Celebrating 40 years of William S. Richardson School of Law


Building on the vision of the late Chief Justice William S. Richardson, Hawai‘i’s only Law School welcomed its first class in 1973; and we have had an incredible journey spanning four decades from our beginnings in the UH quarry.

The Law School--renamed the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL) in 1983 in celebration of CJ’s legacy—now is recognized as among the most innovative law schools and as the most diverse law school in the United States. In a multitude of ways, WSRSL has honored our legacy and enriched our varied communities. Our graduates have earned a glowing reputation for legal craftsmanship, high ethical standards, and leadership throughout Hawai’i, across the country, and, literally, around the globe.

The Law School will recall and celebrate our first 40 years throughout this coming academic year, as well as looking forward together to our next chapters.

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        40th Anniversary Kanikapila - April 11, 2014

        All-Class Reunion - September 27, 2013

        Rededication Ceremony - August 26, 2013


40th Anniversary Magazine: Leading the Way (PDF)

40th Anniversary Yearbook (PDF)

Photo Gallery

Celebrating 40 Years of Richardson Law

Alumni Association

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We couldn't have made it to our 40th year as a law school without the support of our dedicated alumni and friends, and your support for the Law School is as important today as it was 40 years ago. Consider making a gift today.


Lyn Flanigan '81

Senior Advisor
(808) 956-9435