William S. Richardson School of Law
|William S. Richardson
School of Law
|Motto||Ma luna aʻe o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Hawaiian)
Above all nations is humanity
|Parent school||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Location||Honolulu, HI, United States
|ABA profile||William S. Richardson School of Law Profile|
The University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law is a public law school located in the U.S. state of Hawaii in Honolulu. Named after its patriarch, former Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, a zealous advocate of Hawaiian culture, it is the state's only law school.
Recognizing its importance to Hawaii and embracing the state's unique social and cultural values, Richardson's mission is to be "a collaborative, multicultural community preparing students for excellence in the practice of law and related careers that advance justice and the rule of law." To this end, Richardson also augments its regime of legal studies by placing special emphasis on fields of law of particular importance to Hawaii and the surrounding Pacific and Asian region, including Native Hawaiian Law, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies, Environmental Law, and maritime law.
A member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the school is accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA). It offers a Juris Doctor, with certificates available in Native Hawaiian Law, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies, and Environmental Law, with students able to matriculate either full-time or part-time. It also offers a LLM.
In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Richardson amongst the nation's top law schools at 80th. Richardson's part-time program was ranked 29th. Notably, Richardson is the smallest law school ranked in the top tier.
According to the University of Hawaii’s 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 50.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
- 1 William S. Richardson
- 2 Employment
- 3 Costs
- 4 Ethos
- 5 Historical timeline
- 6 Rankings
- 7 Academics
- 8 Institutes, programs & centers
- 9 Scholarly publications
- 10 Visiting tribunals & jurist-in-residence programs
- 11 Faculty
- 12 Students
- 13 Student organizations
- 14 Moot Court teams
- 15 Law school traditions
- 16 Notable alumni
- 17 External links
- 18 References
William S. Richardson
A former Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice, William S. Richardson, the school's patriarch, was known for his fierce advocacy of Hawaiian culture, departing from western legal tradition to shape the state's emerging canon of law to reflect its own unique customs via numerous landmark decisions.
The establishment of the Law School in 1973, was widely considered Richardson's crowning career achievement. For many years, he had pressed the Hawaii State Legislature for its creation, arguing that the state would benefit by providing a legal education for its residents that enveloped its cultural customs—because they had the greatest stake in constructing the state's legal traditions going forward as such. At his retirement, the Law School was named in his honor.
According to the University of Hawaii’s official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 50.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. The University of Hawaii's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 25%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. .
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the University of Hawaii for the 2014-2015 academic year is $37,934 for residents of HI and $57,662 for non-residents. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $135,422 for residents and $211,473 for non-residents. 
The spirit of Richardson's culture as a community devoted to the study of law is manifested in Kānāwai Māmalahoe, the fundamental precept of Hawaiian law.
Originating in a royal edict by King Kamehameha I in 1797, galvanizing the Kingdom of Hawai'i’s legal system, Kānāwai Māmalahoe, or Law of the Splintered Paddle, was enshrined later in the Hawaii State Constitution, Article 9, Section 10.
According to Hawaiian legend, Kānāwai Māmalahoe was declared by King Kamehameha after an incident where he chased two fishermen who were fishing illegally, when he caught his leg in the reef, and one of the fisherman, Kaleleiki, hit him mightily on the head with a paddle in defense, which broke into pieces. Luckily, Kamehameha was able to escape. Years later, Kamehameha held, when the same fisherman was brought before him to account for the incident, that in the interest of justice he should be released, as he had only been searching for food for his family.
Reflecting Kānāwai Māmalahoe, Richardson’s maintains a “commitment . . . to a collaborative community that is deeply committed to the . . . pursuit of social and economic justice” for all. Reflecting this commitment, Richardson's unofficial logo is Kaleleiki, the fisherman.
- 1968- The Hawaii State Legislature established the William S. Richardson School of Law.
- 1973- Richardson welcomed its first class, including 53 students.
- 1972- David Hood appointed Dean.
- 1974- The American Bar Association granted William S. Richardson School of Law provisional accreditation.
- 1976- Jerome Dupont appointed Acting Dean.
- 1977- Cliff Thompson appointed Dean.
- 1978- Richardson holds first Ete Bowl.
- 1979- University of Hawaii Law Review Created.
- 1981- Richard Miller appointed Dean.
- 1982- The American Bar Association granted William S. Richardson School of Law full accreditation.
- 1982- Richardson sends first Moot Court Team to competition.
- 1983- William S. Richardson School of Law moved into new facilities on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
- 1983- Richardson Law Library opens.
- 1983- Pacific-Asian Legal Studies program begins.
- 1985- Jeremy Harrison appointed Dean.
- 1985- Student Bar Association Formed.
- 1987- Richardson joins United States Supreme Court Jurists-In-Residence Program
- 1991- Elder Law Program formed.
- 1992- Environmental Law Certificate established.
- 1995- Lawrence Foster appointed Dean.
- 1995- Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Certificate established.
- 2002- Law Student Pledge adopted.
- 2005- Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law established through a Native Hawaiian Education Act grant.
- 2005- Hawaii Innocence Project established.
- 2008- Richardson established a part-time evening law program.
- 2009- Richardson received a grant from SBS Media Holdings in Seoul, South Korea in the amount of $200,000 to establish a Korean Law Faculty Fund.
- 2011- Professor Jon Van Dyke died.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked Richardson 80th amongst the nation's top law schools. Richardson's Part-time program was ranked 29th. Notably, Richardson is the nation's smallest law school ranked in the top tier.
- The Princeton Review ranked Richardson one of the most diverse national law schools. It ranked Richardson's faculty as the third most diverse, while Richardson was ranked "Best Environment for Minority Students."
- The Princeton Review ranked Richardson the fifth "Most Chosen by Older Law Students."
- The National Law Journal ranked Richardson as one of the most diverse national law schools, both in terms of faculty and students.
- Nxtbook ranked Richardson 12th amongst the nation's top law school, in terms of number of externships available relative to students.
Richardson offers a Juris Doctor (JD), with certificates available in Native Hawaiian Law, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies, and Environmental Law, with students able to matriculate either full-time or part-time.
Advanced Juris Doctor & LLM
Richardson also offers an Advanced Juris Doctor, offering advanced standing to foreign-trained students, allowing them to earn the Juris Doctor degree in less time, by applying their foreign legal training. It also offers a LLM.
Dual Juris Doctor programs
According to Richardson, its Juris Doctor students most commonly pursue the following dual degrees:
Joint Juris Doctor programs
Institutes, programs & centers
- The Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law was established in June 2006 by the Law School. The Institute's goal is to become the premier academic center for research and training in the rapidly growing field of business law in Asia and the Pacific. The Institute focuses on areas of great importance to Asia and Hawaii, including commercial law, insolvency and secured transactions, corporate law and business transactions, securities, intellectual property, real estate financing, and labor law issues. The Institute's activities facilitate direct exchanges between the academic, legal, and business communities in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. To date, the Institute has organized three international symposia. The Inaugural Symposium was held in Hawaii in April 2007, and two symposia were held in Hong Kong, in October 2007 and March 2008.
- The Hammurabi Legal Forum for the Rule of Law (HLF) was established in 2008 at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law to aid law schools in Iraq re-invigorate the country's rich tradition of scholarship. By providing an easily accessible online database of free legal resources, HLF originally sought to provide information on issues that are important to Iraq and the Iraqi legal community. In 2009, the HLF expanded its efforts to assist Rule of Law activities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In 2010, HLF further expanded its research to incorporate additional regions of the globe, including Afghanistan and the Pacific Region, with a special focus on Timor-Leste.
- The Hawaii Innocence Project’s mission is to provide pro bono representation to incarcerated persons who have a credible claim of actual innocence and desire to appeal their conviction.
- Operating throughout the year, UHELP provides Hawaii's elder community basic legal assistance, advice and information. UHELP has a professor/attorney, a program administrator/legal assistant and several student law clerks.
- Established in 2005 through a Native Hawaiian Education Act grant, the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law is an academic center that promotes education, scholarship, community outreach and collaboration on issues of law, culture and justice for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific and Indigenous peoples. Ka Huli Ao focuses on education, research and scholarship, community outreach, and the preservation of invaluable historical, legal, and traditional and customary materials. It also offers new courses and supports Native Hawaiian and other law students as they pursue legal careers and leadership roles.
- The Health Law Policy Center aims to 1) to conduct and disseminate research on health law policy aimed at improving health care access in Hawaii; 2) to serve as a focus for multidisciplinary research, teaching, and discourse on health law and policy in the context of Hawaii; and 3) to bring community leaders, health care policymakers, and multidisciplinary faculty members and students together to study, examine, and devise solutions to health care shortages and other barriers to access in Hawaii’s rural, impoverished, or otherwise underserved communities.
University of Hawaii Law Review
The University of Hawaii Law Review is a scholarly legal journal run by students that publishes works authored by distinguished jurists, scholars and practitioners, covering diverse areas of the law. In addition to publishing two issues annually, the University of Hawaii Law Review hosts a biennial symposium that brings together the legal community to discuss relevant legal issues.
Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal
The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (APLPJ) is a biannual scholarly legal journal covering issues in Pacific-Asian law. The journal aspires to disseminate legal research by law professors, legal practitioners, social scientists and economists, and students to increase awareness of issues of regional concern. In addition to its web format, the journal is available through the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Visiting tribunals & jurist-in-residence programs
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit & Hawaii Supreme Court
Each year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sits specially at the school to hear some appeals from the United States District Court for the Districts of Hawaii and Guam. The Hawaii Supreme Court also sits regularly.
Bright International Jurist-in-Residence Program
Started in 2007, under the tutelage of Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, Myron H Bright, the Bright International Jurist-in-Residence program hosts international jurists to facilitate dialogue with the wider community and the school's faculty and staff.
|2007||Israel Supreme Court||Judge Aharon Barak|
|2010||International Court of Justice, The Hague||His Excellency President Hisashi Owada|
U.S. Supreme Court Jurist-in-Residence Program
Instituted in 1987, with the support of Myron H. Bright, a Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, Richardson has a U.S. Supreme Court Jurist-In-Residence Program. Biannually, a visiting U.S. Supreme Court Justice presents seminars on current judicial issues as well as teaches classes. Since 2000, a Honolulu law firm, Case Lombardi & Pettit, has provided sponsorship for the program.
|Year||Visiting US Supreme Court Justice|
|2014||Justice Antonin Scalia|
|2012||Justice Sonia Sotomayor|
|2011||Justice Samuel Alito|
|2008||Justice Stephen Breyer|
|2006||Justice Anthony Kennedy|
|2004||Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg|
|2002||Justice Anthony Kennedy|
|2000||Justice Antonin Scalia|
|1998||Justice Anthony Kennedy|
|1996||Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg|
|1994||Justice John Paul Stevens|
|1992||Justice Byron White|
|1990||Justice John Paul Stevens|
|1987||Justice John Paul Stevens|
Endowed professorship & faculty chairs
Through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Foundation, Richardson has been endowed with several professorships and faculty chairs.
- Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law
- Dan & Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair In Democratic Ideas
- Fred T. Korematsu Professorship In Law and Social Justice
- George J Johnson Visiting Professor Endowment
- Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law
- Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
- Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar Fund
- SBS Holdings Co. Korean Faculty Fund
In 2013,The Princeton Review ranked the Richardson Faculty as the third "Most Diverse Faculty." And, in 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 3rdth of 190 Law Schools for "Smallest Faculty-Student Ratio". The faculty is specialized in an array of legal areas.
- Current notable faculty
- Tae-Ung Baik, Former Korean Prisoner of Conscience, Specialist in International Human Rights Law and Korean Law
- Randall Roth
- Eric Yamamoto, Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice, Namesake of the Nationwide Consortium of Asian Pacific American Lawyer's "Professor Eric Y. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award," best known for his work on racial justice, including redress and reconciliation
- Mari Matsuda, Activist Legal Scholar, Lawyer, First Tenured Female Asian-American Law Professor
- Richard W. Pollack
- Aviam Soifer, Constitutional Law Scholar, Former Dean of Boston College Law School
- Former faculty
- Chris Iijima, Legal Scholar, Asian-American Civil Rights Activist, Folk Singer (Deceased)
- Jon Van Dyke, Constitutional Law Scholar, Lawyer, Activist (Deceased)
Admission to Richardson is highly selective, and the caliber of the student body reflects this. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 25th of 190 Law Schools for "Most Selective". In addition, Richardson is recognized for its highly diverse student body. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 1st of 190 Law Schools for "Diversity Index," while Princeton Review ranked it "Best Environment for Minority Students."
Law student pledge
Adopted in 2002 as an aspirational reflection of Kānāwai Māmalahoe, all Richardson students recite the Law Student Pledge, written by late Professor Chris Iijima, before a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice during a special ceremony before they begin their legal education.
The Pledge is:
- In the study of law, I will conscientiously prepare myself;
- To advance the interests of those I serve before my own,
- To approach my responsibilities and colleagues with integrity, professionalism, and civility,
- To guard zealously legal, civil and human rights which are the birthright of all people,
- And, above all,
- To endeavor always to seek justice.
- This I do pledge.
Richardson sponsors numerous student organizations, including:
- 'Ahahui O Hawai'i
- Advocates For Public Interest Law (APIL)
- American Inns of Court (The Hon. James S. Burns Aloha Chapter of the Inns of Court)
- American Bar Association-Student Chapter
- Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
- Christian Legal Society (CLS)
- Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity (DTP)
- Environmental Law Society (ELS)
- Federalist Society
- Filipino Law School Association (FLSA)
- Hammurabi Legal Forum
- Hawaii Women's Lawyers
- La Alianza
- Lambda Law Student Association
- Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization (PALSO)
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
- Richardson Golf Association
- Running Group
- Self Defense Club
- Soccer Club
- Street Law
- Student Animal League Defense Fund (SALDF)
- Student Bar Association (SBA)
- Students With Keiki
- Sustainable Richardson
- TED Richardson
Moot Court teams
In addition, Richardson fields a competitive Client Counseling Team.
Moot court teams
- Environmental Moot Court Team
- Hispanic Moot Court Team
- Saul Lefkowtiz Intellectual Property Moot Court Team
- International Environmental Moot Court Team
- International Negotiations Team
- Mock Trial Team
- Native American Moot Court Team
- Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team
- Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Team
- Space Law Moot Court Team
Law school traditions
A list of some of Richardson's traditions:
- Student Pledge
- Adopted in 2002 as an aspirational reflection of Kānāwai Māmalahoe, all Richardson students recite the Law Student Pledge, written by late Professor Chris Iijima, before a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice during a special ceremony before they begin their legal education.
- Ete Bowl
- Starting in 1978, Richardson--in a tradition that promotes school spirit and camaraderie amongst students--holds a yearly alumnae v. female law students flag football game. The Alumnae ("Bruzers") and UH Law Student ("Etes") teams are composed entirely of female students, while cheerleaders are composed of male students dressed in drag.
- Stew Day
- Begun by Professor Calvin Pang, every year on Stew Day, the Richardson Faculty dress up in goofy hats and aprons and serve a stew lunch to the students. Recently added to Stew Day, Professor Pang orchestrated the “Red Socks Award” – in honor of Dean Aviam Soifer, a Boston Red Sox Fan. However, the Award is not intended to celebrate the Red Sox rather stories of heroism and inspiration. Students submit stories about classmates who have extended themselves in ways that inspire others.
- Colleen Hanabusa, US Congressional Representative
- Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii
- John D. Waihee III, Former Hawaii Governor
- James Aiona, Former Hawaii Lieutenant Governor
- Earl I. Anzai, Former Hawaii State Attorney General
- Brian Taniguchi, Hawaii State Senator
- Dwight Takamine, Hawaii State Senator
- Blake Oshiro, Majority Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
- Quentin Kawānanakoa, Minority Leader Hawaii, House of Representatives
- Della Au Belatti, Hawaii House of Representatives
- Sharon Har, Hawaii House of Representatives
- Scott Nishimoto, Hawaii House of Representatives
- Maile Shimabukuro, Hawaii House of Representatives
- Kirk Caldwell, Former Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii
- Billy Kenoi, Mayor of Hawaii Island
- Sabrina McKenna, Hawaii Supreme Court Justice, Lawyer
- University of Hawaii at Mānoa
- William S. Richardson School of Law
- William S. Richardson Law Library
- University of Hawaii Law Review
- Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal
- Ka Huli Ao Center For Excellence In Native Hawaiian Law
- Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program
- Environmental Law Program
- Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL)
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