Can Hawaii's proposed Civil Unions be Challenged in Court?

Can Hawaii's proposed Civil Unions be Challenged in Court?
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Kat Brady, Richard S. Miller, and Jon M. Van Dyke discussion civil unions (HB 444 HD1)Richard S. MillerProfessor of Law EmeritusDirector, Summer Externship ProgramEducationBS, Boston University, 1951JD, magna cum laude, Boston University, 1956LLM, Yale Law School, 1959BiographyProfessor Miller arrived in Hawai‘i in 1973 to help establish the new law school at the University of Hawai‘i. His first law degree is from Boston University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After practicing law in Boston he earned a Master of Law degree from the Yale Law School. He was a law professor from 1959 to 1996, having taught at Wayne State University and Ohio State University before coming to Hawai`i.His areas of principal interest are torts, conflict of laws, and health insurance. He served the law school as Associate Dean (1976-77) and Dean (1981-84). In 1985, Professor Miller was instrumental in securing a USIA Grant for exchange of faculty between the Hiroshima University School of Law and the University of Hawai‘i's law school. He was a visiting professor at Hiroshima University during fall 1986 and at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) during spring 1987. Professor Miller is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also a board member of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i and the Honolulu Community-Media Council, and a legal consultant for the Hawai‘i Coalition for Health. His work for the Coalition earned him the 1999 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Hawai‘i Medical Association Alliance.Jon M. Van DykeProfessor of LawCarlsmith Ball Faculty ScholarRegents' Medalist for Excellence in Research Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching EducationBA, cum laude, Yale University, 1964JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1967BiographyProfessor Van Dyke has been on the faculty since 1976, teaching Constitutional Law, International Law, International Ocean Law, and International Human Rights. He previously taught at the Hastings College of Law, University of California, San Francisco (1971-76), and at the Catholic University Law School, Washington, D.C (1967-69).He was law clerk for Chief Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court (1969-70) and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, California (1970-71). Professor Van Dyke has served as the Law School's Associate Dean (1980-82), as the University's representative on the Executive Board of the Law of the Sea Institute (1982-88), as Director of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace (1988-90), and as an Adjunct Research Associate or Fellow at the East-West Center (1979-91, 2000-present). He has written six books — North Vietnam's Strategy for Survival (1972), Jury Selection Procedures: Our Uncertain Commitment to Representative Panels (1977), Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea (co-author 1997), Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai`i? (2008) (which was picked as one of the six most memorable books of 2008 by the Honolulu Advertiser), International Law and Litigation in the U.S. (co-author, 3rd ed. 2009), and Checklists for Searches and Seizures in Public Schools (co-author updated annually) — and has edited another five books — Consensus and Confrontation: The United States and the Law of the Sea Convention (1985), International Navigation: Rocks and Shoals Ahead? (1988), Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century (1993) (which was awarded the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for 1994 by the International Studies Association), Updating International Nuclear Law (2007), and Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea (2009). He has also written numerous articles, focusing in particular on issues related international ocean law, international human rights, international environmental law, and the rights of Native Hawaiians. In 1987, Professor Van Dyke was recipient of a University of Hawaiʻi Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching, and he has been selected Outstanding Professor at the Law School on four occasions.
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