Thursday, November 3, 2011

International Law Routes to Hawaiian Sovereignty

Watch our live-streaming event with Scholar-Activist Julian Aguon today at 11:45.
(if we experience technical difficulties, the video will be made available online soon after)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Act 55: Hawaii's Public Trust Lands?

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Join us for Maoli Thursday! RSVP by sending an e-mail to or by visiting our Facebook event page by CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Walter Echo-Hawk talks about the Native American Legal Experience

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A lawyer, tribal judge, scholar and activist, Walter Echo-Hawk’s legal experience includes cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights, and repatriation rights. A staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund for more than 35 years, Mr. Echo-Hawk was instrumental in securing passage of two federal laws that respect Indian and religious freedoms and the repatriation of Native American remains.
Mr. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation. He received a political science degree from Oklahoma State University (1970) and his law degree from the University of New Mexico (1973). Mr. Echo-Hawk will also discuss his new book, In the Courts of the
Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Native Hawaiian Ancestral Land: Where do we go from here?

Check out our live stream below. The discussion focuses on Native Hawaiian Land Issues with Davis Price a 2010 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Stephanie Chen a 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law with a Native American Law certificate. Both are post-Juris Doctorate Fellowships with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

15 Native Hawaiian Law Certificates Awarded

The William S. Richardson School of Law graduated 15 law students with the Native Hawaiian Law Certificate. Last year 7 law students graduated with this distinction.

The 15 awardees are diverse and composed of both Native Hawaiian and non-Native Hawaiian students: Natasha Baldauf, Amy Brinker, Elena Bryant, Maria Carmichael, Amanda Donlin, Mark Jensen, Ha‘aheo Kaho‘ohalahala, Ryan Kanaka‘ole, Sarah Kaopuiki, Kekoa Keiley, Christopher Leong, Ann Otteman, Jeannin-Melissa Russo, Sherilyn Tavares, and Alexa Zen.

Students contributed to both the community and the law school in several ways:
Baldauf and Kaho'ohalahala conducted community presentations for Hawai'i's rural and farming communities regarding water law with law professor Kapua Sproat. During these presentations, Ka Huli Ao's water primer was also distributed to attendees.

Brinker has been recognized as spear-heading the legislative effort to "legalize pa'i'ai" and for founding by successfully advocating for passage of Senate Bill 101. SB 101 now waits for Governor Abercrombie's approval. Click here to read a Civil Beat article on the topic.

Donlin interned at Kahea: the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance and the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. These two organizations are public-interest law firms in Hawai'i.

Zen volunteered on the Leona Kalima case against the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. You can read a 2009 Honolulu Advertiser article on this case by CLICKING HERE.

Law students pursuing the Native Hawaiian Law Certificate enroll in a variety of classes. To see a list of courses, CLICK HERE. Course descriptions can be read by CLICKING HERE.

The new graduates' employment plans include: working for the Hawai'i judiciary, private firms, the military (Judge Advocate General), the federal government, and non-profits.

The annual spring commencement of the William S. Richardson School of Law awarded 15 students with Native Hawaiian Law Certificates on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Established with federal funding in 2005 at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian is an academic center that promotes education, scholarship, community outreach and collaboration on issues of law, culture and justice for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific and Indigenous peoples. Law Professor Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie serves as the Director of Ka Huli Ao, and is also among the Law School’s first graduates.