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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 8:56 am | Updated: 11:44 am, Sun Mar 24, 2013.

Richardson moot court team takes national intellectual property competition

A four-member moot court team from UH Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law has captured two top titles in a national intellectual property law competition that pitted them against some of the nation’s top law schools.

The team, including UH law students Andrea Maglasang-Miller, Nikki Yamauchi, Shirley Lou-Magnuson, and Avery Matro competed against teams from highly-ranked law schools, including Georgetown Law Center and the Georgia State University College of Law in the IP Moot Court National Championship. 

Ultimately, the four earned two titles, one for Best Oralist Team and the other for Best Overall Team.

Professor Danielle M. Conway, a professor at Richardson and one of the team’s coaches, noted that no other team in the IP competition has managed to accomplish what Mānoa’s team has.  In addition to the two national titles, the group also took three titles, including Best Overall Team, at the regional competition earlier this year.

Source: UH News


Hawaii gun registrations reach record high, following national trend                                        

Firearm registration in Hawaiʻi reached a 12-year high last year, according to a report released by the state attorney general’s office.

The report, which examines annual gun registrations since 2000, shows a steady increase in firearm registrations since 2004, with the exception of a small dip in 2010.  In addition to being a record high, the 50,394 guns registered in 2012 represent a 70 percent increase from 2011.

The information also revealed that a record 21,864 permits were issued as well.  Each permit issued can cover more than one gun.

Harvey Gerwig II, President of the Hawaiʻi Rifle Association, speculated that the increased gun ownership may be related to proposals by congress and President Obama to put new regulations on purchasing and owning firearms.  Gerwig also referred to the President as “ the best gun salesman the world has ever known.”

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Israel apologizes for raid on Turkish ship, Obama praised as mediator

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally apologized to his Turkish counterpart on Friday for a 2010 commando raid on a Turkish ship that claimed the lives of some passengers.

Meantime, President Obama, who appeared with both Netanyahu and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the apology had been made and accepted, was given credit for brokering the reconciliation, which has already resulted in restored diplomatic ties between the two middle eastern nations.

In addition to his apology, Netanyahu offered compensation to Turkey of a yet-to-be determined quantity.   

The mending of ties between the two countries, which had maintained close relations prior to the 2010 incident, topped off Mr. Obama’s middle east visit, and answered earlier questions about his motive for going to Israel and the surrounding countries.

Source: The New York Times

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