Timeline

1966

  • Chief Justice William S. Richardson spearheads drive to start a law school

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1971

  • State Legislature passes law to create a School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i

1972

  • David A. Hood appointed first Dean and Director of Legal Education for State of Hawai‘i

1973

  • School opens in un-air-conditioned wooden buildings in the Quarry
  • Entering class of 53 students pay $85 per semester as residents and $340 as non-residents

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1974

  • American Bar Association grants provisional approval
  • Pre-Admission program begins

1976

  • First class graduates
  • Jerome Dupont appointed Acting Dean

1977

  • Cliff Thompson appointed Dean
  • University of Hawai‘i School of Law Alumni Association founded (Articles of Incorporation of "University of Hawai‘i School of Law Alumni Association" are filed with the State)

1978

  • First Ete Bowl, the annual flag-football game between female law students and alumnae

1979

  • University of Hawaiʻi Law Review created

1980

  • Marvin J. Anderson appointed Interim Dean, Assistant to the Chancellor of the University
  • State Legislature appropriates $10 million for a new law school complex

1981

  • Richard S. Miller appointed Dean

1982

  • American Bar Association fully accredits law school
  • Friends of the William S. Richardson School of Law created
  • School sends first team to National Moot Court Competition

1983

  • Law Library building opened
  • Unveiling.jpgSchool name changed to William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Alumni Association renamed the William S. Richarson School of Law Alumni Association (WSRLAA)
  • School moves into new building at 2515 Dole Street
  • Pacific and Asian Legal Studies (PALS) program approved 
  • Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professorship established 
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan speaks at Tenth Anniversary celebration 

1984

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        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun delivers graduation address

        1985

        • Jeremy T. Harrison appointed Dean
        • School begins three-year exchange of faculty with Hiroshima University
        • Student Bar Association formed
        • Charter Agreement executed under which University of Hawai‘i recognizes the William S. Richarson School of Law Alumni Association as the Law School's official alumni associationJusticeJohnPaulStevens.jpg

        1987

        • Jurists-in-Residence program inaugurated with U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Myron H. Bright; DFS Hawai‘i sponsors the first six programs
        • Former Governor of Massachusetts and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis visits the Law School

        1989

        • MichaelDukakis1987.jpgSchool elected to full membership in the Association of American Law Schools
        • Wayne C. Metcalf ’78 receives the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award

        1990

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens visits as Jurist-in-Residence
        • George M. Johnson Visiting Professorship established

        1991

        • University of Hawai‘i Elder Law Program (UHELP) established through the joint efforts of the Law School, the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i and the City and County of Honolulu Elderly Affairs Division
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        1992

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School
        • School adopts the graduation requirement of 60 hours of pro bono service by each student
        • Certificate in Environmental Law established

        1993

        • School's Jessup International Moot Court Competition Team wins first prize in the United States and second in the world
        • Kent M. Keith, Ph.D. ’77 receives the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

        1994

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School
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        1995

        • Dr. Lawrence C. Foster appointed Dean
        • Professor David Callies appointed inaugural Benjamin A. Kudo Chair of Law
        • Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Certificate established
        • Chief Justice Richardson receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association

        1996

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law Schooljusticekennedy2006.jpg
        • First Alumni Association Annual Dinner and Twentieth Reunion of the class of 1976
        • Inaugural Hawai‘i Summer Session co-sponsored by the Law School and the University of Mississippi School of Law

        1998

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School
        • Celebration of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Law School's Founding at Ala Moana Hotel attended by over 400 people
        • Judy Weightman '81 receives the Alumni Association's first Outstanding Alumni Award; she passes away the same year
        • Davis Levin Livingston Grande and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa sponsor Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Professors Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres
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        1999

        • Law School teams finish first and third in National Native American Moot Court Competition
        • Web-based Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (APLPJ) founded
        • Dr. Terry T. Shintani ’79 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association

        2000/01

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School; Case Lombardi & Pettit takes over sponsorship of the ProgramJusticeScalia.jpg

        2001

        • Jack S. Fritz ’79 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association

        2002

        • Law Students' Pledge, written by the late Professor Chris K. Iijima, formally adopted by the Faculty
        • Justice Kennedy and Judge Bright return as Jurists-in-Residence
        • First Annual Student Bar Association End-of-the-Summer Bash honors Dean Foster

           

        • Gifford/Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher Distinguished Lectureship in Real Property establishedJusticeKennedywithStudentsandSurf_0.JPG

        2003

        • International Environmental Moot Court Team finishes first in U.S., second in the world
        • Aviam Soifer appointed Dean
        • LLM Program for International Students inaugurated in the fall 
        • Law School celebrates its Thirtieth Anniversary and honors Dean Foster at the Hilton Hawaiian Village with over 700 attendees. School has 20 full-time faculty, 2000 alumni and over 300 students. The entering class of 105 students pay $5400 per semester as residents and $9,252 as non-residents30Anniv_0.JPG
        • Annual Patsy T. Mink Fellowship launched
        • Chief Justice Richardson receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from University of Hawai‘i Founders Alumni Association

        2004

        • First All Class Reunion at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider
        • First Annual Graduating Class Dinner Hosted by Law School Alumni Association
        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband Martin Ginsburg, and Judge Myron Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School
        • Inaugural Stew Day, during which faculty honor the "stew-dents" by serving the student body hot stew lunches and dessert
        • Launch-A-Lawyer program launched
        • Beatrice K. Dawson ’81 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association
        • The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit begins to sit regularly at the Law School.
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        2005

        • Inaugural Galiher Ono Lecture features Paul Brest
        • Native American Moot Court team wins second place for best brief
        • Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law established
        • Inaugural January Term (J-Term) Program established
        • The Pre-Admissions Program celebrates its Thirtieth Anniversary at Kalama Beach Park with 180 attendees
        • The Law School entered into a partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the First Circuit Family Court to look at ways to improve services to children and families in the child welfare system
        • Beloved Director of the Pre-Admissions Program Chris Iijima passes away
        • Hawai‘i Innocence Project established
        • Thomas K. Kaulukukui, Jr. '77 receives the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Alumni Association
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        2006

        • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and his wife Mary Davis Kennedy, and Judge Myron H. Bright, Jurists-in-Residence, visit the Law School
        • Environmental Law Program receives ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law & Policy
        • Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law receives $1.2 million in federal fundingFranklin-mic_0.JPG

           

        • Pre-Admissions Program renamed the Ulu Lehua Program
        • Law School assumes management of Hawai‘i Summer Session; Hawai‘i Summer Session renamed Hawai‘i Summer Law Program
        • Hon. Thomas K. Kaulukukui, Jr. ‘77 and Patricia Y. Lee, Ph.D. ’79 receive Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association
        • Jackie Mahi Erickson '77 receives the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Alumni Association

        2007

        • Inaugural Bright Jurists-in-Residence Program launched with visit by the President Emeritus of the Supreme Court of Israel, Aharon

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          Barak, and his wife, Judge Elika Barak
        • Native American Moot Court team finished in first place in the U.S.
        • Inaugural Dan & Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair for Democratic Ideals launched with the appointment of Dr. John Hope Franklin
        • Head of State of Independent Samoa, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, visits the Law School for the first time
        • First Students Graduate with Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificates with a Specialty in Native Hawaiian Law
        • Gary O. Galiher '77 receives the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Alumni Association

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        2008

        • Jurists-in-Residence U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and his wife Dr. Joanna Breyer, and Judge Myron H. Bright visit the Law School
        • Inaugural Part-Time JD Program launched
        • Thirty-fifth Anniversary Homecoming Celebration honoring our founders, Chief Justice Richardson (retired), Governor
          John A. Burns, and Wallace Fujiyama, in memoriam, at the Andrews Amphitheater
        • Professor Jon Van Dyke appointed inaugural Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar
        • Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law renamed Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
        • Sabrina S. McKenna '82 receives the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Alumni Association
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        2009

        • Sabrina S. McKenna '82 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association
        • Richard Parsons, chairman of the board of Citigroup and economic adviser to President Obama, visits the Law School as the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals

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        • David Callies receives the Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award
        • Jon Van Dyke receives the Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research
        • Chief Justice William S. RichardsonChief Justice William S. Richardson celebrates Nintieth Birthday with more than 900 guests at Realizing the Dream fundraiser for the Law School

           

        2010

        • His Excellency Hisashi OwadaHis Excellency Hisashi Owada, President of the International Court of Justice, visits the Law School as a Bright International Jurist-in-Residence

        2011

        • Jurist-in-Residence U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and his wife Martha Ann visit the Law School

        2012

        • Jurist-in-Residence U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits the Law School