Hometown: Keaʻau, Hawai‘i
Degrees: BA, English and International Studies, Gonzaga University
Why did you choose UH Law?
I chose UH Law because Hawai‘i is my home and I knew that I wanted to practice law here. The small class size and sense of community also drew me to this school.
What were you doing before you started Law School?
Before law school, I was working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia where I taught English to high school students in a rural village in Java.
Where are you headed after you graduate?
After graduation, I hope to be gainfully employed. I would love to work in the environmental or international areas of law but I won’t be too picky fresh out of Law School!
Describe a highlight of your law school experience.
A highlight for me was volunteering to be a bailiff at the Susan B. McKay Intramural Oral Advocacy 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, and how cool under pressure they were. Sometimes, as a law student, it’s easy to get immersed in the books and to forget (or not know at all) what law in action looks like. This competition showed me what I have to look forward to as a law student and a lawyer.
Describe a fellow student or professor or mentor who has inspired you.
I am inspired everyday by my fellow classmates. Many of my classmates juggle school, work, families and other responsibilities. I don’t know how they do it, much less with the grace and good spirits that they exhibit day in and day out. I am constantly in awe of them.
Describe your UH law school experience in 3 words.
Inspiring. Challenging. BUSY.
What advice would you give to an entering law student?
Get involved! Take advantage of the many opportunities offered by clubs and organizations. Everyone is busy, and you can always find an excuse not to get involved in extracurriculars, but some of my most rewarding experiences so far have come from opportunities outside of class.
What surprised you most about UH Law?
There is so much going on! Before Law School, I pictured law students bustling from class to library, doing nothing but studying. A lot of studying does happen, but that’s not the only thing going on. Almost every day there is a meeting, or a panel discussion, or a fundraiser, or a booth set up in the Courtyard giving out information and cookies. The law students at UH are some of the most involved people I’ve met, and the Law School courtyard is always a beautifully chaotic whirlwind of activities.
What do you wish someone had told you before you started law school?
Don’t freak out. It’s hard, but it’s manageable. Many have gone before you. They did it, so can you.
What law school organizations/activities are you involved in?
Ambassadors, Environmental Law Society, Pacific-Asia Law Society, Ete (women's flag football team), and UH Law School Soccer Team
Where can we find you when you're not in class?
Eating at one of the many Oʻahu markets, doing yoga, bundled away in a library carrel during early morning study sessions.
What do you like most about UH Law?
How would you describe your classmates?
Happy and helpful.