Randall W. Roth
- Professor of Law
- Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award
- Robert W. Clopton Distinguished Community Service Award
- Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar
- BS summa cum laude Regis College 1970
- JD University of Denver 1974
- LLM University of Miami 1975
Professor Roth specializes in professional responsibility, trusts and estates, federal taxation, and nonprofit organizations. He has served as President of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association, Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation, Hawaiʻi Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Hawaiʻi Estate Planning Council, and as Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law (Third) Trusts project of the American Law Institute.
Roth has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin, and has made presentations at dozens of other law schools, including Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Duke, UCLA and UC-Berkeley. He has been named Professor of the Year at three different law schools and given UH-Manoa’s highest awards for teaching excellence and for community service. In 2000 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin included him on its list of “100 Who Made a Difference in Hawaiʻi During the Twentieth Century,” and in 2005 the City of Honolulu’s Centennial Celebration Committee put him on its list of “100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During the City of Honolulu’s First 100 Years.”
Roth was named Civic Leader of the Year in 1993 and again in 1997, and in 2009 he received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda award from Morehouse College for pursuit of social justice.
A fun fact about Randy is that he served as a script consultant for the movie, The Descendants, which won the Academy Award in 2012 for best screenplay. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other major publications described Roth’s involvement and commented favorably on the script’s skillful treatment of complicated legal issues.
See Personal Biographical Sketch of Professor Roth.
- DECONSTRUCTING THE DESCENDANTS: HOW GEORGE CLOONEY ENNOBLED OLD HAWAIIAN TRUSTS AND MADE THE RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES SEXY, presented at the American College of Trust and Estate Council Annual Meeting, March 7, 2013 (accepted for publication in the Fall 2013 issue of Real Property, Trusts and Estates Law Journal).
- AVOIDING ETHICAL DILEMMAS AND MALPRACTICE NIGHTMARES WHILE ENGAGED IN THE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY OF WEALTH PLANNING, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, April 25, 2013.
- TRUST AND ESTATE LITIGATION, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, April 26, 2013.
- PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN PARADISE: SELECTED ISSUES FROM THE BISHOP ESTATE CONTROVERSY, American College of Trust and Estate Council Annual Meeting, March 6, 2013.
- CREATIVE ESTATE PLANNING FOR 2012 AND BEYOND, a continuing legal education manual published by various state bar associations and state CPA societies (pdf), 182 pages (2012).
- RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW THIRD—TRUSTS, Volume 4, Sections 93 to 110 (American Law Institute)(2012)(Halbach, Reporter; Roth & Gallanis, Associate Reporters).
- RESTATEMENT OF THE LAW THIRD—TRUSTS, Volume 3, Sections 70 to 92 (American Law Institute)(2007)(Halbach, Reporter; Roth & Pennell, Associate Reporters).
- BROKEN TRUST: GREED MISMANAGEMENT & POLITICAL MANIPULATION AT AMERICA'S LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUST (with Samuel P. King) (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2006), three awards from the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association in 2007, including "Book of the Year." See Broken Trust Website for reviews and background information about the book.
- THE PRICE OF PARADISE: LUCKY WE LIVE HAWAII? (Editor and contributing author), Mutual Publishing (1992); Bestseller in the Hawaiiana category for 1992 and again for 1993.
- THE PRICE OF PARADISE VOLUME II (Editor and contributing author), Mutual Publishing (1993); Bestseller in the Hawaiiana category for 1993; Finalist for Excellence in Non-Fiction Writing Award from Hawaii Book Publishers Association in 1994.
- A Japanese version of The Price of Paradise volumes was published in 1995 by Yushindo-Kobunsha Publishing Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. (ペーパーバック) より 洋書: 点の全新品/中古商品を見る 全35商品を見る
Beginning in 1977 Professor Roth authored or co-authored 13 continuing education manuals, served as editor-in-chief of the HICLE Encyclopedia of Financial and Estate Planning, and made more than 750 presentations to professional groups in 43 states. State bar associations and state CPA societies sold more than 25,000 copies of his publications, such as “Creative Estate Planning for 2012 and Beyond,” “Timely Income Tax Planning Ideas and Developments,” “Innovative Income Tax Planning,” “Shifting Income from a High to Low Bracket,” “Advanced Corporate Taxation and Tax Planning” and “Advanced Partnership Taxation and Tax Planning.”
Recent Chapters & Articles
- How the City Misled the Public on Elevated Heavy Rail, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Aug. 21, 2011, p. F1 (with Walter Heen, Benjamin Cayetano, and Cliff Slater).
- Managed lanes would be superior to elevated rail, PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS, June 22, 2012 (with John Brizdle).
- Rail Robbery, HONOLULU WEEKLY, June 20, 2012 (with Walter Heen and Cliff Slater).
- City Rail Project is Fundamentally Flawed, HAWAII REPORTER, Mar. 27, 2012 (with Walter Heen and Cliff Slater).
- Job Numbers Don't Add Up, HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, Oct. 20, 2011 (with Walter Heen, Benjamin Cayetano, and Cliff Slater).
- Comparison of the Domestic Asset Protection Trust Statutes, Chapter on Hawaii Law in American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel Study, edited by David G. Shaftel, 2012 (with John G. Roth).
- Eulogy for Samuel P. King, 14 HAW. B.J. 9 (2011).
- Hindsight Bias and the Curse of Knowledge, 139 ABA TRUST & INVESTMENTS 30 (Jan.-Feb. 2011).
- Hawaii Estate Planning Formbook, Chapter 11 on Irrevocable Trusts and Chapter 12 on Charitable Remainder Trusts, Hawaii State Bar Association (2012).
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Is China’s Trust the Fairest of All?, JOTWELL, Oct. 25, 2010 Review of Frances Foster’s article, American Trust Law in a Chinese Mirror, 94 MINN. L. REV. 602 (2010).
- Liability Issues for Lawyers and Other Fiduciaries, 44 U. Miami Heckerling Inst. on Est. Plan., Ch. 16 (2010).
- Public Education in Hawaiʻi: Past, Present & Future, 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission Proceedings and UH College of Education Amioka Lecture (2010).
- Catholic Parents Proud of Gay Son, commentary appearing in Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and Hawaii Filipino Chronicles (2010)(with Susie Roth).
- The Queen's Estate, 13 HAW. B.J. 9 (May 2009) (reprinted by THE HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, May 17 and May 18, 2009) (with Samuel P. King and Walter M. Heen).
- Politics in Hawaii: Is Something Broken?, HONOLULU MAGAZINE, Vol. ILII, No. 11, p. 46 (2008).
- Erosion of Trust, 93 A.B.A. 48 (2007) (with Samuel P. King).
In addition to the honors indicated above, Professor Roth was named International Member of the Year (1995) by Lambda Alpha International (an honorary land economics society), Communicator of the Year (1995) by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and he has received the Hawaiʻi Press Club's Newsmaker Award (2004), Hawaiʻi Pacific University's Fellow of the Pacific Award (2004), Grassroot Institute's George Washington Award for Civic Engagement (2006); and he has given the commencement address at the University of Hawai`i (1994) and Hawai`i Pacific University (2004), the Amioka Endowed Lecture (2010), and keynote address at the Red Mass for the Diocese of Honolulu (2003). In the last several years he has made invited presentations at each of the following law schools: Alabama, Baltimore, Boston College, Boston University, Catholic, Chicago-Kent, Columbia, Denver, Duke, George Mason, Georgia State, Golden Gate, Harvard, Howard, Loyola-Chicago, Marquette, Maryland, McGeorge, Michigan State, New England, North Carolina, NYU, St. Louis, San Diego, Santa Clara, South Carolina, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, UC-Hastings, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washburn, Washington in St. Louis, and Wisconsin. His work on the Broken Trust essay was included on Honolulu Magazine’s list of 50 “turning points” in Hawaiʻi’s history since Statehood (2009) and the University of Hawai‘i Malamalama list of 100 ways the University of Hawai‘i has made a difference during its first 100 years (2008). The ABA Banking Journal included Broken Trust on its list of Books Bankers Live By (2009).