Christopher Rasalan Odoca

Hometown: Tamuning, Guam

Degree: B.A. Political Science, Minor in Sociology, University of Southern California

Why did you choose UH Law?
UH Law has a strong Environmental Law Program. After law school, I intend to return to Guam to practice. As Guam rapidly develops in the wake of a large buildup of U.S. military forces on the island, Guam needs more attorneys who are grounded in the field of environmental law to protect the island’s natural resources. UH Law’s Environmental Law Program offers an array of environmental law courses that help prepare me to hit the ground running as best I can, once I am finished with law school.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
Even before law school, I had an amazing opportunity to experience working with the law. As a staffer at the Guam Legislature for Vice-Speaker Benjamin Cruz, I helped research policies and draft a number of bills.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
I will head back home to Guam after I graduate.

Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
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. Dedicated, driven, and inspiring are but a few words that can only begin to describe “Auntie Linda.”

What have you most appreciated about being an Ulu Lehua Scholar?
As an Ulu Lehua Scholar, I have become a part of a smaller family and a strong niche network within the larger UH Law 'ohana.

What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Stay driven. Read "The Buffalo Creek Disaster" by Gerald M. Stern.

Students Speak

  • Entering law school as an Ulu Lehua Scholar was the greatest gift. Our program is a symbol of Richardson’s commitment to social change in Hawai‘i.”
  • I chose UH because they offer a specialization in Criminal law. The other reason is the fact that I wanted to live in Hawai'i.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • I was working at the Al Lawati law firm which provides legal service to Oman Oil in Oman. I had previously practiced law in Iran since 2001.”
  • Law school teaches me valuable skills while constantly presenting challenges which test and try my abilities.”
  • 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.”
  • I chose Richardson because I know I want to live and practice in Hawaii after I finish school. Richardson provides the best opportunity for networking and connecting with the Hawaii legal community.”
  • 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!”