Emerging Areas of Native Hawaiian Law
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Date and Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Credit: This seminar qualifies for 1 CLE Credit.
$35 HSBA Member (LIVE WEBCAST)
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Legal issues impacting Hawai'i’s Indigenous people affect all of the communities within our island home.
Join us to learn about the latest cases, legislation, and policy developments in three important areas of Native Hawaiian Law: The political status of the Native Hawaiian community, the public land trust (the Government and Crown lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom), and public trust water resources.
Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie is a Professor of Law at Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. After receiving her law degree, Professor MacKenzie served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William S. Richardson of the Hawai'i Supreme Court. She then joined the staff of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC), a public interest law firm protecting and advancing the rights of Native Hawaiians, where served as NHLC's Executive Director and then as a senior staff attorney. Prof. MacKenzie has worked on cases asserting Hawaiian traditional and customary rights, dealing with land issues, and defending the constitutionality of Hawaiian programs. She currently teaches Native Hawaiian Rights, Federal Indian Law, the Second Year Seminar legal writing course, and specific topics courses in Native Hawaiian law.
Prof. MacKenzie is Editor-in-Chief and author of four chapters in Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise (2015), the definitive resource for understanding critical legal issues affecting the Native Hawaiian community. She is also a contributing author to the latest edition of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Prof. MacKenzie is a past president of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, which she helped to establish in 1992. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Hika'alani, a Native Hawaiian cultural and educational organization. She is the Founding Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, was awarded the University Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, and served as Acting Dean of the Law School in Fall 2017.
D. Kapua'ala Sproat, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
D. Kapua'ala Sproat is an Associate Professor with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program. She teaches courses in Native Hawaiian and Environmental Law, and Legal Research and Writing. In addition to her teaching, Kapua is Ka Huli Ao's Director and assists with all aspects of its program work, including student recruitment and retention, community outreach and education, and fund development. Her areas of scholarship and interest include Native Hawaiian law, indigenous rights, and natural resource protection and management. Kapua is executive editor, author of two chapters, and co-author of another chapter in NATIVE HAWAIIAN LAW: A TREATISE. Kapua is also the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic, which is one of the Law School’s only live-client clinics that addresses both Native Hawaiian and environmental issues while also providing direct legal services to rural, Neighbor Island communities.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, Kapua spent nine years as an attorney in the Hawai'i office of Earthjustice, a national, public interest environmental litigation firm. Given her special interest in empowering and supporting Kanaka Maoli culture and people, Kapua worked to preserve the resources necessary to perpetuate her culture by litigating state and federal cases under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, State Water Code, and various Hawai'i environmental laws. Kapua developed a special interest in water law and worked on ground-breaking litigation on the Islands of O'ahu, Hawai'i, and Maui to return diverted stream flows to public trust and other community uses, including traditional Maoli agriculture and aquaculture. She remains Of Counsel at Earthjustice where she continues to work on water and other issues.
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