M. Casey Leigh

Retired
  • Professor of Law

Degrees

  • BA magna cum laude Barry University 1971
  • MS Florida International University 1974
  • JD University of Mississippi 1981
  • LLM University of Washington 1985

Professor Leigh came from the University of Mississippi, where she was Director of the Coastal and Marine Resources Program, to join the School of Law faculty in 1987. She was the founder and first director of the School’s Environmental Law Program (ELP). She co-advises the Environmental Law Society and the Environmental Law Moot Court Team with Professor Denise Antolini, the current director of the ELP.

Professor Leigh is co-editor of two books designed to empower native Hawaiian communities to more effectively participate in state environmental decision-making. In 2002, she produced a video, CD, and workbook on lawyering skills for community members who represent themselves at quasi-judicial hearings of administrative agencies and ran educational workshops throughout the state.

In 1999 the Hawai`i Women Lawyers honored her with their prestigious President's Award. She chaired the Environmental Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools in 1998. In June of 2002, Professor Leigh completed eight years of service with the state Land Use Commission. From 2006-2008 she took government leave to serve as County Clerk for the Hawai`i County Council and Chief Elections Officer for the County. She was recently appointed by the Mayor of Hawai`i County to the Charter Commission, a body tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the county’s Charter, which is its basic governing document. She does pro bono work for Volunteer Legal Services Hawai`i and has won several awards for her volunteer service. She has also established various multi-media public education programs for the Clerk’s office.

Professor Leigh is an interisland commuter, calling the Volcano area of the Big Island her home where she and her significant other live in the surroundings of native rainforest, a few short miles from the most active Volcano in the world, Kilauea.