World War II veteran, military appeals judge will help celebrate Feb. 16 Elder Law Program event

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Feb 5, 2016

Ted Tsukiyama
Ted Tsukiyama
The Honorable Coral Pietsch
The Honorable Coral Pietsch

A free February 16 event at the UH Law School will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the University of Hawai‘i Elder Law Program, as well as the Elder Law and Veterans Clinics that it launched.

From 1:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, the UHELP program at the William S. Richardson School of Law will offer a unique afternoon program to provide information about the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and to reflect on important World War II history shaped by UH students who started the Varsity Victory Volunteers after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The afternoon sessions will open with reflections by UH alumnus Ted Tsukiyama, a World War II veteran with the Military Intelligence Service, and one of the UH students who formed the VVV.  Tsukiyama will discuss the founding of the VVV, and explain how many students went on to serve in the MIS, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Battalion, and other distinguished military units.

The program also includes a presentation and a Q&A with the Honorable Coral Pietsch, a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).  Judge Pietsch will offer an overview of the CAVC and will cover unique aspects of practice before this court. Later, she and her husband, Professor James Pietsch, who launched the Elder and Veterans clinics at the UH Law School, will reflect on their service as military lawyers on active duty, in the Army Reserve, and as civilian Rule of Law Advisors in Iraq.

“This will be an ideal opportunity for veterans to ask questions, and probe aspects of the CAVC as well as for the public to meet a valiant member of the VVV who later went on to serve his country and community with distinction,” said Professor Pietsch.

Said Law School Dean Avi Soifer, “Once again Professor Pietsch makes us very proud of him and all his extraordinary outreach work in addition to all the other things he does for our students and the Law School. In addition, Judge Pietsch has a remarkable record of service herself, now topped off by her critical role on Veterans Appeals highest court in Washington, D.C. “

The public is invited to attend one or more sessions but seating is limited, so please make reservations. The program is being held in anticipation of the 75th anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day in December.

The afternoon will include tea and refreshments.

For reservations or directions, call UHELP at 956-6544 or go to or

Parking at $5 is available in the parking structure before 4 p.m. and $6 after 4 p.m.

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