Law School

During his time as the law school dean, Avi Soifer led the school through two reaccreditations and a facility expansion that added a new $7.3 million Clinical Building.

The search for a new dean for the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has begun.

Noreen Mokuau, dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, is leading the search as Chair of the Search Advisory Committee. 

“During his (Avi Soifer) term as Dean, he has fostered growth and academic excellence with talented faculty, staff, students, and has consistently engaged alumni and the broader community in compelling matters of justice,” Mokuau said. “His successes establish a strong foundation for interested applicants in the position."

Other members of the committee will include faculty, staff, and students from all UH Mānoa departments, as well as representatives from the Kuali’i Council, alumni and legal community.

The committee will recommend finalists to Provost Michael Bruno, who then will recommend a nominee to UH President David Lassner.

Review of applications is expected to begin in August 2019.

In March 2019, longtime law school dean Avi Soifer announced his retirement after 16 years in the position, and will continue until the position is filled.

“Although Dean Soifer will retire as Dean, he will continue his aloha and service to the Law School as Professor of Law,” Mokuau said.