Group photo with giant ceremonial check
In center, Carlsmith Ball Scholars Conner, Mirkay and Lawrence, with Dean Soifer, flanked by four of the firm’s attorneys, all Richardson graduates.

Three faculty members at the William S. Richardson School of LawAlison Conner, Charles Lawrence and Nicholas Mirkay—have been named Carlsmith Ball Scholars for their exemplary research work.

Conner is a China expert specializing in analysis of Chinese film that defines legal and social change in the country. Lawrence is a life-long civil rights activist who continues to evaluate social justice issues, especially in today’s polarized society. Mirkay’s expertise in tax law enables him to scrutinize the impact of the latest federal tax law changes and their long-term effects, including on state taxation.

A law school advisory committee was involved in choosing the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty scholars, who will have staggered terms. Conner will have a three-year term, Mirkay two years and Lawrence one year.

Dean Avi Soifer said he was grateful to the Carlsmith Ball law firm for its ongoing support. “Not only does this assist our distinguished faculty in continuing their own research, it provides profound depth to what they already bring to their classroom work and to our students,” said Soifer.

Added Carlsmith Ball Co-Chair Joanne Lo Grimes, a UH law school graduate, “We are proud to support the William S. Richardson School of Law and its faculty, and to provide opportunities for its faculty to further their research and scholarship.”

For more information, including bios of the scholars, go to the law school website.

—By Beverly Creamer