Elisabeth Steele Hutchison

  • Director of Admissions
  • Faculty Specialist


  • JD Yale Law School 2003
  • BA magna cum laude Carleton College 1996

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison is the Director of Admission & Special Projects at the William S. Richardson School of Law. In addition to her responsibilities at the Law School, she has taught courses about gender and law in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH). Since 2006, Elisabeth has developed four, traditional, face-to-face courses and two online courses. She has taught more than nineteen classes at UH. Her classes range from large lecture classes with more than 120 students to small writing-intensive classes limited to 20 students. They include:

  • Psychology of Gender - Survey in topics in psychology relevant to gender and its impact on the lives of both women and men;
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality - Survey in topics in psychology relevant to sex and sexuality;
  • Women and Madness - Interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between gender and mental health; and
  • Gender, Justice, & Law - Exploration of Constitutional Law with and the development of American ideas about sex and gender.

Elisabeth graduated from Carleton College in 1996. She served as a Young Alumni Trustee on the Carleton College Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2004.

Elisabeth earned a juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School in 2003, and she began a three-year term as an At-Large Delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni in 2012.

Before moving to Hawai'i, Elisabeth was Special Assistant to Director James Lee Witt of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She held several positions in the Clinton-Gore White House, including Director of Special Projects in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and Legislative Assistant to the Vice President.