- the philosophy and importance of the Palila and Mamane to cultural resources,
- recovery plans, and
- current management efforts, .
We hope you will share your thoughts.
The William S. Richardson School of Law’s Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law was established in 2005. Ka Huli Ao focuses on education, research, community outreach, and the preservation of invaluable historical, legal, and traditional and customary materials. Ka Huli Ao also offers new courses and supports Native Hawaiian law students as they pursue legal careers and leadership roles.
Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is offering Law 520G - Federal Indian Law. The course will be taught by Hawai'i attorney and Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Carl Christensen.
The Federal Indian Law (Law 520G) course examines constitutional constraints on the federal government's recognition of native groups in relation to pending legal challenges to benefits for Native Hawaiians and reviews recent developments and possible future trends in federal Indian law affecting Native Hawaiians.
The class allows enrolled students an opportunity to learn a very complex and unique area of law and the relevance of federal Indian law to Hawai'i. Only a limited number of Hawai'i attorneys have experience in federal Indian law and Prof. Carl Christensen is one of the few.
A fundamental understanding of federal Indian law, largely through the Federal Indian Law course, has been attributed to the William S. Richardson School of Law's Native American Moot Court Team's success in the past several years. For three straight years in a row, Hawaiʻi's Native American Moot Court team reached the final round of the National Native American Law Students Associationʻs annual moot court competition. CLICK HERE to read about this yearʻs win.
In 2007, returning Native American Moot Court team members wrote a commentary, in the Honolulu Advertiser, on the Akaka Bill and federal Indian law. CLICK HERE to read commentary.
The Young Womenʻs Christian Association (YWCA) has a website dedicated to women leaders at RaiseMyLeader.org One of this yearʻs honorees is Professor Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie. You can see Prof. MacKenzie RaiseMyLeader profile page by CLICKING HERE. RaiseMyLeader.org described Prof. MacKenzie as having, "worked on Native Hawaiian legal issues for over thirty years. In her role at the Law School, she develops and teaches courses on Native Hawaiian law, writes and lectures extensively and is the chief editor of the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook. Recently, her efforts lead to the approval of a new certificate program in Native Hawaiian Law at the Law School. She also counsels and mentors law students as part of her commitment to developing future leaders."
If you know Prof. MacKenzie in either a personal or professional capacity, we encourage you to consider leaving a comment for (or about) her by CLICKING HERE, reading some of the current comments, and then scrolling down until you see "Leave a comment." From there you can enter your name as well as the comment you would like to leave. Mahalo nui for your support.
This Saturday, Ka Huli Ao will begin its Law School Admission Test preparation program. Previously, the program was completed operated by the law student organization, ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi with support from the William S. Richardson School of Law and Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. We are confident that Ka Huli Ao will build upon the success of ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi.
Initially, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs funded the program through grants. Now, Ka Huli Ao funds the program through its funding. The adoption of this program by Ka Huli Ao will help to keep the program sustainable and permanent as student leaders enroll and graduate from the law school.
Derek Kauanoe, a Ka Huli Ao Post-JD fellow who oversees the program, and Liam Skilling who conducts the classes are both excited for the incoming class. Previously, Liam and Derek worked on this program when it was managed by ʻAhahui o Hawaiʻi.
We have a good number of aspiring advocates for the Native Hawaiian community. Program participants have interests in various issues that include:
In March 2007, Prof. Kapua Sproat was featured on the cover of Hawai‘i Business Magazine as among 25 People for the Next 25 Years; Hawai‘i's Bright People and Bright Future. Watch the video below to find out where Prof. Kapua Sproat is from, what she does in the legal profession, and what she says Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law does.
Ka Huli Ao Post-J.D. Fellow, Ka‘ano‘i Walk leads a discussion on the idea of a Native court in Hawai‘i. Is there a need for a Native Court? What jurisdiction could such a court have? How do Native courts operate in other settings? Ka‘ano‘i is joined in the discussion by T.J. Quan, a practicing attorney, currently working with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, who has also represented Native Hawaiians in both criminal and civil courts. Ka‘ano‘i is also joined Colin Kippen, a Native Hawaiian and a former tribal court judge for the Suquamish Tribe.
The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal, is hosting (with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law co-sponsoring), "INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Conflicts and Challenges for Today's Indigenous Women"You can view the symposium brochure by CLICKING HERE.
On Thursday, March 5, 2009, Ka Huli Ao hosted its monthly Maoli Thursday lunch-time event. This past Maoli Thursday was titled, "State v. OHA Oral Argument: What Really Happened at the U.S. Supreme Court?" Just like all other Maoli Thursdays, this too was FREE and OPEN to the public. A number of non-law school affiliated people were present. This event was also live-streamed over the internet by Ka Huli Ao.
Ka Huli Ao, and the law school, have developed a working relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu. The full partnership also includes Kamehameha Schools and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. We blogged about the early stages of the planning for this last November 13.
Law student mentors will meet with their young mentees in the spring of 2009 for a few hours each month. The program expects to provide a variety of activities that will foster a relationship between individual law students and elementary-intermediate school students.
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