William S. Richardson
School of Law
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MottoMa luna aʻe o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Hawaiian)
Above all nations is humanity
Parent schoolUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Established1973
School typePublic
DeanCamille A. Nelson
LocationHonolulu, HI, United States
21°17′47″N 157°49′05″W / 21.29639°N 157.81806°W / 21.29639; -157.81806Coordinates: 21°17′47″N 157°49′05″W / 21.29639°N 157.81806°W / 21.29639; -157.81806
Enrollment257
Faculty52
USNWR ranking96th (2021)
Websitehttp://www.law.hawaii.edu/
ABA profileWilliam S. Richardson School of Law Profile
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The William S. Richardson School of Law is the professional graduate law school of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the school is named after its patriarch, former Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, a zealous advocate of Hawaiian culture,[1] and is Hawaii's only law school.[2]

Richardson's regime of legal studies places 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.[3]

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).[4] 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 an Advanced Juris Doctor, for foreign students who have earned a law degree abroad, and a LLM.

For 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Richardson 96th among American law schools.[5] Richardson's part-time program was ranked 30th.[6]

William S. Richardson

Main article: William S. Richardson

The establishment of the Law School in 1973, was considered the achievement of former Hawaii State Supreme Court Chief Justice, William S. Richardson.[2] 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.

Ethos

Main article: Kānāwai Māmalahoe

Kānāwai Māmalahoe, on a plaque under the Kamehameha Statues.
Kānāwai Māmalahoe, on a plaque under the Kamehameha Statues.

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.[7]

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, when the same fisherman was brought before him to account for the incident, Kamehameha held that in the interest of justice he should be released, as he had only been searching for food for his family.[7]

Reflecting Kānāwai Māmalahoe, the school maintains a "commitment... to a collaborative community that is deeply committed to the... pursuit of social and economic justice" for all.[8] Reflecting this commitment, its unofficial logo is Kaleleiki, the fisherman.

Historical timeline

1970s

University of Hawaii at Mānoa Campus With The William S. Richardson School of Law Library In Background
University of Hawaii at Mānoa Campus With The William S. Richardson School of Law Library In Background

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Rankings

2016

Employment

According to Richardson'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.[17] Richardson's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 10.2%, indicating the percentage of the class of 2017 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a short-term, part-time, or non-professional job nine months after graduation.[18] It is unclear whether the Law School's above-average clerkship placement rate for new graduates is reflected in these numbers.[19]

Costs

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the Richardson School of Law for the 2014–2015 academic year is $37,934 for Hawaii residents and $57,662 for non-residents.[20] Law School Transparency has estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $166,060 for residents and $261,639 for non-residents in 2017.[21] In July 2016, Richardson was ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report among American law schools whose alumni have the least debt, at an average of $54,988 for the Class of 2015.[22]

The William S. Richardson School of Law Library
The William S. Richardson School of Law Library

Institutes, programs & centers

Institutes

Programs

University of Hawaii Elder Law Program (UHELP): Operating throughout the year, UHELP provides Hawaii's elder community basic legal assistance, advice and information.[28][29]

Centers

Scholarly publications

University of Hawaii Law Review

The University of Hawaii Law Review is a scholarly legal journal run by students that publishes works by jurists, scholars and practitioners. It publishes two issues annually, and hosts a biennial symposium.

Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal

The Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journalis a biannual peer-reviewed open-access law journal published by the school. It covers issues facing Asia and the Pacific Rim. The journal was established in February 2000, with Jim Hitchingham as editor-in-chief and with assistance and support from Lawrence Foster, Dean of the law school, and professors Ronald Brown and Mark Levin. In addition to its web format, the journal is available through the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw.[34]

Visiting tribunals & jurist-in-residence programs

Visiting tribunals

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.[35][36] The Hawaii Supreme Court also sits regularly.[37][38]

Jurist-in-residence programs

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.

In 2007, Israel Supreme Court judge Aharon Barak was the visiting scholar. In 2010, the president of the International Court of Justice Hisashi Owada served as visiting scholar.[39]

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.[40]

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Teaching Richardson Civil Procedure Class, 2011
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Teaching Richardson Civil Procedure Class, 2011

Faculty

Endowed professorship & faculty chairs

Through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Foundation, Richardson has been endowed with several professorships and faculty chairs.

Notable faculty

In 2013,The Princeton Review ranked the Richardson faculty as the third "Most Diverse Faculty."[47] And, in 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 3rd of 190 Law Schools for "Smallest Faculty-Student Ratio".[48] The faculty is specialized in an array of legal areas.

Current notable faculty:

Former faculty

Students

Student body

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,"[52] while Princeton Review ranked it "Best Environment for Minority Students."[53]

Law student pledge

Adopted in 2002 as an aspirational reflection of Kānāwai Māmalahoe, all Richardson students recite the William S. Richardson School of Law 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.

Richardson Students Reciting Law Student Pledge At Hawaii Supreme Court
Richardson Students Reciting Law Student Pledge At Hawaii Supreme Court

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.

Student organizations

Richardson sponsors numerous student organizations, including:[54]

The Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization's (PALSO) Annual Lunar New Year Party. PALSO is one of the school's biggest student organizations
The Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization's (PALSO) Annual Lunar New Year Party. PALSO is one of the school's biggest student organizations

Moot Court teams

Richardson Students Competing At The 2012 Native American Law Student Association Competition Finals At Hawaii Supreme Court in Honolulu
Richardson Students Competing At The 2012 Native American Law Student Association Competition Finals At Hawaii Supreme Court in Honolulu

Richardson fields Moot Court teams, composed of students, in competitions across many legal areas.[56] In addition, Richardson fields a competitive Client Counseling Team.

Moot court teams

Law school traditions

Ete Bowl Football Teams
Ete Bowl Football Teams

A list of some of Richardson's traditions:

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.
Stew Day
Stew Day
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.[57][58] 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.[59]
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.[60] Recently added to Stew Day, Professor Pang orchestrated the "Red Socks Award" – in honor of Dean Aviam Soifer, a Boston Red Sox Fan. H

Notable alumni

Politics

Judiciary

Academia

Crime

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