Wednesday, November 19, 2008

$100,000 goes to Hawai'i Law School and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Army reach a resolution?

According to a Pacific Business News article, the law firm of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher will donate $100,000 to the William S. Richardson School of Law for scholarships and the school's moot court program. The article describes the moot court program as nationally-recognized. Mahalo to the law firm for its generosity.

The William S. Richardson School of Law has a variety of moot court teams. Such teams include: Client Counseling team, Criminal Law Moot Court Team, Environmental Law Moot Court Team, Hispanic Moot Court Team, Intellectual Moot Court Team, International Environmental Law Moot Court Team, Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and the Native American Moot Court Team. Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is closely affiliated with the Native American Moot Court Team on campus. Because of this affiliation, we would like to take the time to describe the Native American Moot Court Team. The Native American Moot Court Team has a consistent record of success in its participation at the National Native American Law Students Association's annual moot court competition. In 16 years of the competition's existence, the William S. Richardson School of Law captured First Place in the Best Overall/Best Advocates category four times. That's a total of 1/4 of the First Place Award in that category. Additionally, the team has won awards in the other two categories, Best Brief and Best Oralist for a total of 19 awards.

You can read the team's online magazine available at

Here is a short video of the team with highlights from the 2007-08 year and competition.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs issued a News Release, that, in part provides, "By agreement, OHA representatives, together with a neutral archaeologist and accompanied by Army representatives, will survey certain Army training areas. Through these and past surveys, OHA and Army representatives aim to ensure the appropriate identification and treatment of cultural and historic resources located in Lihu‘e, the traditional name for the Schofield Barracks region, and other parts of Hawai‘i."

The Honolulu Advertiser also has an article on the topic. The article identifies OHA's concern in noting,

"On July 22, 2006, an unexploded-ordnance removal crew bulldozed across a buffer protecting Hale'au'au heiau at Schofield, according to cultural monitors hired by the Army.

OHA also said there were other incidents involving displacement and damage of petroglyphs, the filling of a streambed known to contain Native Hawaiian sites and the construction of a road over burial grounds.

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