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Women in Law Talk Story: Kuleana beyond a law degree

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in Uncategorized

Photograph of Camille Kalama speaker for Judiciary History Center's Women’s History MonthPhotograph of Kapua Sproat speaker for Judiciary History Center's Women’s History MonthPhotograph of Malia Akutagawa speaker for Judiciary History Center's Women’s History Month










The Judiciary and the Judiciary History Center celebrate Women’s History Month by focusing on Native Hawaiian Women in Law. Join us for a talk story session with Native Hawaiian lawyers (above from left)  Camille Kalama, Kapua Sproat, and Malia Akutagawa, who rely on their legal degrees to inform the work that they do in the Native Hawaiian community.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Aliʻiōlani Hale
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI  96813

Camille Kalama joined Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation [NHLC] as a staff attorney in 2006 after clerking for one year at the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court and currently serves as NHLC’s intake attorney, handling all inquiries for legal services. Camille views her work with NHLC—to protect and preserve native rights and resources—as her kuleana or responsibility as a Native Hawaiian. At NHLC, Camille focuses on native rights and Hawaiian Homes. Prior to joining NHLC, Camille was involved with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and was named NCAA Woman Athlete of the Year for the state of Hawaiʻi in 2001.

Kapua Sproat joined the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law in 2007 as an Assistant 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. Prior to joining the faculty, Kapua spent nine years as an attorney in the Hawai‘i office of Earthjustice, a national, public interest environmental litigation firm. Kapua worked to preserve the resources necessary to perpetuate Hawaiian culture by litigating state and federal cases.

Malia Akutagawa is an Assistant Professor of Law and Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the William S. Richardson School of Law. Malia was an attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation where she worked on Hawaiian access, gathering, burial, land use, and water rights cases. She represented Protect Keopuka ʻOhana in the Kelly v. Oceanside case regarding improper use of agriculture land and the destruction of the ancient Alaloa trail and numerous ancient Hawaiian burials in South Kona, Hawaiʻi Island.

Free parking will be available in the metered stalls because it’s a state holiday (Prince Kuhio Day).

Please RSVP by Monday, March 21, by using Evenbrite. It is quick and easy to do!

If you require accommodation for a disability, please call 539-4999.