Faculty series to launch with law professor's lecture on ceded lands

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Posted: Sep 18, 2014

Law Professor Williamson B.C. Chang
Law Professor Williamson B.C. Chang

The UHM 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 UHM research with the broader academic community and public.

The Fall 2014 lectures, which are free and open to the public, will feature:

  • Professor Williamson Chang, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law.
  • Dr. Ruth Gates, Researcher, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.
  • Dr. Roderick Labrador, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies.

Join us for Fall 2014’s first lecture:

Hawaiʻi’s "Ceded Lands": The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawaiʻi
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hamilton Library, Room 301
UH Mānoa campus

Speaker: Law Professor Williamson B.C. Chang

While Hawaiians may disagree about many issues, they do agree and unite around their responsibility and kuleana for the aina. The loss of the "ceded lands" as a result of U.S. intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of Alii lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance. Chang will speak about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both the "ceded lands" and Alii lands.

Chang is the longest serving member of the William S. Richardson School of Law faculty. He was a Special Deputy Attorney General representing Chief Justice William S. Richardson in a number of major property rights cases in Hawai‘i. 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. 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, and has started a new course on the creation of a Hawaiian Nation: "To Grow a Nation."

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcr/mfls/index.html