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

  • The student body has been gracious and keeps a good balance between academics and social engagements.”
  • 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.”
  • I love that I feel at home on campus. The faculty, administration, staff, and students create an inviting, peaceful environment. Everyone is dedicated to your success. I also get to see rainbows on a weekly basis, don’t need to wear a coat and boots durin”
  • 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.”
  • Be qualified, be prepared, ask if you don't understand, and trust yourself.”
  • American Inns of Court provides law students an opportunity to participate in interactive instruction with local judges and lawyers.”
  • 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.”
  • I chose UH Law because Hawai'i is my home and I plan on staying here to practice. Also, as a Hawaiian, I am interested in Native Hawaiian Rights under the law, thus, the program here allows me to explore this interest in great depth.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”