Legislature Recognizes UH Law School’s 40th Anniversary in Ceremonies at State Capitol

February 18, 2014

Both the Hawai‘i Senate and House of Representatives presented Richardson Law School Dean Avi Soifer with certificates of recognition Friday honoring the Law School on its 40th Anniversary.

The certificates were presented in brief ceremonies by Sen. Brian Taniguchi for the Senate and Rep. Linda Ichiyama for the House. Each is a graduate of the UH Law School.

In remarks to the Senate during his presentation, Taniguchi recalled some of those early years at the Law School, including being “serenaded by pile-driving” by work in preparation for the UH swimming pool. He was a member of the third graduating class in 1978.

Taniguchi also gave homage to the school’s namesake, Chief Justice William S. Richardson, saying: “CJ Richardson believed all qualified residents of Hawai‘i should have the option of an excellent legal education.”

The Hawai‘i Supreme Court’s current Chief Justice, Mark Recktenwald, was in the gallery and joined Soifer for photos with legislators after being recognized with a number of Law School staff members.