John Robert Egan is an experienced Immigration Attorney, and has served as the Chairperson of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Hawai’i Chapter in 2008-2009. His immigration law practice experience includes 2½ years as supervising attorney of the Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). His university teaching experience includes five years developing curricula and teaching about Humanitarian Law and Assistance in the Program on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at UHM. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Hawai’i Pacific University.
In the early 1990’s John worked as a Field Officer for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, serving in posts in Malawi and Mozambique. This experience, working to ameliorate the impacts of large-scale forced migration provided a strong motivation to learn the international laws and protocols related to migration. He continues to take on a small number of refugee and asylum cases on a pro bono publico basis, as a community service.
His work with university students here in Hawaii has led John to the conclusion that there is a need for a legal service tailored to the needs of international students and scholars as they move from academic work into their careers, and as they start families and move through the migration process.
John is married to a local physician and they have two children. When he is not at work or driving his kids to school, piano lessons or hula classes, you will find him at the beach.
Daryl Takeno is a 2007 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the school’s Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. Prior to law school, Daryl worked for several years at the public relations department of an electronics firm based in Tokyo and particularly enjoys using his overseas work experience to assist Japanese clients navigate their way through the U.S. legal system.
During his many years studying and working overseas, Daryl developed a deep appreciation for the invaluable contribution of immigrants in fostering cross-cultural understanding and invigorating local economies. As an immigration attorney, one Daryl’s professional goals is to help guide international students and local employers through the work visa application process. At the same time, Daryl also strives to help meet the legal needs of under-served populations in Hawai i by taking on immigration-related pro bono cases.