Williamson B.C. Chang

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and UH Mānoa Library announce the Fall 2014 Faculty Lecture Series: Sharing Our Work and Knowledge. Ongoing since 2006, these lectures aim to share interesting UH Mānoa research with the broader academic community and public. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first 2014 lecture, “Hawaiʻi’s ‘Ceded Lands’: The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawaiʻi,” will be presented by William S. Richardson School of Law Professor Williamson Chang on Wednesday, October 1, 11:30 a.m. in Hamilton Library Room 301.

Chang will speak about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both ceded lands and aliʻi lands. The loss of the ceded lands as a result of the U.S. intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of aliʻi lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance.

About Chang

Chang is the longest serving faculty member of the William S. Richardson School of Law. He is well known for his work in water rights and was secretary to the commission that drafted the state water code. He has taught many courses, including water rights, business associations, conflicts of law and Native Hawaiian rights.

He was a special deputy attorney general representing Chief Justice William S. Richardson in a number of major property rights cases in Hawaiʻi. He was also a senior legislative counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington and litigation director of the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, a non-profit devoted to assisting Hawaiians and farmers with their water rights claims.

Other fall 2014 presenters

For more information, go to the UH Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series website.