Ethical Lobbying Panel Discussion – Noontime on Wednesday, November 12.

The Wm. S. Richardson School of Law and its Alumni Association invite you to join us on November 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Law School Classroom 3 for the third in a series of annual ethical lobbying programs. This year we have invited a panel of lobbying practitioners, regulators, and experts to engage in a discussion of a series of “real life” lobbying ethics vignettes, moderated by Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $3 in the U.H. Lower Campus Parking Structure.

For more information or to RSVP, please email: lawalum@hawaii.edu. We hope to see you at this exciting annual event!

30th Anniversary of First Ete Bowl – Game and Post-Game Luau on Nov. 22 – RSVP by November 3.

All alumni, especially former Ete Bowl players, coaches, queens and cheerleaders, are strongly encouraged to come out for this historic celebration. This year’s Ete Bowl classic will be held at the U.H. football practice field (fka U.H. soccer field) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, and you won’t want to miss it. The Bruzers plan to avenge last year’s stinging 42 – 30 loss and make this year’s historic game a memorable one. Bruzers past and present are planning some surprises, so don’t miss this game.

The Class of 1979, including the Ete Bowl’s founding mothers (or was that “muthahs”), invite you to an old-style Ete Bowl Luau after the game from 5:30 – 10 p.m., at the U.H. Lab School Multipurpose Bldg. (1776 University Ave.) with great Hawaiian food and entertainment. Mahalo to the law firm of Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher for their support of the luau event, which has allowed us to offer tickets at the incredible price of $10 apiece. RSVP by November 3 to the Class of 1979’s Charlotte Duarte. Send in your check and the form below today, so that it is received by November 5th. Commemorative T-shirts are also available in adult sizes (S, M, L, XL, and 2XL) – order and pay for T-shirts by the deadlines for luau tickets.


(Send checks payable to “Charlotte Duarte”)
Deadline for RSVP – Nov. 3; Deadline for Checks to be Received – Nov. 5)

I would like ___ tickets for the Ete Bowl’s 30 Anniversary Luau (@ $10 per ticket)

I would like _____ Ete Bowl T-shirts (@ $10) Size(s) _____________(S, M, L, XL & XXL only)

Name:________________________ Contact phone _______________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

Questions: Call Charlotte Duarte

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Fifth Annual All Class Reunion at the Hale Koa Hotel a Hit--McKenna, Grande and Pang Honored.

The Alumni Association hosted its fifth annual All Class Reunion on the evening of Friday, October 3 at the Hale Koa Hotel on the outskirts of Waikiki. Over 160 alumni, faculty and friends of the Richardson Law School joined in the festivities. The Association presented its 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award to Hon. Sabrina S. McKenna (’82), and Dean Soifer recognized his 2008 Dean’s Award winner Thomas R. “Tom” Grande (’85) and his 2008 Public Service awardee Prof. Calvin G.C. Pang (’85).

The evening began with an hour of the musical stylings of Lyle Hosoda (’85) and his band, including Tenari Maafala, Jeff Williams and Wendell Kailihiwa. With music playing, Law School alumni, faculty and friends chatted and caught up on each others’ doings. Before dinner, Pua Brown (’78) provided a Hawaiian `oli and pule, followed by two lovely hulas performed by alumnae Kirsha Durante (’04) and Abby Dunn (’02). The Hale Koa outdid itself with its “Aloha Buffet,” with over 20 salad selections, including various pokes, and a variety of delicious entrees and desserts.

Most of the special reunion classes turned out in good numbers for the event. The Class of 1978 led the way with 19 alumni and guests in attendance, and the reunion classes of 1983 and 2003 filled out a table each. In support of classmate Judge McKenna, the Class of 1982 filled a table (two, counting Sabrina’s family table), and in support of Tom and Calvin the Class of 1985 also filled a table (two, counting Tom’s personal guests). Out-of-town guests included Joseph Kamelamela (’79) and Pua Brown from Hilo, and Dale (Yamada) Ross (’82) from Kona.

Rosemary Fazio (’78) and Debbie Lee (’82) introduced Judge McKenna, with Debbie reading two of many congratulatory letters received by the Sabrina, one from classmate Dennis Yamase, Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, and one from retired Third Circuit Judge and fellow Bruzer Riki May Amano (’79). Dean Soifer introduced Tom Grande, who was being recognized for, among other things, his national leadership in the fields of class actions and qui tam actions. Tom was instrumental in obtaining a $2.3 million award to the University of Hawaiʻi for the creation of the Center on Law, Medicine & Aging and to fund geriatric programs at the John A. Burns Medical School. The Dean also introduced Prof. Calvin Pang who, due to delays caused by hotel construction, almost missed receiving his well-deserved public service award. Calvin’s public service has included his tenure on the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi Board and on the Executive Committees of the Association of American Law Schools’ Sections on Clinical Legal Education and on Aging and the Law.

To cap off the formal program, last year’s Outstanding Alum and one of Dick Miller’s early students, Gary O. Galiher (‘77), announced the inauguration of an endowment fund at the Law School (see related story) in the name of Richard S. “Dick” Miller. Following a standing ovation, Professor Miller, who was taken by surprise at the announcement, gave an emotional and eloquent speech recognizing the outstanding faculty and students at the Law School and commending Dean Soifer on his outstanding leadership over the past five years.

After the formal program ended, alumni were treated to a brief, action-packed, video commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the first Ete Bowl prepared by Association President Rebecca “Becca” Dayhuff (’07). Mahalo to Jill Nunokawa (’88) and Cyndi Quinn (’88) who shared their and the Law School’s Ete Bowl pictures with Becca.

The program was ably emceed by Hon. Della Au Belatti (’03) and Debbie Lee (’82). Debbie and Lei Kihoi (’81) arranged the lovely table decorations for the event using flora from the home of Beadie Dawson (’81), who also put together a table of her Class of ’81 classmates. Debbie, with the help of Law School Development Director Jennifer Hee, also rounded up some very nice silent auction items, which raised nearly $700 for the U.H. Foundation. We would like to thank our silent auction donors: Paul Brown Salon, Walmart, Milton Tani (’81), Lahoma Fernandes-Nakata (’81), Dale (Yamada) Ross, Rosemary McShane (’81), Randy Sing (’82), Linda Martell (’87) and Prof. John Barkai, the Law School, and Professors Randy Roth, Eric Yamamoto, Ron Brown, Jon Van Dyke, David Callies and Larry Foster (’81).

We commend, In addition to our co-emcees, the rest of our Reunion Committee for planning the event: Rebecca Dayhuff (Chair), Haunani Burns (’80), Norman Cheng (’02), Ming Chi (’05), Steve Duck (’02), Paul Goto (’83), Jill Hasegawa (’04), Jennifer Hee, Lori Hiraoka (’00), Alan Kido (’83), Carol Mon Lee (Hon.), Miriam Loui (’83), Mary Anne Magnier (’83), Cynthia Quinn (’88), and Jim Williston (’78). In addition to our Reunion Committee members, we would like to thank our other reunion class contacts: 1978 – Rosemary Fazio and Joe Hu; 1983 – Paul Goto; 1988 – Jill Nunokawa; 1993 – David Foreman and Donna Kalama; 1998 – Arleen Watanabe; and 2003 – Steve Duck, Wendy Yamamoto. Finally, thanks to Greg Lui-Kwan (’82) for providing the vases for the floral arrangements and to 3Ls Zachary Kondo and Addison Bonner for doing the heavy lifting for the event and for staffing the check-in table.

Law School’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

On October 4, the Law School hosted a light brunch, a series of interesting faculty presentations, a lunch, an “open house,” a ceremony toasting Law School founders, and a gala Pa`ina at Andrews Amphitheatre.

The morning started with a Hawaiʻi land use up-date presented by Hawaiʻi’s land use guru Professor David Callies. Professor Jon Van Dyke followed with a lively discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008), striking down provisions of the District of Columbia’s gun control laws. After lunch, Faye Kimura (’80) and Dean Laurie Tochiki (’80) shared three videos produced by public service programs at the Law School and shared their experiences with one of the programs, the Child Welfare Project. Professor Calvin Pang then took clips from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Sweet Hereafter” and led a discussion on the roles of “Law as Father and Fathers as Law” as portrayed in the films. Professor Mari Matsuda (’80) capped the day’s presentations with a talk on “Progressive Constitutionalism/ Organizing for Social Change.”

From 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. the crowd gathered in Classroom 5 to view a number of story boards covering the history of the Law School and to toast three of the Law School’s founding fathers--Chief Justice (Retired) William S. Richardson, Wallace “Wally” Fujiyama, and Governor John A. Burns. C.J. Richardson shared some stories about the fight to start a Law School in Hawaiʻi and about how he came to be named as Hawaiʻi’s Chief Justice. Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge (Retired) James S. Burns represented Governor Burns’ family, and Wally Fujiyama’s widow, Millie, and son Keith represented the Fujiyama family for the toast.

To top off a remarkable day, the gathered Law School community then crossed Dole St. to Andrews Amphitheatre, where a great prime rib dinner, fine music, and even better company awaited.

Our thanks to Dean Avi Soifer, Cyndi Quinn (‘88) and the rest of the Law School faculty and staff for putting together a memorable program for alumni, including a commemorative booklet outlining the history of the Law School and including the in-coming pictures of all of the School’s 35 classes up to the incoming class of 2008.

Belated Mahalo for Wine Tasting Silent Auction Donation.

In our last newsletter, we were remiss in failing to thank Penelope Tong (‘89) at Bank of Hawaiʻi for putting together a beautiful bath and beauty gift basket donation for the silent auction at our June Wine Tasting event. Penny, please accept our belated, but sincere “mahalo.”

Alumni Plan Family-Friendly Zoo Clean-up in January.

The Alumni Association has volunteered to help clean up Honolulu Zoo grounds from ____ to ___ on Saturday, January 31, 2009. After the clean-up, zoo staff will give the clean-up crew a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. Kids may help with the clean-up but need an adult to supervise them. Bring your lunch and join other alumni for a picnic after the clean-up and tour.

Contact us at lawalum@hawaii.edu or call Jill Hasegawa  if you would like to join in the clean-up or would like more information.

Richards S. Miller Endowment Fund Established.

Thanks to generous gifts from Gary Galiher (’77), Jim Williston (’78), Erik Soderholm (’81) and the Class of 1982’s Nadine Ando, Rodney Ching, Harlan Kimura, Greg Lui-Kwan and Calvin Young, the Law School has established an endowment fund in the name of one of the Law School’s “pioneers,” Professor Emeritus and former Dean Richard S. “Dick” Miller. The purpose of the fund is to provide support for distinguished visiting scholars and faculty from Asia and the Pacific. It is hoped that one day the fund will be able to support an endowed lectureship or distinguished professorship in Dick’s name.

Professor Miller earned his J.D. at Boston University’s Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. After practicing in Boston, Dick decided to return to school, earning his LL.M. from Yale Law School, before embarking on his law teaching career. Dick taught at Wayne State University in Michigan and Ohio State University before taking considerable professional risk to join the faculty of the then only provisionally accredited “University of Hawaiʻi School of Law” in the Fall of 1973. In addition to his teaching duties, principally in the fields of tort law and conflicts of laws, Dick served as the fledgling Law School’s Associate Dean (1976-77) and Dean (1981-84). He was instrumental in establishing the U.H. Law Review, and his article, “The Scope of Liability for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: Making ‘The Punishment Fit the Crime,” was published beginning at page 1 of the first issue of its first volume.

Dick was instrumental in securing a USIA Grant for an exchange of faculty between the Hiroshima University School of Law and the Richardson Law School. In furtherance of our School’s commitment to fostering international understanding, Dick served as a Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University in the Fall of 1986 and at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) during the Spring of 1987. Dick spends his “spare time” as a board member of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaiʻi and the Honolulu Community Media Council and as a legal consultant for the Hawaiʻi Coalition for Health. Dick also serves as the summer externship program Director at the Law School.

Contributions to the Richard S. Miller Endowment Fund may be made via check payable to the “WSRSL/UH Foundation” (note “Miller Endowment Fund” on the memo line) sent to Ms. Jennifer Hee, Director of Development, Wm. S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822. If you would like to donate via credit card, call Jennifer.

Law School Admits First Class of Part-Time J.D. Program Students
Recently, the Law School broadened access to legal education by launching its ABA-approved Part-time J.D. Program promoting greater diversity in the Hawaiʻi bar and expanding educational opportunities for Hawaiʻi’s people. This program was created recognizing that the current Full-time J.D. Program format posed a significant barrier to legal education for nontraditional aspirants, including those who must work to support themselves and must care for their families. The new Program has a target of 24 students in each entering class, each of whom must meet the same rigorous admissions standards as those for Full-time Program students.
The requirements for graduation are the same as for the Full-time J.D. Program. Part-time Program classes will meet three or four evenings a week so that students may complete their first year of the regular J.D. curriculum within two years and graduate within four or five years. The timing of credits is flexible as students may take summer or J-Term courses to accelerate their progress.

Although Full-time students may not work more than 20 hours per week, Part-time Program students are not so restricted, and it is anticipated that most Part-time students will have full-time employment or family obligations while completing their J.D. In recognition of the special needs of the students in the new program, student services have been expanded into the evening hours as well.

The first Part-time Program class boasts 26 members from diverse backgrounds, such as a doctor of psychology, a radio station manager, television news producer, military spouses and legal assistants. There are 16 women and 10 men in the inaugural class, ranging in age from 22 to 52 years old. Their classes are held Tuesday through Thursday evenings, with Assoc. Dean Hazel Beh (’91) teaching their first law course--Contracts, Professor Sarah Bazzi (’06) teaching Legal Practice, and Prof. Calvin Pang (’85) and Sayoko Blodgett-Ford teaching two legal writing sections.

Two of the inaugural class of part-time students are Britt Bailey and Anna Fernandez. Britt plans on utilizing her J.D. as an environmental or government attorney. Her life is filled with raising her daughter and working part-time for an environmental organization, Environmental Commons. Britt explained what prompted her to apply to the Part-time Program: “I was pretty resigned to going to a part-time [law school] program because I am raising my 3-year-old daughter. When I heard that [Richardson Law School] was going to offer a part-time program, my choice became even clearer.” Anna explains that, “the Part-time Program presented an opportunity for me to pursue a Juris Doctor while continuing to provide for my family.” She and her husband are full-time working parents of two children. Anna is a project manager for the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office, Hawaiʻi Department of Health, including managing one of the state’s largest environmental clean-up sites, the Honolulu Harbor/Iwilei District Project, along with coordinating the Department’s meth lab clean-up program. While not sure what she plans to do after law school, Anna continued, “I do know that ultimately I want to help the people of Hawaiʻi.”

Alumni Tidbits.

1994 – Joanne Lo Grimes was recently named a managing partner at Carlsmith Ball LLP, one of Hawaiʻi’s largest law firms. Congratulations Joanne.

1999 – Kai Wang, formerly a partner at the Hawaiʻi law firm of Carlsmith, Ball LLP, has joined the Hong Kong office of Morrison & Foerster LLP after earning her LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Kai’s practice emphasizes the areas of real estate, commercial land use, and cross-border commercial transactions.

(JULY 2007 – JUNE 2008)
(Presented to the membership at the Association’s Annual Meeting June 27, 2008 and revised for this Newsletter)

I would like to thank Dean Soifer, his administration, the Law School faculty and students, and the membership and Board of the WSRSLAA for their support during the past year. I have enjoyed my tenure as President and will look back on my term with fond memories.

This year, we worked to further our partnership with the law school. I am pleased to announce that our efforts have culminated in an operating agreement between the law school and our association, which we anticipate will be highly beneficial to all. In an attempt to integrate all alumni into the association, and to make it more all-inclusive, we have partnered with the law school to make membership in the association free for all, while still providing the same benefits to our members. The law school has agreed to provide our organization with the financial and logistical support to continue with providing the same advantages and opportunities to our members. We hope that this partnership will continue to flourish in the coming years and look forward to greater cooperation between the law school and our association. The Board and I ask that you all join us in thanking the law school for their generous sponsorship and I encourage you to consider donating an equal or greater amount to the Law School Annual Fund in support of our wonderful alma mater and in recognition of all it has done to support us.

This year also marked our continued participation in semi-annual service projects. In July 2007, we returned to Waianae/ Nanakuli with the Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu, helping to build homes for those in need. In April of this year, we co-partnered with the law school’s Environmental Law Society (“ELS”) to help with their Mānoa Stream Clean-up. We continued with this effort, returning back to Habitat for Humanity for a service project on Saturday, July 26, 2008 and have an additional service project with the Honolulu Zoo tentatively scheduled for January 31, 2009. We hope that you will be able to join us as we give back to the community, get away from the office (with a valid excuse so we don’t feel guilty come Monday for not working), and remember why many of us went to law school – to help others.

This past year, we had many successful events that strengthened our relationship with the law school. Our Fourth Annual All Class Reunion which was held on September 28, 2007 saw over 130 alumni and guests at the Willows Restaurant, returning our alumni to their old Mānoa stomping grounds. At the event the Association recognized Gary Galiher (’77), as its outstanding alumnus for 2007-08 and Dean Avi Soifer recognized the Honorable Colleen Hanabusa (’77) for her long and unwavering support for the Law School and accomplishments in and contributions to the legal profession. A huge mahalo to the All Class Reunion Committee, and a special thank you to Greg Lui-Kwan (‘82) and Debbie Lee (‘82) who were essential to coordinating this event. This year’s reunion, which was held on October 3, 2008 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki was an even greater success, with over 160 alumni and guests enjoying the sounds of Lyle Hosoda and his band.

In November 2007, our Bruzers once again represented us in a competitive and spirited Ete Bowl competition against the Etes. Although losing a tough challenge with the score of 42-30, the alumnae Bruzers acquitted themselves well and are planning to avenge their loss this year. We wish them all the best as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ete Bowl tradition. Go Bruzers!

In April 2008, the Alumni Association hosted a wonderful Graduating Class Dinner due to the hard work of Rebecca Dayhuff (’07) and Nam Phan (’07). Over 100 students, faculty, alums and guests attended the dinner, which was held at the Oahu Country Club. Mahalo to Paul Goto (‘83) for sharing his thoughts and experiences at the event, and for imparting his thoughtful advice to the soon-to-be association members.

The Board and I thank you for all your support of our past events and welcome you to join us at our upcoming events. Mahalo for the opportunity to serve as your President. It has been an honor and a privilege.

Respectfully submitted

Jill M. Hasegawa,