Professor James Pietsch is the UHELP director/attorney. Early in his career, he served as a regular Army officer in the Medical Service Corps and later in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Upon release from active duty he was the staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi (LASH) Elder Law Unit prior to assuming his position at the law school in 1991. He received national recognition for his work in Elder Law when he was presented with the Paul Lichterman Award. He is the recipient of the Elizabeth and Hung Wo Ching Memorial Award for Faculty Service at the University of Hawaiʻi. He served pro bono as Special Advisor to the Multinational Force-Iraq Law and Order Task Force for which he received the Secretary of the Army Award for Public Service and later as Rule of Law Advisor to the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team where he helped establish legal and clinics in Iraq, including the Kurdistan region.
Lenora Lee is the program administrator/legal assistant. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at UH Manoa. Lennie, who is a graduate of the Kapiʻolani Community College Legal Assistant Program, was a paralegal at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi for over 12 years where she served both in the family law unit and the elder law unit. In addition to her experience as a paralegal Lennie has a teaching certificate in secondary education, a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi, and a Masters of Business Administration from Chaminade University. She also has a PhD in political science from the University of Hawaiʻi.