Nomination Form for
William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association
2009 Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award

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

POSTMARK/E-MAIL DEADLINE: Friday, July 3, 2009
*** Nomination forms received after the deadline will not be considered. ***

Name of Nominee: _________________________

J.D. Year: ________
Address: _________________________________

Phone: ____________________
E-mail: ____________________
Submitted by: _____________________________

J.D. Year: _________
Address: _________________________________

Phone: ___________________

E-mail: ___________________

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 Alumnus/Alumna Award (use additional pages if necessary):


The Alumni Association will not be holding a golf tournament in 2009. If you would be interested in helping organize a tournament in 2010, please contact the Association at lawalum@hawaii.edu

Pau Hana WSRSLAA Annual Meeting -- 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18th at the Plaza Club Downtown.

All alumni—you are cordially invited to attend the Association’s 2009 annual meeting at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Plaza Club on the 20th Floor of the Pioneer Plaza (900 Fort St. Mall) in downtown Honolulu. To add an item to the tentative meeting agenda (below), contact any WSRSLAA Officer, or e-mail us at lawalum@hawaii.edu.

After our brief meeting (i.e. expected to be pau by 5:30 p.m.), join us for our Fifth Annual Wine Tasting & Pupu Event (see related story below).

The tentative 2009 Annual Meeting Agenda follows:

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of 2008 Annual Meeting Minutes
3. President’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Old Business
6. New Business
7. Election Results
8. Dean’s Report (to be presented during Food & Wine Event)
9. Adjournment

Law School Alumni and Friends Food & Wine Extravaganza V Pau Hana at the Plaza Club from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2009.

Join the Alumni Association for its Fifth Annual Food & Wine Extravaganza beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Plaza Club (20th Flr. of Pioneer Plaza at 900 Fort St. Mall in downtown Honolulu). Impress your firm’s summer clerks by bringing them to Extravaganza V. See the enclosed flyer for RSVP and ticket purchase details.

Last year’s Extravaganza IV was the culinary and fine wine hit of the summer, with over 80 law students, faculty members, alumni and friends joining each other for a great kickoff to the summer, and this year’s event promises to be even better. In addition to a broad variety of wines from some of Honolulu’s top wine purveyors, heavy pupus will be served. (Wine will of course be served only to those of legal drinking age.)

Tickets are available at $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Questions? Send us an e-mail at lawalum@hawaii.edu (reference “extravaganza” in your subject line).

Join the Alumni Board for 2009-2010 – Support your Law School by Supporting the WSRSLAA.

Half of our Association’s elected Board positions (3 from the classes of 1976-92 and 3 from more recent classes) and all of our Officer positions (Pres., V.P., Corresponding and Recording Secretaries and Treas.) are up for grabs in the coming election (or non-election if no positions are contested). So, if you’d like to join the Board or nominate another alum (with his or her ok) to serve, fill out the Nomination Form below and send it in or e-mail it to us in .pdf form by Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Questions? -- Call any current officer/director or send an e-mail to lawalum@hawaii.edu.

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OR E-MAIL IN .pdf FORMAT TO lawalum@hawaii.edu BY MAY 27, 2009)

NOMINEE___________________________ LAW GRADUATION YR. __________
(Please Print)

Nominee’s Phone No. or Current E-mail address ___________________________
(To allow confirmation of willingness to serve)

NOMINA(TOR)(TRIX) _________________________ CLASS OF __________
(Please Print)

(President, Vice President, Recording Sec., Corresponding Sec., Treasurer or Director)

Lawyers’ League Co-ed Slow-Pitch from May – October, 2009 -- Individual players and/or full teams WANTED.

Lawyer’s League Softball games are held on Saturdays at: 1:00 p.m., 2:20 p.m. & 3:40 p.m. at the Kapiolani Park Softball Fields at the Diamond Head end of the park, near the off-street parking lots.

Join an existing team or organize your own team by contacting:

Michael Ragsdale or Robert Martin

Come to the Sixth Annual All Class Reunion on Friday, September 25 — Great Company, Ono Kau Kau at Hale Koa; Save the Date on Your Calendar Today.

Come one, come all, to the Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual All Class Reunion from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, Sept. 25. Join your classmates, coworkers and other friends for a good time in the old Hawaiʻi ambiance of the Hale Koa Hotel on Kalia Rd. on the ewa edge of Waikiki. Members of the special reunion classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 will be celebrating their 30th, 25th, 20th, 15th, 10th, and 5th reunions, respectively, and are especially encouraged to show up in force. A sumptuous menu is being created to tickle your tongue.

Flyers and invitations will be mailed later, but for now just save the evening on your calendar.

At the dinner we will be honoring one of our many stellar alums as the “Outstanding Alumus/Alumna” of 2009, and Dean Soifer will be honoring other alumni for their support of the Law School. Send in the enclosed Outstanding Alumus/Alumna nomination form if you would like to nominate a worthy alum for this prestigious award.

Packed House at Class of 2009’s Graduating Class Dinner.

The annual Graduating Class Dinner for the graduating class of 2009 was held on the evening of April 17, 2009. Approximately 140 alumni, students, and faculty attended the dinner, held at the Luau Garden of the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. This year's dinner celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1984, as well as the upcoming graduation of the Class of 2009.

The evening's guest speaker, from the Class of 1984, was Honolulu’s Managing Director Kirk Caldwell. Mr. Caldwell shared with the soon-to-be graduates some of the many lessons he’s learned in both private practice and in public service (as a staff member with U.S. Senator Inouye, a law clerk to C.J. William S. Richardson, as a state representative, and now as Honolulu’s Managing Director). Associate Dean Laurie Tochiki and Professor Justin Levinson also offered the Class of 2009 a few sage words of advice and congratulations. As has become a tradition, the Class also prepared a class video and awarded its Rujma (kapakahi Am.Jur.) awards.

The Alumni Association would like to thank Cherise Agua-Andrews, Tracey Kubota, Tessie Vo, Donna Davis, Jodi Higuchi, Tiffany Kaeo, Li`ula Nakama, Ashley Obrey, and Michael Whang, from the Class of 2009, and to thank Lisa Ayabe and Mars Johnson of the Class of 2008, for all their efforts in planning this year's dinner.

Nancy Jones Callahan (’76), Law School Pioneer, Passes Away.

Nancy Jones Callahan, accomplished aviator, oceanographer and business lawyer, died in Honolulu on April 5, 2009 after a long illness. She was 58.

Nancy was a 1973 graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a member of the Richardson School of Law’s first graduating class, the Class of 1976. Before entering Law School, she flew search and rescue missions with the Hawaiʻi Civil Air Patrol and, as an oceanography student, did undersea research piloting a one-person submarine. She also assisted in research on the then-proposed Law of the Sea Treaty.

Nancy began her legal career in New York as an associate with the admiralty law firm of Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens. She then moved to the Legal Department of The Chase Manhattan Bank, where she became a Vice President and Senior Associate Counsel and chairperson of the Legal Department's Compliance Practice Group and Fiduciary Practice Group. Following her Chase Manhattan career, Nancy returned home to Hawaiʻi where she served as a staff attorney and researcher for the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives, then joined the Bank of Hawaiʻi, becoming a Vice President and Credit Compliance Officer there.

Nancy was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but shortly thereafter her family moved to Honolulu. Her father, Gardiner Jones, served as, among other positions, an associate editor at the Honolulu Advertiser, an executive with the Peace Corps, and a spokesman for the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Nancy’s mother, Kathleen Jones, was a reporter for the Advertiser, a Hawaiʻi Education Association employee, and a spokeswoman for the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education.

A memorial service for Nancy was held on Saturday, April 11th at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Aina Haina. In addition to her former husband, Joseph Callahan of Brooklyn, New York, Nancy is survived by three daughters, Jane Callahan of Honolulu, Clare Callahan of Brooklyn, and Hannah Callahan, a college student, and one son, Timothy Callahan, who is teaching in Shanghai. She is also survived by two brothers, Gardiner Jones of Tennessee, and Kinley Jones of Ewa Beach.

Tom Carney, Jr. (’77) Loses Long Fight with Cancer.

We regret to report that Thomas J. (“Tom”) Carney passed away on Monday, April 13, 2009 after a long and courageous fight against cancer. Before joining the second graduating class at the Richardson School of Law, Tom earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi.

Tom was an avid sportsman, participating in several Lawyers’ League sports, including football and softball, and was a big supporter of the varsity U.H. Men’s Volleyball Team on which his son, Sean, was an outstanding setter and outside hitter. According to news reports, Tom had hoped to see Sean play in his final matches against nationally fifth-ranked U.S.C. on April 17 and 18 and graduate. Although losing on the 17th, the Rainbow Warriors beat the Trojans on the 18th 30-32, 33-31, 38-36, 30-27 in Sean’s and Coach Mike Wilton’s final matches. Tom would have been very proud.

APIL Holds its First Annual Run for Justice to Raise Funds for Grants to Richardson Law Students Working in Public Interest Law.

It was a perfect, sunny, Sunday morning for the legal and running communities to come together to support Advocates for Public Interest Law’s (APIL’s) First Annual Run for Justice. The April 5, 2009 event was held on a 5K course around the lower U.H. Mānoa campus, and the over 130 participants raised $3,500+ for APIL.

"Run for Justice had a great turnout! It was a great way to catch up with my old classmates, professors, and deans, while raising money for a great cause. I can't believe we had never done something similar to this while I was at WSRSL and I hope that the APIL crew makes it an annual event. Thanks APIL!!" said alumna Brengyei Katosang ’07.

“It was an amazing and well-organized event,” said current law student Wayne Tanaka, ’09. “The runners had numbered race bibs, plenty of course marshals for safety, lots of refreshments along the route and at the finish line, tons of door prize giveaways, t-shirts and awards for finishers, and even an official timing system.” Kyle McNamara, currently at Legal Aid and thinking of applying to U.H. for law school, was impressed with the camaraderie fostered by this event: “I’m glad I got to see first hand how the legal community came together to support such a good cause.”

The event raised funds toward APIL grants to current WSRSL students. Each summer, APIL grantees work at public interest law agencies dedicated to serving under-represented groups and low-income clients in Hawaiʻi, thus fulfilling APIL’s purpose of encouraging public interest legal work by raising the consciousness of Hawaiʻi’s legal community. From its inception 24 years ago, APIL has raised funds for the student grant program, providing nearly $300,000 to over 100 students and benefiting over 20 host organizations.

This year, APIL launches a new alumni grant program to realize the Class of 1985’s commitment to provide grant support to law school alumni, as well as to students, working to serve the public interest. APIL relies on financial support from a wide variety of sources to ensure that funds are available to support both the student grant program and the new alumni grant program.

Thanks to the following sponsors for their generous contributions: WSRSL Student Bar Association for funding the refreshments and awards; Running Room volunteers for their time, energy, and race supplies; the Roosevelt High School Track team for serving as course marshals; Bart Mathias and Geoff Howard of the Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club for their expertise and equipment; the Ayabe family for their continued support; and The Hawaiʻi Popcorn Company, Westlaw, and the Law School for door prizes. A special mahalo to event chair Brandon Kimura ’10 and to all the other volunteers/donors who made the event possible.

Check out the Law School’s Revamped Website and Visit the Alumni Association’s Webpages There.

Under the leadership of Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, the Law School’s Director of Special Projects, and of Project Coordinators Prof. Mark Levin and Tony Cao; with the technical expertise of Tim Ganter (Studio Ten Four, LLC); and with input from Law School administration, faculty, alumni, students, and staff, the Law School has completely revamped and up-dated its website (CHECK IT OUT at: http://www.hawaii.edu/law/). The Alumni Association has opted to piggyback its website onto the Law School’s site and the Law School has committed to helping the Association keep the alumni information current and dynamic. To access alumni news and information on alumni events (past and future) simply click the “Alumni” tab on the Law School’s website. With this shift, the Alumni Association will no longer be up-dating its separate website. The Association extends its mahalo to Director Steve Duck for his yeoman duty in keeping the Association’s website current over the past six years.

Hammurabi Legal Forum.
The Hammurabi Legal Forum was established at the Richardson School of Law in 2008 to support Rule of Law initiatives and legal scholarship in Iraq. Law students are currently working on a number of research projects for the Baghdad School of Law. They are hoping to expand their scope of projects to include legal research assistance to other law schools in Iraq, the Iraqi and Kurdish Bar Associations, and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division, which is being deployed to Iraq. Their research results can be found at www.hammurabilegalforum.com

Hammurabi was the sixth king of Babylon and is known for Hammurabi's Code, c. 1760 B.C., one of the first written legal codes in recorded history. It is the earliest-known example of a ruler proclaiming publicly to his people an entire body of laws, arranged in an orderly manner. These laws were carved on a black stone monument in public view so that all might read and know what was required of them.
The Baghdad School of Law is the oldest in the Middle East, celebrating its centennial in 2008. Professor Jim Pietsch, the faculty advisor to the Hammurabi Legal Forum, visited the school in his role as a Rule of Law Advisor with the U.S. Embassy Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team during the summer of 2008. Jim and his wife, Gen. Coral Wong Pietsch, jointly delivered the Brendan F. Brown Lecture, “Reinvigorating the Rule of Law in Iraq,” at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law on April 20.|

Law School’s Native American Moot Court Team Finishes Second in National Competition.
One of the Richardson School of Law’s teams took second place in the 17th Annual Native American Law Students Association's National Moot Court Competition. More than 40 teams from 17 U.S. law schools competed, and it was the third year in a row that a U.H. team advanced to the final round. This year’s competition was hosted by the University of Colorado and Denver University Law Schools.
"Once again our students worked very hard and did an outstanding job in this intense national competition," said Dean Avi Soifer. "We are very proud of all these students and very grateful to all the members of the legal community who helped them prepare so well for the national competition." Mahalo to the Hawaiʻi attorneys, law professors and judges (including Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Clifton, U.S. District Court judges David Ezra and Michael Seabright, and Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi) who helped prepare Hawaiʻi's teams.

Third-year law student Ann Otteman and 2L Jesse Smith completed five oral argument rounds before reaching the final round, ultimately taking second place in the Best Advocates category behind a team from Columbia Law School. Other students who competed included 3Ls Rafael Renteria, Christopher Santos and Terrance Thornburgh, and 2Ls Lahela Hite, Chasid Sapolu, Scott Shishido, Kaupena Soon and Kaui Yamane. Six of these students also placed among the top 16 teams.

Law School Conducting Survey of Alumni.
As part of its self-evaluation in anticipation of reaccreditation, the Law School will be conducting two surveys, one of all alumni and other Hawaiʻi attorneys, and one of recent Law School graduates. Professors Randall Roth and Linda Krieger are heading up the Law School’s self-study. Please help by participating in the survey(s).

Law School Adds New Native Hawaiian Law Certificate Program.
The Law School recently added to its curriculum a certificate program in Native Hawaiian Law. The new program joins the Law School’s certificate programs in Environmental Law and Asian and Pacific Law. Previously, students interested in Native Hawaiian Law could earn the Asian and Pacific Law certificate with an emphasis on Native Hawaiian Law.

Keep the Postal Service Happy – Fix your Zip.
Please check the zip code listed on the address of your mailing label for this newsletter. If it is incorrect, please let us know, either by mail or e-mail (lawalum@hawaii.edu). Mahalo!

Alumni Tidbits:

Just married? Just had a baby? Just started a new business (legal or nonlegal, but not illegal)? Share your good news with your classmates and other alumni by simply sending us a note to our mailing address (above) or an e-mail to lawalum@hawaii.edu. If sending an e-mail, please refer to “alumni news” in the subject line.

1977 – Jack Durham knew he was in for an adventure when he signed onto the crew of the Princess TaiPing, a 54-foot replica of a Ming Dynasty wooden sailing vessel, for the Honolulu-Taiwan leg of the ship’s voyage between San Diego and Taiwan, and planned return back to the U.S. West Coast. However, Jack didn’t expect the ship to be cut in two by a Liberian freighter 20-30 miles off the Taiwan coast and to have to cling to the vessel’s stern for over five hours in rough seas before being rescued by the Taiwanese Coast Guard. Jack, a recent retiree and a seasoned sailor, had joined the crew of 11, including the Taiwanese captain, in Honolulu when the TaiPing came to Hawaiʻi for a goodwill sail with the Hokule`a along the Honolulu coastline, before re-embarking on its trans-Pacific journey. Luckily, all 11 crewmembers were rescued, although one was in serious condition as of this writing, and most of their passports and other identification documents were lost to the sea.

1986 – Congratulations to Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd, who was recently appointed by Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi (’96) and confirmed by the Hawaiʻi County Council as the county’s Planning Director. She succeeds fellow alum Chris Yuen (’82) in the position. Bobby has previously served Hawaiʻi County as Legislative Auditor, councilmember, deputy corporation counsel and Director of Environmental Management.

1988 – Our hats off to Wesley Simina (’88), who was recently reelected Governor of Chuuk State, one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.

2003 - Duke and Kiriko Oishi (who met each other in Tokyo during the summer after their 1L year) proudly announce the birth of baby boy Luca Higgen Oishi, born on March 7, 2009. Luca and his happy (but somewhat sleep-deprived) parents are all doing great.

Amy Kalili has joined KGMB 9’s Sunrise Morning Show as the first Hawaiian language newscaster on network television. Her first Hawaiian language newscast was in March of 2008. She also serves as Executive Director of `Aha Punana Leo, an organization that administers the 11 punana leo (literally “nest of voices”) Hawaiian language preschools, with approximately 235 keiki, throughout the State. Amy also hosts programs on `Owi, a digital cable channel dedicated to native Hawaiian content. Before earning her Richardson Law J.D. (and concurrent U.H. M.B.A.), Amy did her undergraduate work at U.H.-Hilo, where she earned her B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, as well as a B.B.A.

2006 – Levi Hookano was recently appointed as counsel to the Hawaiʻi County Charter Commission. He takes on these duties in addition to his regular duties as Legal Specialist with the County Clerk’s Office.

Michael A. Dahilig was nominated by Governor Lingle and confirmed by the State Senate to serve a second term on the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents. While an undergraduate at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mike served as Chief Justice of the student court and as President of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi. He is currently clerking at the Fifth Circuit Court in Lihue. Mike joins fellow alumnus Artemio Baxa (’78) on the Board.