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UH hires law firm to help prepare for Senate hearing on concert

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 2:25 p.m. HST, Sep 20, 2012

The University of Hawaii has retained Honolulu attorney Robert S. Katz and his firm, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, to help prepare for Monday's state Senate hearing, the school confirmed today.

Katz specializes in employment law and has more than 40 years experience, according to the firm's website.

A UH spokeswoman said she was not immediately able to say how much the firm is being paid.

She said Katz and his firm have been retained "for a fairly wide scope of services" relating to the hearing.

The State Senate Special Committee on Accountability has asked at least five UH figures, including Board of Regents chairman Eric Martinson, and school president M.R C. Greenwood to appear at Monday's hearing regarding the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco and other operations. A followup hearing is tentatively set for Oct. 2.

In July, UH officials canceled the ill-fated Aug. 18 Wonder concert, which was supposed to be a benefit for UH athletics. They revealed that $200,000 of UH money was missing after being wired to a Florida company as a deposit to secure the concert. UH officials say they apparently were victims of fraud.

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