The Hawaii Community Stewardship Network (HCSN) and the William S. Richardson School of Law, Environmental Law Program are pleased to announce that Ha‘aheo Kaho‘ohalahala (Class of 2011) has been selected as the Mālama Ahupua‘a Law Fellow, for Summer 2010. HCSN empowers communities to improve their quality of life through caring for their environmental heritage, and Ms. Kaho‘ohalahala will complete legal research to directly assist communities in their resource management efforts. This is the first time HCSN and ELP have offered this fellowship.
After law school, Ms. Kaho‘ohalahala, who is a Research Associate for ELP, hopes to focus her career on assisting communities in Hawai‘i that face natural and cultural resource legal issues.
HCSN Director Debbie Gowensmith said, “Our community partners regularly come up against legal questions. We are so excited to host this new fellowship, which will directly impact the ability of these communities to pursue their natural and cultural resource management goals. We are also excited about providing this new training opportunity in partnership with the Environmental Law Program, which does such a great job of preparing students to contribute to the community.”
The Harold K. L. Castle Foundation supports community-based near-shore marine conservation throughout the state and has provided the funding for this fellowship. The law firm of Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing is providing pro bono supervision of the Fellow through associate and ELP alumnus Blaine Rogers. HCSN is hosted by O‘ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, a nonprofit organization.