Faculty & Staff




Lecturer in Law


JD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2010
MA, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2006
AB, Brown University , 2002


Jocelyn began her legal career as a law clerk to two federal judges: the Hon. Nanette K. Laughrey, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, and the Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.  She returned to Hawaiʻi as a deputy with the Department of the Attorney General, State of Hawaiʻi, Education Division.  In this capacity, she largely served as litigation counsel at state administrative hearings and in federal and state courts. She then served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sabrina S. McKenna, Associate Justice of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. 

Currently, Jocelyn serves in the chambers of the Hon. Jill A. Otake, U.S. District Judge for the District of Hawaii, and lectures with Honolulu Community College’s speech department. Her primary legal interests include ERISA, pension and employment, tax, property, and trusts and estates. Jocelyn also has a passion for writing, having served as Editor in Chief of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review.

Outside the law, Jocelyn is a triathlete. Her proudest achievements include competing in the 2016 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona.


  • “Danish Mortgage Regulations—Structure, Evolution, and Crisis Management,” 9 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 371 (2010).
  • Affirmative Action for Whom?—‘Preferences’ Accompanying the Identities of Transnational Minority Adoptees in the United States” (working manuscript).

Research Assistant on the following publications:

  • Peter J. Wiedenbeck, ERISA—Principles of Employee Benefit Law (Oxford 2010).
  • Albert J. Barr, David M. Harris, Michael J. Lockerby, “Litigating a Claim under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act,” American Bar Association 31st Annual Forum on Franchising (2008) (on file with the American Bar Association).
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