Your $20 dues and event fees are the most significant sources of income to the Richardson Law School Alumni Association. Dues have not been raised in over 8 years. What did your dues do this past year?


Dues and Don’ts – Credit Card Payment Option Now Available through PayPal

Regular Payment by Check. Please do send in your 2007 Alumni Association Dues of $20. Don’t delay. Simply fill in the Membership Form below and send it in, with your $20 check payable to “WSRSLAA,” to WSRSLAA at P.O. Box 952 Honolulu, HI 96808. Without your support we won’t be able to continue to provide you news about your classmates and what’s happening at your Law School. December 2006 graduates are automatically members for 2007. Think you’ve prepaid your 2007 dues? Check our Website (http://www2.hawaii.edu/~lawalum/)

PayPal Credit Card Payment Option. We have recently established a credit card payment option through PayPal, whereby alumni who have a PayPal account may simply log on to: https://www.paypal.com/ and send their dues to the WSRSLAA using their credit card. After logging on, simply click the “send money” tab, enter the payment amount (“$20.00” in U.S. dollars) and designate the payee’s email address as “wsrslaa@yahoo.com”). Please include your email address and, under “note,” please let us know whose dues are being paid and any mailing address up-date we should know about. If you do not have a PayPal account, it is simple to sign up, and setting up a basic account costs you nothing.


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December 2006 graduates are automatically members of the WSRSLAA for 2007

Nomination Form for
William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association
2007 Outstanding Alumni Award

P.O. Box 952
Honolulu, HI 96808
EMAIL IN PDF FORMAT: lawalum@hawaii.edu

POSTMARK/EMAIL DEADLINE: Tuesday, July 3, 2007
*** Nomination forms received after the deadline will not be considered. ***

Name of Nominee: _________________________ J.D. Year: ________
Address: _________________________________ Phone: ____________________
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Submitted by: J.D. Year: _________
Address: _________________________________ Phone: ___________________
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Describe the nominee’s professional qualifications and accomplishments (use additional pages if necessary):
Describe the nominee’s record of public interest activities and service to the community, including service to the University of Hawaiʻi, the Richardson Law School, the Alumni Association, and other organizations affiliated with the U.H. or Law School (use additional pages if necessary):
Describe any other reasons that the nominee should receive the Distinguished Alumni Award (use additional pages if necessary):
Alumni, Especially Class of 1982 Alums, Invited to Attend Class of 2007’s Graduating Class Dinner.

The Alumni Association will be holding its Fourth Annual Graduating Class Dinner for the Graduating Class of 2007 on the evening of Saturday, April 21 at the Lehua Ballroom of the Waikiki Resort Hotel, which is at the mauka, ewa corner of the intersection of Koa and Liliuokalani Avenues. All alumni, especially those in the 25th Anniversary Class of 1982, are invited to join in the festivities. First Circuit Court Judge Sabrina McKenna (’82) and Prof. Hazel Beh (’90) have graciously agreed to address the 3L Class of 2007.

Join the Class or 2007 for a Korean-style buffet, with Kal-bi ribs, Barbecued Chicken, Chap Chae, Korean Vegetables, and Rice and a Class retrospective slide show, all for $25 (which includes valet parking). If you would like to attend, please contact Levi Hookano (’06) by April 14th.

2007 Golf Tournament Set for Thursday, May 17th at Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club; Promote your Business by Being a Sponsor or Prize Donor.

Alumni golfers—mark your calendars! After a one-year hiatus, we are back! This year’s 20th Annual Law School Alumni and Friends Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 17th at the beautiful Hawaiʻi Prince Golf Club in Ewa. As always, a sumptuous banquet dinner will follow, with many prizes and loads of fun. If you would be interested in serving as a Class Coordinator for your class, or in joining our Tournament Committee, please call Tournament Co-Chair Colin Kurata or email the Association (lawalum@hawaii.edu).

If you would like to promote your business or firm, be a tournament sponsor or prize donor. Contact Colin Kurata or the Association by email.

Alumni Association Pitches in at Waimea Valley Audubon Center.

On a beautiful January morning over 30 Richardson Law School alumni, faculty, family and friends cleared the invasive and other non-native foliage from the area surrounding Pond #4 at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center. Ming Chi (’05) and two of his friends even jumped into the pond to remove unwanted algae. Some of the group, including Dean Soifer, also removed undesirable foliage from the Center’s hibiscus garden. After three hours of work, the group walked up to Waimea Falls to enjoy a picturesque lunch (see accompanying photo).

Thanks to the alumni who drove out to the North Shore to help restore Waimea Valley: Rosemary Fazio (’78), Jim Williston (’78), Calvin (’82) and Leslie Young (joined by their family members, Sara and Katie Young and Kaleo, Sean and Janelle McCabe), Greg Lui-Kwan (’82), Debbie Lee (’82)(joined by her daughter, Vonne), Philip Lahne (’84) (joined by his wife, Pamela), Marc Garren (’97 V), Carter Siu (’99), Sat Freedman (’01), Steve Duck (’02), Jill Hasegawa (’04), Ming Chi (’05), Chris Ewan (’05), Levi Hookano (’06) and Blaine Rogers (’06).

Also working hard were Law School Dean Aviam Soifer, Professor Mark Levin (and his son, Sam) and a number of law students and friends: Rebecca Delafield, Asami Miyazawa, Kim Plaushine, Everett Ohta, Ming Wong, Zachary Kondo, and James and Kevin Lu.


Here is a picture of the group relaxing in front of Waimea Falls after a hard morning’s work.

Habitat for Humanity Project Set for July 21, 2007.

The Alumni Association will be sponsoring a workday for Habitat for Humanity on the Leeward Coast on Saturday, July 21, 2007. More details will follow in our next newsletter.

Although we reported on our Habitat for Humanity project of last year in our August, 2006 newsletter, we did not have a chance to share a picture of the Alumni Association group at the Waianae house site. Pictured below are the following members of our group: Della Au Belatti (’03), Shawn Benton (’05), Kimberly Benton, Ming Chi (’05), Steve Duck (’02), Kirsha Durante (coordinator) (’04), Dennis Enomoto, Rosemary Fazio (’78), Stuart Kaneko (’77), Summer Kupau (‘04), Kevin Lu, Teresa Lu, Greg Lui-Kwan (’82), Ray Marks, Mayvera Mataele, Maura Okamoto (’97), Betty Rosenberg, Gen Tamura, Jim Williston (’78), Keith Yamada, Mason Yamaki, and Wendy Yamamoto (’03). Not pictured, but also helping were Linda Chow (’88), Julie Padron, and Lori Ohinata (’90) who worked principally on another Leeward house site that was closer to completion.


Class of 1992 Planning Reunion for Sunday May 6th at Magic Island.

The Class of 1992 Reunion is currently scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at Magic Island. For more information, contact Natalie Hiu, Patsy (Kirio) Saiki, Doug Ushijima, Brad Chong, Eric Young, David Frankel or Jackie Amai.

Fourth Annual Pau Hana All Class Reunion at the Willows Restaurant on Friday, September 28—Full Kamaaina Dinner Buffet.

Come one, come all, to the Alumni Association’s Fourth Annual All Class Reunion on the evening of Friday, September 28th. Get together with your friends and classmates and “talk story.” The special reunion classes of 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 will be celebrating their 30th, 25th, 20th, 15th, 10th, and 5th reunions, respectively.

Enjoy the “old Hawaiʻi” ambiance of the historic Willows Restaurant on Hausten St. in Moiliili. The Reunion Committee has created a special Kamaaina Buffet Dinner menu to delight your taste buds. The full buffet dinner and a standard drink will cost only $45 for dues paid Alumni Association members and only $50 for non-members.

At the dinner we will be honoring one of our alumni as the Outstanding Alum of 2007 and Dean Soifer will be honoring another alum for contributions to the Law School as well. Send in the Outstanding Alum nomination form (on the back of the enclosed dues form) if you would like to nominate your classmate or friend for the Association’s prestigious award.

Rose Anne Fletcher, Class of 1989, Passes away in Washington State.

It is with heavy heart that we notify her classmates and friends that Rose Anne Fletcher, 44, of the Law School’s Class of 1989 passed away on December 8, 2006 in Everett, Washington. Rosie was a graduate of Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, Seattle University (B.A., Psychology) and the Dower School of Real Estate, in addition to the Richardson School of Law.

During her career, Rosie worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Hawaiʻi, a real estate agent in Arizona, and most recently for Verizon in Everett. According to an obituary published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Sunday, March 4th, Rosie “was a published poet, enjoyed traveling, sailing, scuba diving, horseback riding, skiing, redecorating, and most of all people.”

Rosie is survived by her parents, Mary Spellacy Fletcher of Waialua and Ken Fletcher of Washington State, her brothers Marty, Bill, Damon and Francis, and sisters Susie Tillery and Mary Beth Fletcher. Her family has requested that any donations be made in her name to Habitat for Humanity – 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.

Prof. Kenneth K. Lau Passes Away.

Our condolences to the family of Prof. Kenneth K. Lau, 91, who died on January 30, 2007. Prof. Lau taught Contracts to the incoming Class of 1975 (graduating Class of 1978). Prof. Lau received his J.D. from the Univ. of Michigan Law School and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. After leaving the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel, Prof. Lau returned to Hawaiʻi where he practiced law and worked at the Legislative Reference Bureau before embarking on a long career at the University of Hawaiʻi. At the University, Prof. Lau was in on the ground floor of the establishment of the East-West Center, and served as a Special Assistant to U.H. President Thomas Hamilton, as Vice President for Business Affairs, and as Secretary of the University, in addition to teaching many Business Law and Contracts classes.

Richardson Law School Moot Court Teams Garner National Recognition, Including Top Honors in Native American Competition.

In February, the Law School’s Native American Moot Court Team took first place at the 15th Annual National Native American Law Student Association 's Moot Court competition held in Minneapolis. Two Richardson students, Anosh Yaqoob and Scott E. Hovey, Jr., placed first in the best advocates (team) category, and Anosh earned second place in the best individual oralist category. A second Law School team in the competition, Moani Crowell and Greg Schlais, also advanced to the final eight. Derek Kauanoe was also in the Law School’s delegation. The National Native American Law Students Association was founded in 1970 to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance, and to support Native Americans in law school.

The Law School's Client Counseling Team was first runner up to the defending champion and host University of Nevada Las Vegas Law School in the ABA Law Student Division's Client Counseling Competition. Our team included 3Ls Shyla Cockett, Shayna Lum, and Kristin Bryant, and 2L Joshua Strickler. The competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a mock client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

The Law School’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team and its Environmental Law Moot Court team also did well in regional competitions. Check out the Law School’s website (http://www.hawaii.edu/law/) for more details—go to “news,” then click “more.”

Five Alumni Recognized by Hawaiʻi Business as “People who will Shape the Next 25 Years”

Five Richardson Law School alumni were recognized in the March 2007 issue of Hawaiʻi Business Magazine as being among 25 people who will shape Hawaiʻi’s next 25 years. Kapua Sproat (’98) (Visting Prof. at WSRSL and of-counsel with Earthjustice) graced the magazine’s cover, The story also recognized her fellow alumni Maile Shimabukuro (’00)(Hawaiʻi State House Representative for Waianae, Makaha & Makua), Billy Kenoi (’96)(Executive Assistant to Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim), R. Scott Simon (’98)(Associate General Counsel at Hawaiian Electric Co.), and Lea Hong (’91)(Director of the Trust of Public Land’s Hawaiʻi Program). Congratulations to these five alumni on their well deserved recognition.

Lawyer’s League Slow-Pitch Softball League BEGINS May 2007 – Sign up now.

The Lawyer’s Slow-Pitch Softball League is open to all law students, law school graduates, full time employees of law firms or law organizations, and their spouses.

Season: May – September, 2007.
Games: Saturdays: 1:00 pm, 2:20 p.m. & 3:40 p.m.

Join a preexisting team or organize your own team by contacting:
Michael Ragsdale or Will Copulos

Help Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi’s Housing Support Legal Program.



It is often assumed that the State’s homeless have no need for legal services. In fact, legal services for these individuals often means the difference between their remaining homeless and securing housing. VLSH’s volunteer attorneys, through the Housing Support Legal Program, conduct legal clinics at homeless transitional and emergency shelters throughout Oahu to provide legal counseling and education on consumer credit, landlord/tenant, and employment law issues.

For each of the three types of workshops offered, VLSH has a manual to distribute to the residents so they have a more in-depth resource to keep for reference. VLSH is asking volunteer attorneys to give a 45 to 60 minute workshop touching on the issues addressed in the manual, and also including other relevant information. VLSH asks that the attorneys remain for up to 30 minutes after the workshops to answer questions.

For detailed information on scheduled seminar dates and locations, please contact Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi at (808) 522-0676 or via email at vlsh@vlsh.org.

Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal Symposium on Friday, April 13 – Pandemics.

On Friday, April 13, The APLPJ will be holding a symposium at the Law School (Classroom 2) entitled: “Outbreak in Hawaiʻi: Realities and Legal Consequences of Public Health Emergencies,” to address the potential legal and other problems that would be caused by a pandemic afflicting Hawaiʻi. Speakers expected to participate include Ernest Abbott, former General Counsel for FEMA, and Dr. Kate Gaynor and Mr. Bart Aranoff, MPH, of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, and a representative from PACOM. For more details, check APLPJ’s webite http://www.hawaii.edu/aplpj or send an email to aplpj@hawaii.edu.

Filipino Law Students Association Holding 4th Annual Adobo Cookoff on Wednesday, March 21 – Alumni Welcome. [This story was not included in the final printed newsletter because the newsletter would be mailed out after the Cookoff]

What: 4th Annual Adobo Cookoff. Three categories: best chicken adobo dish, pork adobo dish, and other (seafood, veggie, etc.) adobo dish.
Who: The Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA).
When: Noon, Wednesday, March 21, 2007.
Where: Courtyard, William S. Richardson School of Law
Cost: $5 for a regular adobo plate (rice & 3 adobo choices) and $7 for a super adobo plate (rice, 3 adobo choices, pancit, dessert & drink).
Why: Besides the good food, the money raised will help support FLSA's annual scholarship and its educational and outreach programming.
How to Enter Your Adobo Dish: Contact FLSA at flsa@hawaii.edu by Monday, March 19, then bring a pot with approx. 5 lbs. of adobo, ready to serve, to the Cookoff.

Alumni Tidbits:

If you would like us to share news about yourself, your family, or your business with your classmates and other alumni, simply send us a note to our mailing address (above) or an email to lawalum@hawaii.edu. If sending an email, please refer to “alumni news” in the subject line.

1977 – Kudos to Bruce Barnes and his wife, Ninan Zaluaga Barnes, on the birth of their son, Shawn Makani Zaluaga Barnes at Kaiser, Moanalua, on February 23rd. Shawn Makani weighed in at 7 lbs. 4.3 oz.

1983 – Congratulations to Keith Tanaka upon his recent appointment and confirmation as a Judge of the District Court of the Second Circuit (Maui). Keith is a former deputy public defender who has been in private practice for the past 18 years, much of that time on Maui.

Jean Ireton was recently named Deputy Director (Corrections) for the State Dept. of Public Safety. Jean had most recently been serving as the head of the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Career Criminal Unit.

1985 – We tip our hats to Elizabeth Kent, Director of the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary’s Center for Alternate Dispute Resolution, upon her receipt of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Peacemaker Award given by the Church of the Crossroads.

1990 – Our best to S. Kalani Bush, recently elevated to partnership in the Law Firm of Reinwald, O’Connor & Playdon, LLP.

1995, 2000 & 2002 – Our congratulations to Wil Yamamoto (‘02), Greg Kugle (‘95) and WSRSLAA Treasurer Wendy Miki (V-‘00) on finishing within the top 500 Hawaiʻi finishers at the Honolulu Marathon held in December of 2006. As reported in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, their finishing times, respectively, were: 3:03:45 (19th locally and 133rd overall); 3:19:55 (59th locally and 313th overall); and 3:55:17 (348th locally and 1,632nd overall). If we missed anyone, please let us know.