James H. Pietsch joined the law school after first having served on active duty in the US Army Medical Service Corps and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and subsequently serving as the directing attorney of the Honolulu Elder Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i. At the law school, he teaches Law, Aging and Medicine, Elder Law Clinic, Advanced Elder Law Clinic, and, in cooperation with the School of Nursing, Health Law: Bioethics. He also holds a joint appointment at the John A. Burns School of Medicine where he specializes in teaching issues at the intersection of law, aging, medicine, bioethics and psychiatry.
Professor Pietsch supervises the University of Hawai’i Elder Law Program (UHELP)(link is external). UHELP provides year-round direct legal services at the law school to socially and economically needy older persons and veterans as well as their caregivers.
From 2007 to 2011 Professor Pietsch volunteered to serve pro bono in Iraq, first as a Special Advisor to the Law and Order Task Force of the Multi-National Force-Iraq and subsequently as a Rule of Law Advisor to the U.S. Embassy Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team and Kurdistan Regional Reconstruction Team.
Professor Pietsch is the American Bar Association (ABA) Advisor to the Uniform Laws Commission Model Veterans Treatment Court Act Drafting Committee and the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel.