What’s New at the Center? Faculty, Staff, and Board News
by Susan K. Serrano Director of Educational Development

The Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is pleased to congratulate its newest Assistant Professor, D. Kapua Sproat (’98 JD), on being named one of Hawai`i Business Magazine’s “25 People Who Will Shape the Next 25 Years.”  Kapua joined the Center in January 2007 and is currently teaching two courses: Environmental Law Clinic, which provides practical, non-litigation “lawyering” experience on issues affecting Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources; and Second Year Seminar, an advanced legal research and writing course focused on Native Hawaiian and environmental issues. To view the full Hawaii Business Magazine article, go to: http://www.hawaiibusiness.com

The Center also congratulates the 2006-07 Native American Moot Court team— Moani Crowell, Scott Hovey, Derek Kauanoe, Jocelyn Macadangdang-Doane, Greg Schlais and Anosh Yaqoob—for its first place win at the 15th Annual National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court competition in Minneapolis-St. Paul on February 16-17, 2007. Anosh Yaqoob and Scott Hovey placed first for best advocates. Yaqoob also placed second for Best Oralist. Moani Crowell and Greg Schlais advanced to the final eight. 

The Center’s Director of Educational Development, Susan Serrano, and Research Fellow, Iokona Baker, recently returned from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley in California, where they, along with Professor Eric K. Yamamoto, spoke on a panel: “Scholar Advocacy: Fashioning New Remedies for Injustice,” sponsored by Boalt Hall’s Center for Social Justice. The group also spent the week discussing the Center’s projects with faculty, law student organizations, attorneys, and directors of institutes, and participated in Professor Mary Louise Frampton’s class on “Restorative Justice.”

Finally, the Center bids farewell to our Community Outreach Fellow, Kelli Lee (’06 JD), who recently completed her Fellowship at the Center.  As the Community Outreach Fellow, Kelli launched the Center’s first outreach program to Native Hawaiian high school students.  She collaborated with community groups and individuals, and planned, organized and conducted workshops and seminars for Native Hawaiian high school students. Kelli will begin working at the Office of the Prosecutor in Honolulu this spring.  We wish you all the best, Kelli!