Environmental Law Program

ELP Faculty

Core Faculty | Lecturers | Visiting Faculty

The Environmental Law Program faculty consists of a dynamic network of six full-time law school “core” faculty who regularly teach and contribute to the program; several lecturers who are experienced teachers, practitioners, and community leaders; and visiting distinguished faculty from other law schools.

ELP Core Faculty

Core Faculty

ELP’s core faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise. They actively participate as scholars, teachers, advocates, and consultants on some of the most significant environmental issues in the State of Hawai‘i.

David M. Forman

Director, Environmental Law Program
Associate Faculty Specialist

David Forman has been an active part of the Environmental Law, Health Law Policy, and Ka Huli Ao programs since joining the law school faculty in 2010. Professor Forman has taught Legal Practice II and Administrative Law courses. This year he is teaching a new, cross-discipline course entitled Food Security. Professor Forman continues to serve as the faculty advisor for the Environmental Law Society and the National Environmental Law and International Environmental Law Moot Court teams…(more)

Denise E. Antolini


Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
Former Director, Environmental Law Program
Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Denise E. Antolini joined the Law School faculty in 1996 and has served as Director of ELP since 2004.   She is 2010 Chair of the AALS’s Environmental Law Section, chair of the Law School Building Committee, a member of the Faculty Senate, and serves on the Honolulu City… (more)

Maxine Burkett

MaxineBurkett2009_elpfacultyAssociate Professor of Law
Director, Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy

Maxine Burkett joins the law school as an Associate Professor of Law and serves as the inaugural Director of University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program’s Island Climate Center: Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). Professor Burkett attended Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked in private practice in Honolulu with Davis, Levin, Livingston and Paul… (more)

David L. Callies

DavidCallies2009Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law
Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching

David L. Callies is Benjamin A. Kudo professor of law at the Law School where he teaches land use, state and local government and real property. Prior to coming to Hawaiʻi he practiced local government and land use law with the firm of Ross & Hardies of Chicago during which time he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and served as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He is a graduate of DePauw Univ… (more)

D. Kapua‘ala Sproat

KapuaSproat2009Associate Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Law Clinic 

Kapua Sproat joined the law school in 2007 as an Assistant Professor with the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. She currently teaches courses in Native Hawaiian and Environmental Law, and Legal Research and Writing. In addition to her teaching, Kapua assists with all aspects of Ka Huli Ao’s 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… (more)


Shalanda H. Baker


Environmental Law Program Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Law

Associate Professor Shalanda H. Baker is the Faculty Advisor to the Environmental Law Program and founding director of an energy law project at the law school.

Professor Baker teaches International Environmental Law, Renewable Energy Law, Sustainable Development, Administrative Law, and related courses in energy and international development.  Her research explores large energy and infrastructure project development, including renewable energy projects; indigenous rights; and the effect of development on the environment… (more)


Former Faculty

Jon M. Van Dyke

JVD2009 1943-2011
Professor of Law
Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar
Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Research
Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching

(BA, cum laude, Yale University, 1964; JD, cum laude, Harvard University, 1967) was a member of the faculty beginning in 1976, until his untimely death on November 29, 2011. Prof. Van Dyke taught constitutional law, international law, international ocean law, and international human rights. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Environmental Law Program. He also supervised the School of Law’s successful Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. Prof. Van Dyke authored and edited numerous books, including International Law and Litigation in the U.S. and Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century, which earned the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award as the best book on environmental policy for 1994 from the International Studies Association. His work included research and writing on the legal issues raised by shipments of radioactive materials through the oceans, the use of low-frequency active sonar by navies and its impact on marine mammals, the siting of nuclear power plants, the impact of atmospheric testing in the Pacific, water rights in Hawai‘i, the rights of natives to land and resources, and management of fisheries on the high seas and whaling. He travelled frequently, lecturing in Fiji, London, Kuala Lumpur, Panama City, and Bangkok. Between his frequent trips to the Pacific Islands and Asia, he enjoyed his home nestled in the tropical rainforest overlooking Manoa Valley with his wife Sherry Broder, a prominent Honolulu attorney. Although JVD’s passing has deeply saddened all of us, we are comforted by the knowledge that his legacy will be long-lasting… (more)

Casey Jarman

Professor Casey Jarman
Professor at Law

Professor Jarman came from the University of Mississippi, where she was Director of the Coastal and Marine Resources Program, to join the School of Law faculty in 1987. She was the founder and first director of the School’s Environmental Law Program (ELP). She retired in the Fall of 2011 and is enjoying life on Hawai‘i Island.



Lecturers:  Experienced Teachers, Practitioners, and Community Leaders

LECTURER AT LAW MELINDA CHING, a graduate of the University of California Davis Law School, is Regional Counsel for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Asia-Pacific Region and Hawai‘i. She manages a legal staff in Honolulu and supports TNC offices in China, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands. She co-teaches with Jody Kaulukukui.

LECTURER AT LAW HONORABLE DAVID A. EZRA, who received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University, is Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Hawai‘i and has served on the bench since 1988. Judge Ezra has taught the Federal Courts course at the School of Law for many years. Honolulu Weekly recently commented that “Chief Judge David Alan Ezra has ruled upon some of the most important cases in modern Hawaiian history,” ranging from environmental law to education, constitutional issues, and Native Hawaiian rights.

LECTURER AT LAW LEA HONG received her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She practiced for several years with the Honolulu office of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice). In 1996, she joined the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, where she co-chaired its environmental and cultural resources law practice group. She was honored in 2004 with Hawai‘i Women Lawyers’ top award, is consistently listed by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawai‘i’s “best environmental lawyers,” and was honored in 2009 for Outstanding Leadership by the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance. She co-teaches the Environmental Litigation Seminar with Professor Sproat and Conservation Transactions with Jonathan Scheuer.

LECTURER AT LAW JODY KAULUKUKUI graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 1998 and was the class Valedictorian and Managing Editor of the Hawai‘i Law Review. She received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and attended Kamehameha Schools. Since 2006, she has served as a Senior Protection Specialist with The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i (TNCH) in Honolulu. She is responsible for negotiating land transactions with private landowners, government agencies, and conservation partners. She previously worked at two Honolulu law firms: Pitluck Kido Stone & Aipa, and Ashford & Wriston. She serves on the board of the Native Hawaiian Legal Defense and Education Fund. She co-teaches ELP’s Conservation Transactions course with her TNCH colleague Melinda Ching.

LECTURER AT LAW STEVEN J. OPPENHEIMER received his JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1986 and holds an MS in biology. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an environmental scientist with the State of New Mexico. Before moving to Hawai‘i, he practiced environmental law in Southern California, where he represented clients on a broad array of compliance issues. Since 2001, he has been Associate General Counsel— Environmental with the Hawaiian Electric Company. He teaches Environmental Compliance and Regulated Industries.


Visiting Faculty

PROFESSOR DANIEL BODANSKY is a faculty member at the University of Georgia School of Law. He is internationally recognized as one of the premier authorities on global climate change. He teaches public international law, international environmental law, and foreign affairs and the Constitution. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control. In addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law. He has taught International Environmental Law for ELP in the summer program.

PROFESSOR ROBIN CRAIG is the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs at Florida State College of Law. She is a leading scholar in administrative, constitutional, marine, and biodiversity law. Professor Craig has published five books on environmental law and numerous articles. She will be teaching International Environmental Law for ELP during summer of 2010.

PROFESSOR JACKIE GARDINA is an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. She specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, bankruptcy, and federal courts. She has received many teaching awards at Vermont Law School. Professor Gardina taught Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy Law for ELP during the summer program.

PROFESSOR RICHARD HILDRETH is a faculty member at the University of Oregon School of Law. He specializes in ocean and coastal law, property, comparative environmental law, land-use law, and water resources law. He actively engages in research and field-work in Oceania and in 1991 was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Law. He has visited with ELP to teach Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Environmental Law.