Law Professors Booth, Krieger, and Roth Named Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholars

November 19, 2012

Three of the William S. Richardson School of Law’s exceptional faculty members
recently were named as the new Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholars – an honor that also will support their scholarly research.

The three scholars are:

  • Linda Hamilton Krieger, an authority in civil rights, employment law, civil procedure and decision-making who heads the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program at the Law School, often described as a national model;
  • Charles Booth, founding director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law and a leading expert on bankruptcy, cross-border insolvency, and commercial law;
  • Randall Roth, a specialist in trusts and estates, tax, and professional responsibility law, and the co-author of Broken Trust, a book much-celebrated for its exposure of the actions of former trustees of the Bishop Estate.

Law Dean Avi Soifer recognized the three faculty members for their outstanding scholarly work, and also noted that generous additional funding from the law firm supports students and vital Law School programs.

Soifer said: “Fittingly, the late Professor Jon Van Dyke was the first Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar and we cannot replace the extraordinary breadth of his achievements. Yet, through Carlsmith Ball’s great generosity, these three outstanding faculty members now will be able to do even more than the impressive work they have already done with the research assistance of some of our very best students.”

Krieger, who worked for 13 years as a legal aid and civil rights lawyer in San Francisco before beginning her teaching career returned to Hawai‘i to join the Richardson Law School faculty in 2007. She is also currently chair of the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission. She has held research fellowships and visiting professorships at the Harvard Law School, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She has published extensively in the areas of disability discrimination, affirmative action, and theories of law and social change. She has been a political activist in the lesbian and gay community and helped to draft state and federal legislation involving sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and the rights of workers affected by mass layoffs.

Booth rejoined the Law School in 2006 after spending 16 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he also served as Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law between 2000 and 2005. His current research examines insolvency law and reform in Hong Kong and China, and the role of asset management companies in Asia generally. He began his legal career in New York where he practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before becoming a member of the Richardson Law School faculty from 1986-89.

 

Roth has received a Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award and the Robert W. Clopton Distinguished Community Service Award. He has served as president of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, the Hawai‘i Justice Foundation the Hawai‘i Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the Hawai‘i Estate Planning Council. In 1993 and again in 1997 Roth was named Civic Leader of the Year and he received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda award from Morehouse College in 2009 for his dedication to the pursuit of social justice. He has been named Professor of the Year at three different law schools and he was included on the list of “100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During the City of Honolulu’s First 100 years” by the City of Honolulu’s Centennial Celebration Committee, honored in part for his work to expose wrong-doing by some former Bishop Estate trustees. In 2006 he published Broken Trust: Greed Mismanagement & Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust, which he wrote with the late Federal Judge Samuel P. King.

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