Environmental Law Program Faculty:
|ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ARNOLD LUM graduated in 1968 with an A.B. in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara, and he earned an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before earning his J.D. at the University of California at Davis in 1976. He has spent fifteen years combined as an attorney for the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in Honolulu. He has served on the State of Hawaii Environmental Council, as well as on the Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council, and is an articles editor for the American Bar Association's Natural Resources and Environment section magazine. In Spring 2003, he initiated the Law School's first Environmental Litigation Clinic course (Advanced Legal Studies).|
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR JOHN OKI, who earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, began teaching Hazardous Waste Law in Spring 1999. Formerly corporate counsel for Pfizer Inc. (New York and Connecticut) in charge of its national Superfund work for ten years, he currently is in private practice in Honolulu, where he handles environmental and intellectual property cases. He is also an expert on environmental law issues in the Pacific Rim, including Japan and Korea.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR LINDA PAUL is a 1990 graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law. While a law student, she founded and directed the Environmental Law Society. She is the Executive Director of Aquatics for the Hawai‘i Audubon Society and the Project Administrator for the Pacific Fisheries Coalition Project. She is also the Director of the Ocean Law and Policy Institute of the Pacific Forum. In Fall 2002, Professor Paul co-taught International Environmental Law with ADJUNCT PROFESSOR DOUG CODIGA.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR DENNIS SAITO earned his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before earning a J.D. and M.B.A. through the Joint Degree Program at University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and Graduate School of Business in 1979. He clerked for Hawai‘i State Supreme Court Justice Herman Lum and worked as an associate attorney with the Honolulu firm Carlsmith and Dwyer. He currently serves as Associate General Counsel to Tesoro Hawaii Corporation.
PROFESSOR JOHN L. BARKAI, who has both an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan, joined the faculty of the School of Law in 1978. Professor Barkai directs the clinical program and teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Evidence, and Prosecution Clinic. He is active in the legal community, serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Justice (Mediation) Center, past Chair of the ADR Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar, and past President of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Professor Barkai has also served as a consultant to the Hawai‘i Judiciary, the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, the State Court of Kosrae, and the Minister of Justice for Papua New Guinea. email@example.com
PROFESSOR WILLIAMSON B.C. CHANG received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, he teaches Native Hawaiian Rights, Legal Aspects of Water Resources Control, Jurisprudence, and Conflict of Laws. He has served as principal investigator on research projects examining water rights in Hawai‘i, American Samoa, and the Federated States of Micronesia, and as a special deputy attorney general representing the Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court in the McBryde water rights case. He is recognized both nationally and internationally for his scholarship on native Hawaiian issues. Professor Chang visited Hiroshima University as part of the School of Law’s faculty exchange program and University of Western Australia at Perth under the Fulbright exchange program. From 1989 to 1990, he worked as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye on kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) rights. firstname.lastname@example.org
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR JEAN CAMPBELL graduated cum laude with her JD in 2000 from the William S. Richardson School of Law and is an associate at the Honolulu law firm Carlsmith Ball. She practices real property and environmental law with a concentration in the areas of real property development and mergers and acquisitions. She received her BA in English, with honors, from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and her Master of Arts from San Diego State University. She co-teaches a seminar on real estate transactions and natural resources conservation with Melinda Ching.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR MELINDA CHING, a graduate of the University of California Davis Law School, is Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Asia-Pacific Region and Hawai‘i. She manages a legal staff in Honolulu and supports TNC offices in China, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands. She co-teaches with Jean Campbell.
PROFESSOR CARL CHRISTENSEN holds an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i. Prior to accepting his current position, Professor Christensen served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (2001-2005) and as Staff Attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (1991-2001). He has also been employed as an associate in the Honolulu law firm Burke, Sakai, McPheeters, Bordner, and Gilardy (1990-1991), as a legislative aid to Hawai`i State Representative Bill Pfeil (1986-1987), and as a research zoologist at Honolulu's Bishop Museum (1979 - 1985). Professor Christensen teaches Federal Indian Law and Second Year Seminar.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR HONORABLE DAVID A. EZRA, who received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University, is Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Hawai‘i and has served on the bench since 1988. Judge Ezra has taught the Federal Courts course at the School of Law for many years. Honolulu Weekly recently commented that “Chief Judge David Alan Ezra has ruled upon some of the most important cases in modern Hawaiian history,” ranging from environmental law to education, constitutional issues, and Native Hawaiian rights.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR LEA HONG received her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She practiced for several years with the Honolulu office of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice). In 1996, she joined the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, where she co-chairs its environmental and cultural resources law practice group. She was honored in 2004 with Hawai‘i Women Lawyers’ top award, and is consistently listed by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawai‘i’s “best environmental lawyers.” She has co-taught Environmental Compliance and Regulated Industries, and co-teaches Environmental Litigation Seminar.
PROFESSOR MELODY MacKENZIE, who after receiving her law degree, Professor MacKenzie served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William S. Richardson of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. In 1980, she joined the staff of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, a public interest law firm protecting and advancing the rights of Native Hawaiians. She served as NHLC's Executive Director from 1982-1986 and as a senior staff attorney from 1986-1992. From 1992-1999, she was the Executive Director of the Hawaiian Claims Office, a state program established to review and make recommendations on claims by Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries. Prof. MacKenzie is project coordinator and chief editor for revisions to the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook (1991), which she originally edited and helped to write, and is a contributor to the new edition of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Prof. MacKenzie teaches Native Hawaiian Rights, Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic, and Advanced Topics in Native Hawaiian Law.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR STEVEN J. OPPENHEIMER received his JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1986 and holds an MS in biology. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an environmental scientist with the State of New Mexico. Before moving to Hawai‘i, he practiced environmental law in Southern California, where he represented clients on a broad array of compliance issues. Since 2001, he has been Associate General Counsel— Environmental with the Hawaiian Electric Company.
PROFESSOR PAUL SULLIVAN, who received his J.D. from Harvard
University, has been a civilian attorney with the Office of the General
Counsel of the Navy since 1978. He has worked in Hawai‘i since 1982 and
is presently assigned to the staff of the Commander, Navy Region Hawai‘i
at Pearl Harbor. His practice concentrates on real estate, business and
commercial law, government contracting, and environmental law. He began
teaching at the School of Law in Fall 1998, offering a course entitled
"Environmental Law and the Military," which examines broad issues
of Federal administrative and environmental law through specific examples
arising from military land use and operations. email@example.com
PROFESSOR DANIEL BODANSKY is internationally recognized as one of the premier authorities on global climate change. He teaches public international law, international environmental law, and foreign affairs and the Constitution. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the George Washington School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. Bodansky also clerked for Judge Irving Goldberg of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He is the recipient of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, and a Jean Monet Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence. Bodansky currently serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, is co-editor in chief of Kluwer Law International’s book series on International Environmental Law and Policy and is the U.S.-nominated arbitrator under the Antarctic Environment Protocol. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law.
RICHARD HILDRETH specializes in ocean and coastal law,
property, comparative environmental law, land-use law, and water resources
law. He actively engages in research and field-work in Oceania and in
1991 was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Law.
Among his many publications are "Institutional and Legal Arrangements
for Coastal Management in the Asia-Pacific Region," with Maradale
Gale in Coastal Management in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues and Approaches
and "Australian Coastal Management: A North American Perspective,"
Environmental & Planning Law Journal 15 (1991).
PROFESSOR STEVE ROADY, attorney with the Earthjustice in Washington D.C., and long-time Adjunct Professor at American University College of Law visited the University of Hawai‘i School of Law during the Fall 2002 semester. Professor Roady taught Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law. Professor Roady, who has litigated several important cases under federal statutes that implement ocean policy, founded the Ocean Law Project (supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts) and served as founding President of Oceana, a non-profit international ocean conservation organization dedicated to protecting life in the sea through public education, advocacy, communications, science and litigation. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Duke University Marine Laboratory at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environmental and Earth Sciences. His experiences also include serving as counsel to a United States Senator on environmental matters in the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works (1989-90) and his private efforts assisting companies in complying with environmental laws. firstname.lastname@example.org
PROFESSOR ALISON RIESER visited the School of Law in the 2000-01 academic year as the George M. Johnson Visiting Professor. Professor Rieser is Director of the Marine Law Institute at the University of Maine School of Law and is a prominent expert in marine resource protection, fisheries, ocean pollution, coastal land use, and international maritime relations. While visiting at the School of Law, she taught Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law, a seminar on Fisheries Law, and legal writing. Professor Rieser consults for state and federal agencies, is the faculty advisor to the law student-edited Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, is an active participant in national and international discussions of marine policies, and is co-author of a leading casebook on ocean and coastal law. In 1999, she was selected as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, the only law professor ever to receive this honor.
PROFESSOR DAN TARLOCK, a Distinguished Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, visited the School of Law in Spring 2001, teaching property law and legal writing. An internationally recognized expert in environmental law and the law of land and water use, he is the author of the treatise Law of Water Rights and Resources and co-author of four casebooks on water resources and environmental law. Professor Tarlock is a frequent consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies, as well as private groups and law firms, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
PROFESSOR WILLIAM H. RODGERS, Stimson-Bullitt Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and leading national scholar in environmental law, was the School of Law’s George M. Johnson Visiting Professor in the Fall 1995 semester. In addition to teaching the environmental law survey course and torts, Professor Rodgers shared his expertise with a wide variety of audiences throughout the islands. He took a special interest in the challenges facing native Hawaiians, drawing upon his experience representing Native American tribes to enrich the dialogue and law on native Hawaiian issues.
PROFESSOR CAROL ROSE, the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law at Yale University and renowned scholar in property law, held the School of Law’s Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professorship of Law in 1992. Her property law class was such a success that the law students voted her their graduation speaker in 1995.
PROFESSOR DAVID SIVE, often referred to fondly as the “grandfather of modern environmental law,” was the Law School’s Distinguished Visiting Professor in Fall 1987. Drawing upon his experience as a partner in the New York law firm of Sive, Paget and Reisel and his years of teaching at a variety of law schools, Professor Sive taught the environmental law survey course and administrative law.
In 1994, an anonymous donor endowed a $1.5 million chair in the name of distinguished Honolulu real estate and land use attorney Benjamin A. Kudo. The purpose of the endowed chair is to promote research, writing, and teaching in land use, administrative, and environmental law. The funds generated by the endowment support research materials and assistance, as well as travel to national and international conferences and seminars. In 1995, the University conferred the chair upon David L. Callies, professor of law at the School of Law and an internationally recognized expert on land use law. The Kudo Chair has allowed Professor Callies to expand his research horizons and present his recent work at conferences in Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, England, and Japan. He recently co-authored a comparative study of land use and eminent domain laws in eleven Asian-Pacific countries.