Graduating Class of 2009 Dinner on Friday, April 17; All Alumni Invited with Special Invitation to Silver Anniversary Class of 1984; Class of 1984’s Kirk Caldwell to Speak. 

The Class of 2009’s Graduating Class Dinner will be held at the Hale Koa Hotel’s Luau Gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. on the evening of Friday, April 17. All friends of the Class of 2009 are welcome and a special invitation is extended to the 25th Reunion Class of 1984 to attend. The Class of 1984’s Kirk Caldwell, recently named Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu, will be addressing the Class. Tickets for the aloha attire event are $45 (validated parking is available $3 at the military parking lot across Kalia Rd. from the hotel).

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by April 1 to Jennifer Hee by email to: jennifer.hee@uhf.hawaii.edu or by phone to: (808) 956-5516.

Environmental Law Society Stream Clean-up Coming up on April 11.

The ELS will be cleaning up lower Mānoa Stream on Saturday, April 11 and welcomes alumni assistance. Please meet in the Law School parking lot at 9:00 a.m. The Environmental Law Society will provide gloves and bags, but bring your own sunscreen and water. Plan to spend a few hours at the event. For more information, please contact Leslie Cole-Brooks '10.

Ete Bowl XXXI Luau a Big Hit; Sonja McCullen and Lea Hong Named to Hall of Fame, and Galen Arakawa and Linda Chow Join Hall of Honor.

Although Ete Bowl XXXI had to be postponed due to a deluge (see related story), what had been planned as a Post-Game, but which became a Pre-Game, Luau was held as planned on the evening of Saturday, November 22nd at the University High School Cafetorium. Despite the inclement weather, about 200 alumni, students, faculty and friends attended the Luau and enjoyed the delicious Hawaiian fare.

Highlights of the evening included music by Lyle Hosoda (’85) and his band, a dramatic fire dance by J.P.K. Ahuna, III, and a ceremony in which retired Bruzers gave leis to current Bruzers and Etes to demonstrate the sisterhood among all players. The celebration also featured an action video of Ete Bowls past prepared by Bruzer Becca Dayhuff (’07); a special commemorative printed program prepared by the Law School, working with Bruzer Quarterback Jill Nunokawa (’88) and other alumni; and a panel discussion of Ete Bowl history among Bruzer greats Dani Ho (’79), Emma Matsunaga (’80), Sharon Nishi (’87) and Sonja McCullen (’02) moderated by Hon. Riki Amano (’79).

During the program it was announced that Sonja McCullen and Lea Hong (’91) have been enshrined in the Ete Bowl Hall of Fame, and that Linda Chow (’88) and Galen Arakawa have been named to the Ete Bowl Hall of Honor, which recognizes non-players for their contributions to the game.

Sonja, one of the team’s fierce linebackers, has been one of the team’s strong leaders since her graduation in 2002, including coordination of team practices. Lea, one of the team’s premier defensive backs, “retired” several years ago after having playing for many years, but answered the call in 2007 when the team fell short of players and she continued to provide veteran leadership again this year. Linda Chow, who for many years anchored the Etes’ and Bruzers’ defensive lines, has continued to support the team as one of its stalwart managers for the past 10+ years. Galen Arakawa, son of Coach David Arakawa (’81) and a receiver on Punahou’s varsity squad, has helped the Bruzers practice since he was first able to run and catch over 10 years ago. He simulates the opposing team’s best receiver/runner to help the players prepare for the speed of the younger Ete players.

The Alumni Association and Bruzers would like to thank retired Bruzers Riki Amano, Charlotte Duarte, Dona Hanaike, Faye Kurren and Sherrie Seki, all of the Class of 1979, for their hard work in organizing the event, and Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher for its generous donation for the event.

Bruzers new and old party at 30th Anniversary Luau

Postponed Ete Bowl XXXI Ends in a Hard-Fought 24-24 Tie.

Check the Law School’s Alumni Page: http://www.hawaii.edu/law/site-content/alumni/past-events/ete-bowl/index.html to see whether any of your classmates played in this year’s Ete Bowl.

After months of preparation, both the Etes and Bruzers were ready to play football on the afternoon of Saturday, November 22nd. Mother Nature, however, had other plans. After a hard Mānoa rain on the night of November 21st and a steady and increasing drizzle on the 22nd, the University said “no go” to football on the U.H. football team’s practice field. Efforts to find a safe and available alternate field failed, so, for the first time in the Ete Bowl’s 31-year history, the game had to be postponed.

When Ete Bowl XXXI was finally played, it turned out to be worth the wait. A classic offensive battle in the first half, and a defensive struggle in the second, this Ete Bowl was one for the ages, ending in a hard-fought 24-24 (four touchdowns apiece) tie. The last and only previous tie game had been Ete Bowl IV in 1981, when the game ended at 12-12.

The Bruzers scored three first half TD’s, two on passes from Q.B. Jill Nunokawa (’88) to first-year Bruzer receiver Sarah Wong (’08), and one on a 40-yard run up the middle by speedy running back Jenn Young (’04). The Etes countered with three scores of their own, two on running plays and one on a pass. The half ended with the Bruzers knocking on the end zone door, but running out of time.

In the second half, both teams made defensive adjustments and each team was held to only one score. The Bruzers scored on a sweep around the left end by Sarah Wong, and the Etes answered with a sweep by former Rainbow Wahine B-ball player Trisha Nishimoto. With time running out, the Bruzers took the ball down to the Etes’ two yard line and time ran out when a short slant-in pass by Nunokawa just missed the slot receiver’s outstretched hands. The fans on both sides of the field knew they had been treated to a memorable game.

In addition to Sarah Wong, the Bruzers welcomed Linebacker Becca Dayhuff (’07), O-Line members Natalie Wilson (’07) and Nitsa McCarthy (’06), Receiver/Back Miriah Holden (’08) and Defensive Back Kamaile Nichols (’08) to the team and hope that some of their classmates will join the team next year.

Fans were treated to a half-time show featuring this year’s Ete Bowl Queen and his court, and after the game, the Etes kindly invited the Bruzers and their fans to join them for a light meal of hot dogs, salad and chips.

The Bruzers would like to thank their coaches David Arakawa (’81), Galen Arakawa, James Hoapili, Mark Hakoda, Seth Harris (’01), Aaron Karlen (’07), Steve Teves (’90) and Jim Williston (’78) for their help in preparing for and during the game. They would also like to thank their managers (Haunani Burns ’80, Linda Chow ’88, Rosemary McShane ’81, Colette Gomoto ’86, Julie Padron and Hope & Leah Barkai) for their help during the game.

Robin Melchor’s block springs Jenn Young for a big gain.

Etes and Bruzers gather for a combined photo

Stately Ete Bowl Queen & His Court Root on Etes

UHAA to Honor Judge McKenna as One of the University’s Distinguished Alumni for 2009 – Join Fellow Alumni at the Award Dinner on May 7th.

The University of Hawaiʻi Alumni Association (UHAA) has selected our Association’s 2009 Nominee, Hon. Sabrina S. McKenna (UH Mānoa ’78 & WSRSL ’82), Judge of the First Circuit Court, as one of its five Distinguished Alumni for 2009. Judge McKenna and the other 2009 Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a dinner to be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on the evening of Thursday, May 7, 2009. If you would like to attend the dinner with other Richardson Law School alumni, please contact us by April 20th at lawalum@hawaii.edu. Tickets are $110 for 2009 UHAA members and $160 for nonmembers ($50 UHAA membership is included in the fee), $45 of which may be eligible for the charitable contribution deduction (depending on your personal tax situation).

Other UHAA Distinguished Alumni honorees for 2009 include Dr. Chiyome Fukino (M.D. ‘79), State Health Director; Drs. Lois & James Horton (M.A.’s ‘69), both Professors of American Studies at UH Mānoa, and Deejay Mailer (B.S. ’75 & M.B.A. ‘85), CEO of Kamehameha Schools; and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Daniel Lau (B.A. ‘41), co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Finance Factors.

Mark Your Calendar Now for the 2009 All Class Reunion to be Held on the Evening of Friday, September 25th at the Hale Koa Hotel; Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004 Being Featured.

The Alumni Association will be holding its 6th Annual All Class Reunion at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki on the evening of Friday, September 25. Special reunion classes in 2009 include the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004. All alumni and friends are welcome, but if you are a WSRSL graduate from any of those years, we especially encourage you to join us for a fun evening with great food and good company (your classmates). If you would like to help plan the event or serve as a coordinator for your special reunion class, please send an email to lawalum@hawaii.edu.

At the reunion dinner we will be announcing our 2009 Outstanding Alum of the Year, whom we will nominate for the UHAA Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010. If you would like to nominate a worthy fellow Richardson Law alum this year, please fill out and send in the attached nomination form.

Nomination Form for
William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association
2009 Outstanding Alum Award

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

POSTMARK/EMAIL DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
*** Nomination forms received after the deadline will not be considered. ***

Name of Nominee: _________________________ J.D. Year: ________
Address: _________________________________ Phone: ____________________
_________________________________________ Email: ____________________
Submitted by: _____________________________ J.D. Year: _________
Address: _________________________________ Phone: ___________________
_________________________________________ Email: ___________________

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 Outstanding Alum Award (use additional pages if necessary):

Julie Ann Siu (’88) Passes Away.

Julie Ann Siu, 45, a member of the Law School’s Class of 1988 passed away in Honolulu on October 31, 2008 from illness. She had served as a staff attorney for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board for many years. Julie Ann’s close friends, law school classmates, and work colleagues remembered her at a memorial service held on December 3, 2008 at the Newman Center in Mānoa.

Prior to attending the Richardson School of Law, Julie Ann earned a B.A. in History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Julie Ann is survived by her parents, Walter and Goldie Siu, her brother Michael and her sister Valerie.

Deans Visit with Alumni in Southern California.

Law School Dean Avi Soifer and Associate Dean Hazel Beh met with a group of Richardson Law School Alumni in San Diego on January 10th. Mahalo to Jennifer Hee and Stephanie McGee (’01) for coordinating details of the event.


Pic. 1 - Front Row: Joseph Lee (‘04), Sarah Sutherland (‘05), Helen Zeldes (‘00), Assoc. Dean Beh (‘91), Johanna Afshani (‘02). Back Row: Dean Soifer, Stephanie McGee (‘01), Robert Heckel (‘97), 'Isi Mataele (‘05), C.J. Duncan (‘00), Bob Schmitt (‘76), and Byron Shibata (‘00).
Pic. 2 – Wendy Kuwamoto Peterson (‘85) and her husband, Dale Peterson.

New Position for Professor with Korean Law Focus; Mahalo to SBS Media Holdings, Inc. and SBS Foundation.

Hawaiʻi’s Michelle Wie may have come in second in the SBS Open golf tournament held recently at the Turtle Bay Resort, but the Richardson School of Law was the big winner when SBS Media Holdings, Inc., and the SBS Foundation recently made a $200,000 gift to the Law School to establish a Korean Law Faculty Fund. With the help of this generous gift, the Law School hopes to add a distinguished tenure track faculty member whose focus will be on Korean Law in his or her teaching and scholarship.

L-R: Ho-Min Sohn, Director, UH Ctr. for Korean Studies; Ned Shultz,
Interim Dean, UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies; Linda Johnsrud, UH System V.P.
for Academic Planning and Policy; Donna Vuchinich, Pres. & CEO,
UH Foundation; Law School Dean Avi Soifer; Gary Ostrander, UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Ed.; Suk Mynn Yoon, Vice Chairman, SBS Media Holdings; Duk Hee Murabayashi, UH Trustee and Community Associate Faculty Member, UH Center for Korean Studies; Bong Joo Kim, Consul General of the
Republic of Korea in Honolulu; and Hee Nam Kim, CFO, SBS International.

WSRSLAA – Honolulu Zoo Service Project.

On Saturday, January 31, 2009, approximately 20 alumni and friends of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association gathered at the Honolulu Zoo for our Semi-Annual WSRSLAA Service Project. Mahalo to: Calvin Young, Tom Wong (and his family), Carole Richelieu, Brandon Kimura, Sarah Toohey, Elisabeth Steele, Alexa Fujise, Avi Soifer, Jennifer Hee, Ming Chi, Dona Hanaike, Jeff Kent, Cindi John, and Jill Hasegawa for participating in this project. Volunteers helped beautify the zoo, and in a unique twist of fate, continued our support of Rusty (and Violet), the Zoo’s orangutans. For those of you who are familiar with the story, members of our WSRSL family helped ban together in 2003-2004 to fight for Rusty’s rights, eventually culminating in a new “home” for Rusty. Following in those individuals’ footsteps, our alumni helped beautify Rusty and Violet’s home by weeding and clearing (inside and outside the cage), and also helped to clean the playground equipment (which are apparently the “highlight” and most popular zoo activity for children). Volunteers were treated to a special behind the scenes encounter with the elephants following the clean-up (see picture below).

We hope that you will consider joining us for our next project, in summer 2009!


Alumni Tidbits.

1976 – Abelina (“Abby”) Madrid Shaw was recently appointed by Mayor Hannemann and confirmed by the Council to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals for Honolulu. She joins fellow alumni David Minkin (‘84) and Ronald Ogomori (’92) on the Board. Abby had served as the Chief of Staff for former Mayor Jeremy Harris.

1980 – The Richardson Law School welcomes back Professor Mari Matsuda, an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitutional law, civil rights and social justice, and legal history. Professor Matsuda returns to the Law School after serving on the tenured faculty of both the UCLA and Georgetown law schools. Her husband, Charles R. Lawrence, III, is serving as the inaugural UH Mānoa Centennial Professor, teaching at the College of Education and in the Political Science Dept., in addition to teaching at the Law School.

1982 – After 14 years as a Deputy Kauai County Prosecutor (11 as Chief Deputy), and 12+ years in private practice, Alfred Castillo, Jr., was appointed by Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., and confirmed by the County Council to serve as Kauai County Attorney.

1984 – Our best to Kirk Caldwell, who was recently confirmed as the Managing Director for the City and County of Honolulu. The Managing Director is the Mayor’s principal management aide and has direct supervisory authority over all city department heads other than the Corporation Counsel. Kirk had previously served as the Majority Leader for the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives and as a managing partner with the Ashford & Wriston law firm.

1987 – Rom Trader was recently confirmed by the State Senate to serve as a Circuit Judge of the First Circuit. Rom had served for many years in the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office. He will be sworn in on Friday, March 27th.

Benjamin Acob has been named to serve as the Prosecuting Attorney for Maui County. He had served as a Deputy and Chief Deputy in the Maui Prosecutor’s Office for many years.

1988 – Congratulations to Lily O.C. Ling (Lam), who was recently named Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board.

1990 – David Tanoue has been confirmed by the Honolulu City Council to serve as the Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting for the City. David had served as the Department’s Deputy Director during Mayor Hannemann’s first mayoral term.

1993 – Alicia M. Leonhard has been appointed Assistant U.S. Trustee for the Eastern District of New York. The U.S. Trustee Program is a component of the U.S. Dept. of Justice that enforces the Bankruptcy Code and oversees the administration of cases filed under chapters 7, 11, 12, 13 and 15 of the Code.

1995 – Hats off to Damien Horigan who recently earned an LL.M. degree from the National University of Singapore. His thesis was entitled: “Facilitating Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Korean Reunification through Constitutional Law: An Irish Model for the Two Koreas.”

Our belated congratulations to Katherine Puana Kealoha, who has been named to serve as the Director of the State’s Office of Environmental Quality Control (“OEQC”). Prior to her appointment in February of 2008, Katherine had served in the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office, primarily prosecuting environmental crimes and career criminals.

1997 – Vernon Perez was recently named to the Guam Superior Court. He had most recently served as Executive Director of Guam’s Civil Service Commission and concurrently as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate with the Guam Army National Guard. Our best wishes to Vern.

1997 & 98 – Edmund Haitsuka (’97), an attorney with Carlsmith Ball’s Kailua-Kona Office, and Jamae Kawauchi (’98), former President of the Hawaiʻi County Bar Assn., have been named to the Hawaiʻi County Charter Commission, joining Prof. Casey Jarman.

2003 – Kenny Goodenow has been selected by the Hawaiʻi County Council to serve as the Hawaiʻi County Clerk. Kenny had previously served as a legal specialist and Deputy Clerk in the Clerk’s Office and, prior to law school, had served in the State House of Representatives. He succeeds Richardson Law Prof. Casey Jarman, who took a leave from the Law School to serve as the Big Island Clerk.

2004 – Benjamin Wagner, a professor at Kyung Hee Univ. School of Law in Seoul, Korea, has filed a report with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea concerning discriminatory visa requirements for foreign teachers of the English language in Korea. The Korean government requires foreign teachers of English to submit to HIV and drug testing, but does not require the same of Korean national teachers of English. The Honolulu Advertiser for Sunday, March 1, included a story on Prof. Wagner’s efforts, but the story is not in the on-line version of that issue.

2006 – Dina Shek, a post-J.D. Fellow at the Law School, recently received grants from the Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop a Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaiʻi, a partnership among the Law School, the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Kokua Kalihi Valley, a health clinic serving the low-income community. The project will help pediatricians identify and resolve underlying legal issues affecting children’s health and welfare.