Law firm establishes Fund for Excellence at UH Manoa Law School

Contribution from Starns O'Toole Marcus & Fisher will support scholarships, moot court program and lecture series

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Nov 25, 2008

"Our law firm and the law school share a history of mutual support and friendship, and we are proud to support University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law with this $100,000 gift." Peter Starn, Chairman, Starn O‘Toole Marcus & Fisher

William S. Richardson, founder of the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa and former Hawaiʻi State Chief Justice, accepted a check for $100,000 to the UH Mānoa School of Law on Thursday, November 20, 2008. The check was a gift from Starn O‘Toole Marcus & Fisher, one of Hawaiʻi‘s most prestigious business law firms.

The donation will establish the Starn O‘Toole Marcus & Fisher Fund for Excellence, which will provide scholarships for law students and sponsorship of the nationally-honored moot court program. The gift will also fund a continuing lecture series in real estate law, and other programs that support legal education.

"This gift is one aspect of the law firm‘s community outreach, which includes providing pro bono and reduced cost legal services to community organizations," said Duane Fisher, a director at the firm. "Several of our law firm‘s attorneys also have served as adjunct professors at the law school."

"We particularly appreciate this generous contribution in these difficult financial times," said Aviam Soifer, dean of William S. Richardson School of Law. "We are honored Starn O‘Toole Marcus and Fisher continues to support our mission."

Richardson was recently honored with the American Judicature Society‘s Herbert Harley Award, the premier state award reserved for individuals whose outstanding efforts and contributions substantially improve the administration of justice in their state.