Aitofele B. Sunia

Hometown: Utulei, Amerika Sāmoa

Degree: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, BA English

Why did you choose UH Law?
I chose UH Law because it is close to home.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
Before I started Law School I taught high school English at my alma mater for a few years. After teaching, I worked with the local organization that managed AmeriCorps programs in American Sāmoa.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
After law school, I'll be returning to American Sāmoa.

Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
I'm inspired most by all the Ulu Lehua Scholars and Sāmoan students that came before me.

What have you most appreciated about being an Ulu Lehua Scholar?
Being kept on track and never losing the feeling that a law degree serves a purpose greater than myself.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Don't lose yourself.

Students Speak

  • There is a feeling of being one family. Everyone is working to help us to succeed.”
  • I was under the impression that law school was a ruthless numbers game, but I've seen for myself that even lawyers 40+ years out from Richardson will stop each other on the streets in downtown to reminisce about their time in school.”
  • 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.”
  • UH Law school has not only a good educational program but also diverse cultural environment. I thought I could experience something that I couldn’t get from the Mainland.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • 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!”
  • Professor Linda Hamilton Krieger’s passion to shake up the status quo in the name of justice is contagious. Believe me – after hearing just one of her speeches, you will have the urge to do something great.”
  • Keep the balance and communication open with your loved ones. You'll hear this 1000 times but it really is important.”
  • Hawai‘i is home, and the William S. Richardson School of Law is Hawai‘i’s law school. UH Law School alumni include successful practitioners and valuable contributors to Hawai‘i in a variety of other roles.”
  • What I like most about UH Law is the open access to our Deans and Professors, the variety of programs and events available to us, and the ability to shape the future of not just our careers, but also our law school.”