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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

Law dean to talk about legal issues of Advertiser sale at Rotary Club luncheon

Advertiser Staff

The legal issues surrounding the sale of The Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin will be among the topics discussed tomorrow at the Rotary Club of Honolulu luncheon meeting.

Aviam Soifer, dean and professor at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, will talk about issues that might affect the planned sales of Hawaii's two dailies, as well as views on the Supreme Court's recent decision allowing corporations to make unlimited campaign contributions.

Soiefer, who is said to be normally reserved when it comes to voicing opinions on public policy and politics, plans to speak candidly about issues that have the potential to negatively impact freedom of speech and political processes at the local, state and national levels.

Soifer served as dean of Boston College Law School from 1993-1998 and taught at Boston College until 2003, when he became dean of the UH law school.

The Rotary Club meets at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Monarch Room at noon. Soifer is expected to begin speaking at 12:20 p.m. The meeting ends promptly at 1 p.m.