Steve Olivera

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Degree: BA, History, UCLA 2001

Why did you choose UH Law?
I chose it because Hawaiʻi's quality of life is unmatched. 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.

What were you doing before you started Law School?
I worked as a Search and Rescue and Environmental Response specialist in Guam and the surrounding Micronesian region.

Where are you headed after you graduate?
To work, hopefully in Hawaiʻi.

Describe UH Law in three words.
Comfortable. Challenging. Exciting.

What surprised you most about the UH Law?
The openness and friendliness of staff and professors.

Where can we find you when you’re not in class?
Spending time with family and friends in the ocean or mountains or otherwise taking advantage of my spectacular surroundings.

How would you describe your classmates?
Friendly, enthusiastic and motivated. Many share similar interests and a similar outlook on life.

Students Speak

  • I think I would like to end up in the court room as a litigator. But who knows, I learn something new every day. There's no telling what will spark my interest next.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • I would describe my law school classmates as “social characters.” Everyone came to this law school from many different places, financial backgrounds, and ethnicities.”
  • 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.”
  • 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 chose UH because they offer a specialization in Criminal law. The other reason is the fact that I wanted to live in Hawai'i.”
  • 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.”