Leon J.C. Davenport, III

Hometown: Willingboro, NJ

Degree: BA, University of Washington, 2006

Why did you choose UH Law?
I wanted to continue my education in a manner that would allow me to continue to grow my roots here in Hawaiʻi.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
I worked for former lieutenant governor and Richardson graduate Duke Aiona.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
With luck, nowhere. I want to stay right here.

Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
Kenneth Lawson, for being at the top of the highest mountain, falling to the lowest valley, and picking himself back up and climbing that mountain again.

Describe your favorite organization and some activities related to that organization. 
The UH Law School Soccer Team offers the ideal way to unwind Friday afternoons. Practices allow me to clear my mind, relax, and play the game I love with my future colleagues.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Find someway to achieve some semblance of balance. Much of your life will revolve around school, but continue to do the things you are passionate about. That will be your touchstone as you move through school.

What surprised you most about UH Law? 
How hard one has to work. You can't roll out of bed and get a B here.

What law school organizations/activities are you involved in?   
Black Law Students Organization (BLSA), Filipino Law Students Association (FLSA), and UH Law Soccer. I also play Lawyers League Basketball with my classmates, and we play practicing lawyers in the community.

What do you like most about UH Law?
The welcoming community. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed. That's a credit to the administration, the faculty, and the community.

How would you describe your classmates?
Driven, yet friendly.


Students Speak

  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • Keep the balance and communication open with your loved ones. You'll hear this 1000 times but it really is important.”
  • I chose UH Law because I wanted to experience studying in Hawaiʻi, and I learned that the School has an excellent Environmental Law program. My graduate degree fellowship with the East-West Center is also tied with enrollment at UH.”
  • It's the total package for me. I am able to attend law school at home, be around my family and friends, watch my nephew grow, dance hula, and be a part of a really special community at Richardson.”
  • The UH Law community exemplifies the Hawaiian word “ohana.” Students, faculty, and other staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is no aggressive competition between the students, and the professors are welcoming and accessible.”
  • When I'm not in class, I can most likely be found in the library, it's the best place to study that I know. However if I'm not on campus, I'm usually spending time with friends or family around town, especially trying out the latest restaurants!”
  • I would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • I knew my family and I would be happy here, and I've always wanted to live in Hawaiʻi. I was also attracted by WSRSL's small size compared to other Tier One law schools.”
  • A highlight for me was volunteering to be a bailiff at the Susan B. McKay competition. I saw upperclassman compete orally in front of real lawyers and judges from our community. I was amazed at the professionalism and skill that the competitors showed.”
  • There is a feeling of being one family. Everyone is working to help us to succeed.”