UH Law School Receives $100,000 from McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Aug 26, 2002

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law has received a $100,000 gift from Honolulu law partnership McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon to establish an endowed scholarship in the partnership‘s name. The gift includes a five-year commitment of $5,000 per year to the Law School‘s annual fund.

"We have a long-standing relationship with McCorriston," said Dean Larry Foster of the UH School of Law. "Not only have they made annual financial commitments to our programs, but their partners have also served as adjunct faculty and served on advisory boards. With this scholarship, they have demonstrated a commitment to seeing the Pacific‘s best law school get even better — and they are doing it in addition to their continuing annual gift. They are one of the true champions of excellence in our community."

The inaugural scholarship will be awarded in September at the law school‘s annual awards ceremony. This scholarship will be awarded to a second-year law student who demonstrates superior academic ability in the partnership‘s two primary areas of practice: real property and litigation. Preference may be given to students who intend to live and practice law in Hawaiʻi.

"We are a law partnership that is dedicated to improving vitality of the community we serve," said founding partner William McCorriston. "It‘s not simply philanthropy — seven of our attorneys are graduates of the Richardson School of Law, including five partners. An investment in the University of Hawaiʻi is an investment in the future health of the legal profession in Hawaiʻi and of the state itself."

Said University of Hawaiʻi President Evan S. Dobelle, "with this scholarship comes the responsibility and honor of being a ʻM4‘ scholar. The commitment of one of Honolulu‘s most successful practices will enhance the experience of every student who receives this scholarship. We are honored and deeply pleased to have entered into this partnership. It takes an entire community to make a university great and this gift has taken us one step closer."

McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP is the fourth largest law firm in Honolulu. It is comprised of lawyers whose practices and reputations are well established and highly regarded in Hawaiʻi and other areas of the Pacific Rim. Its principal practice is in the areas of Real Estate, Litigation, Real Estate Finance, Hospitality Industry matters, Corporate, Taxation, Government Regulation and Relations, Insurance Defense, Insurance Law, Environmental Law, Employment Litigation and Labor Law, Health Care, and Public Finance.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s William S. Richardson School of Law first opened its doors in 1973. Since then, it has become the premier law school of the Pacific. U.S. News & World Report ranked it as a top tier law school in 1998 and its Environmental Law Program is consistently ranked among the finest in the nation. The law school has a strong relationship with the Hawaiʻi legal community and it has now forged new and expanded relationships in the Asia-Pacific region.