last opportunity to those who have changed jobs, had an office move, or have changed email addresses, or added new areas of private practice emphasis (up to six total) etc., since they sent in their Directory Forms, and to those who may have held off sending in their forms because they were in the process of finding a job or changing jobs, or for other good reasons (such as “I forgot” or “the dog ate it.”)

If your directory data have changed from the data on the form that was sent to you previously and you didn’t send us an up-date, or if the data have changed since you sent us your form, please fill out the attached Directory Form and transmit it in accordance with the form ASAP. In the alternative, you may send the Association an email (to lawalum@hawaii.edu) explaining clearly the information you wish to amend, delete or add.

Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal (“APLPJ”) Alumni Association

APLPJ, founded in 1999, recently celebrated its seventh year of publication. The present board recently met with APLPJ alumni to spearhead the creation of an alumni association. The alumni association, among other things, will seek to advise, mentor, and publicize APLPJ through the establishment of a formal network between current members and alumni. Any APLPJ alumna or alumnus who is interested in participating or being added to the APLPJ alumni directory, is asked to contact Andrew D. Stewart (’02) or Robert Sherman (’06). The most recent issue (Winter 2006) of APLPJ can be viewed on the web at: www.hawaii.edu/aplpj/.

Law, Ethics, Lobbying and Sunshine Seminar a Success.

The Alumni Association would like to thank Leslie H. Kondo (’90), Executive Director of the State Office of Information Practices, Barbara U. Wong (’03), Executive Director of the State Campaign Spending Commission, and Daniel Mollway, Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission, for their informative presentations at the WSRSLAA’s Seminar on Law, Ethics, Lobbying and the Sunshine Law held on August 24th at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Our thanks also to “retired” news anchor Jade Moon for kindly serving as the moderator for our distinguished panel. Over 50 alumni, lobbyists and others interested in the topics attended the seminar organized by alumna Melissa Pavlicek (‘96). The number of attendees and their many questions demonstrated the need for the seminar.

Class of 1992’s 15th Reunion Coming Up – Help Plan the Event.

The Class of 1992 (you know, the folks who graduated a year after Todd Eddins and a year before Jon Yoshimura), mark your calendars for Sunday, May 6, 2007 for a class reunion, probably a potluck at Waimanalo Beach Park. To help plan this family fun event, call Patsy (Kirio) Saiki , email David Frankel or contact Doug Ushijima. Event details will follow.

Law, Ethics, Lobbying and Sunshine Seminar a Success.

The Alumni Association would like to thank Leslie H. Kondo (’90), Executive Director of the State Office of Information Practices, Barbara U. Wong (’03), Executive Director of the State Campaign Spending Commission, and Daniel Mollway, Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission, for their informative presentations at the WSRSLAA’s Seminar on Law, Ethics, Lobbying and the Sunshine Law held on August 24th at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Our thanks also to “retired” news anchor Jade Moon for kindly serving as the moderator for our distinguished panel. Over 50 alumni, lobbyists and others interested in the topics attended the seminar organized by alumna Melissa Pavlicek (‘96). The number of attendees and their many questions demonstrated the need for the seminar.

All Class Reunion Attracts Over 100 Alumni & Guests to the Moana Surfrider

Over 100 alumni, faculty and guests attended the Alumni Association’s annual gala reunion at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel on the balmy evening of Friday, September 29th. The Association recognized Hawaiian Electric’s Vice President and General Counsel, Jackie Mahi Erickson (’77), as its 2006 alumna of the year for her many professional accomplishments and long-term commitment to the University of Hawaiʻi and the community, and Dean Soifer recognized ICA Associate Judge Alexa Fujise (’80) as the Dean’s 2006 awardee for her many contributions to the Law School and the WSRSLAA over her 26 years on the Alumni Board. The Association also extended its aloha to Associate Dean Carol Mon Lee, who will be retiring at the end of the year, thanking Carol for her steadfast support of the Association over the past 10 years

Soft Hawaiian music, great pupus and warm weather combined to create a festive atmosphere for alumni to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and catch up with members of the Law School faculty and administration. Mahalo to the event committee of Della Belatti (’03), Haunani Burns (’80), Norm Cheng (’02), Ming Chi (’05), Jill Hasegawa (’04), Lori Hiraoka (’00), Levi Hookano (’06) and Jim Williston (’78) for planning a great event.

Alumnae Bruzers Win Hard-Fought Flag Football Contest vs. Law School Etes 36-18.

Despite the loss of two key team leaders, Sharon Nishi (’87) and Lei Medeiros (’89 _), to family emergencies on the mainland, the Bruzers pulled together and played a solid Ete Bowl flag football game, both on offense and defense, ultimately prevailing 36 (6 TD’s) to 18 (3 TD’s) over the Law School Etes.

In the first half, the Bruzers built a solid 18-0 lead on two Kara Young (’05) touchdowns and quarterback Jill Nunokawa’s (’88) TD sneak up the middle. The Etes seemed to have some early game jitters, with a number of incomplete and dropped passes, compounded by a pass interception by first-year Bruzer Stephanie Thompson (’05) at free safety.

In the second half, the Etes played the Bruzers even, with each team scoring three TD’s. Kara Young built the Bruzer lead to 24-0 early in the half, scoring on a long pass from Nunokawa. After the Bruzers regained the ball on another Stephanie Thompson interception near their goal line, their attack stalled and they were forced to punt. The Etes took advantage of the good field position and answered with a TD run by Ete back/receiver Sarah Wong (2L). The Bruzers answered with a short pass from Nunokawa to Kara Young, who scampered down the left sideline, then cut across the field, evading tacklers for 40 yards and a TD. The Etes countered with a long TD pass from QB Miriah Holden (2L) to Sarah Wong. After the Bruzers’ next drive sputtered, the Etes then closed to within 12 on another Holden to Wong completion. The Bruzers ended the scoring on a swing pass to veteran halfback Stacy Kailio (’90), who ran it in for the TD.

Although not reaching the end zone this year, receiver/half-backs Colette Honda (’01) and Jenn Young (’04) contributed key catches, runs and kick returns in keeping the Bruzers’ offense flowing.

The offensive line of Kirsha Durante (’04), Michelle Puu-Lozier (’02), Angela Lovitt (’97), Robin Melchor (’01), and newcomer Denise Hevicon (’00) did a great job of protecting the quarterback, allowing no sacks. Kirsha, who was drafted into playing center only two days before the game due to the loss of veteran center Medeiros, did a great job of snapping the ball safely to the QB.

The defense played a spirited game despite a dearth of substitutes. They would like to thank newcomers Stephanie Thompson, Lora Han (’05) and Tonya Tapper (’02) for coming out, Ronnie Kawakami (’85) for unretiring, and Stacy Kailio, Michelle Puu-Lozier and Angela Lovitt of the offensive squad for filling in when the “D” got pooped. The rest of the defense was: Shannon Alivado (‘04), Della Au Belatti (‘03), Alison Kunishige (‘03),
Angela Correa-Pei (‘99), Sonja McCullen (‘02), Shellie Park-Hoapili (‘02), Rochelle Vidinha (’01), and Malia Lee (‘04).

The Bruzers would like to thank their coaches and managers for their efforts leading up to and on game day. Coaches included: on defense, David Arakawa (’81), Mark Hakoda, James Hoapili, David Cheng and Isaac Moriwake (’98); and on offense Jim Williston (’78), Seth Harris (’01) and Matt Sandrich. Managers were Haunani Burns (’80), Colette Gomoto (’86), Linda Chow (’88), Rosemary McShane (’81) and Julie Padron. Special thanks to team organizers Lei Medeiros, Sharon Nishi, Alison Kunishige (’03) and Sonja McCullen (’02) for making the game happen.

Class of 1996 Holds 10th Year Reunion.
(We thank Spencer Kimura of the Class of 1996 for the following report.)

About 30 WSR alumni from the class of 1996, spouses and guests gathered at their 10-year class reunion September 30, 2006 at 3660 On the Rise Restaurant. It was a fun-filled evening with great food, great friends, and good fun! Teresa Favilla and husband, Christopher Chow ('95), flew in from Washington D.C., Jacqueline Molnar came with her husband from North Carolina, and Brent Renison came with his wife from Portland, Oregon. Billy Kenoi flew over from Hilo and Craig DeCosta came with his wife from Kauai. Robert Wachter took the cake, however, flying all the way from Seoul, Korea to party with us! Everyone shared what they've been doing over the past decade and reminisced about the good ol' days at the Law School. Billy Kenoi kept the class in stitches with his "How Can?!" defense argument, which he perfected at the Public Defender's office.

Bar Election Results.

Congratulations to the following alumni who were elected or reelected for Hawaiʻi State Bar Association Offices: Judicial Selection Commission (HSBA Rep.) – Susan Ichinose (’77); HSBA Directors: Steve Chow (’81), Jackie Mahi Erickson (’77), Ronette Kawakami (’85), and Jodi Lei Kimura Yi (’95); and HSBA Young Lawyers Division Boardmembers: Nichole Shimamoto (’01) (Pres.) (elected last year), Jill Hasegawa (’04) (V.P./President-Elect), Ryan Sanada (Treas.) (’00), and Directors Sat Freedman (’01), Leghton Hara (’02), Della Au Belatti (’03), Kristina Toshikiyo (Maui rep.) (’03), and Jefferson Malate (E. Hawaiʻi rep.) (’00).

Hawaiʻi General Election Results – Many Alumni Elected to Serve the Public.

We would like to congratulate the following alumni (including visitors), who were elected to serve the public in this year’s elections.

Lt. Governor James (“Duke”) Aiona (’81);

State Legislators: State Senators Carol Fukunaga (’76) and Brian Taniguchi ('78), joining Senators Paul Whalen (’91) and Colleen Hanabusa (’77) who were elected in 2004; State Representatives Scott Nishimoto ('02), Scott Saiki ('91), Kirk Caldwell ('84), Della Au Belatti ('03), Sylvia Luke ('95) (vis.), Blake Oshiro ('96), Sharon Har '98 (vis.), Alex Sonson (vis.), Maile Shimabukuro ('00), Dwight Takamine (’78), Cynthia Thielen (’78) and Tommy Waters, '93;

On the State Board of Education: Mary Cochran (’85) and Randall Yee (’83); and

On the county councils: J Stanley Yoshimoto (’92) (Hawaiʻi County Council); and Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho (‘89) (Kauai County Council).

IYoshimoto, Belatti and Har are first-time office holders and Senator Hanabusa has been chosen by her colleagues to serve as Senate President. She is the first alum to serve as the presiding officer of either the Hawaiʻi State Senate or House of Representatives. If we have inadvertently omitted the name of any alum who was elected, please let us know and we will include the name in our next newsletter.

Alumni Tidbits.

1977 – Congratulations to Colleen Hanabusa who has been chosen by the Hawaiʻi State Senate to serve as Senate President. She is the first alum to serve as the presiding officer of either the Hawaiʻi State Senate or House of Representatives.

1981 -- Mahalo to Kerry Komatsubara for agreeing to serve on the very busy Planning Commission of the City and County of Honolulu.

1998 – Hats off to Catherine Awakuni, who has been named the Executive Director of the DCCA’s Division of Consumer Advocacy (commonly referred to as the “Consumer Advocate”). The Division acts on behalf of the consuming public in matters before the State Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Cat had previously served as an attorney for the PUC.

1999 -- Congratulations to Kai Wang upon her election as a partner in the Carlsmith Ball law firm earlier this year. Kai’s practice emphasizes complex real property and commercial land use law. In addition to her J.D., Kai also holds a law degree from her native China.

 

On the following Monday, Teresa Favilla, Christopher Chow and Jacqueline Molnar visited the Law School, where they held a discussion on "Lawyering in the Real World,” giving law students very practical advice and sharing anecdotes about practicing law on the mainland.

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Dear WSRSL Community:

 

I am very pleased to announce that two exceptional people will be joining us by January as key administrators who also will be law teachers.

Dale W. Lee, currently a partner at Kobayashi, Sugita and Goda, will be our new Chief Operating Officer and Senior Adviser and he will continue to teach, as he previously has done as an adjunct. (In UH technical terms, Dale will be a Faculty Specialist.)

Cynthia D. Quinn '88, who is currently teaching business law full-time at Hawaiʻi Pacific University as well as practicing law as a Senior Associate at Bronster Crabtree Hoshibata, will be our new Director of External Relations and Communications. Cyndi also will teach, beginning with Administrative Law in place of Casey Jarman this spring semester.

These terrific candidates (whose applications and resumes are available through Kristi) emerged from an exceptionally strong field. As heartily as I can convey, I want to thank Wes Kau, Richard Lee, Calvin Pang, and Laurie Tochiki who did tremendous service in helping to structure these positions and to screen the many strong candidates who applied. Thanks also to all the staff, faculty, and students who spent time with the candidates and helped in the process. There is no replacing Carol Mon Lee, of course, but we are assembling a wonderful new team.

I am also very pleased to report that the University review of a long-proposed and richly-deserved change in title for Laurie Tochiki is in its final, very promising stages. Please stay tuned for that announcement, and for further word about the Associate Dean-Academic: this position will be a current faculty member who will rotate for a brief time through this important academic leadership role.

 

Aloha,

 

Dean Aviam Soifer