Launch of the Chief Justice William S. Richardson Archive

CJ Richardson with lei

The University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library invites you to the public launch of an archival collection celebrating the life and work of Chief Justice (C.J.) William S. Richardson, on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 3:30-5:00 pm (registration link).

The papers of C.J. Richardson have been curated and made accessible in physical and digital form by the University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library Public Services Department, under the supervision of Archives Manager, Ellen-Rae Cachola. The Law Library is grateful to the Richardson family for the opportunity to preserve and provide access to Chief Justice Richardson’s papers. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

The archive documents C.J. Richardson’s life and legacy and his immense impact on Hawaiʻi and its people, infusing their customs and traditions into a modern interpretation of Hawaiian law.  Through photographs and text, details emerge about his family history, educational background, and military career that demonstrate how his personal experiences influenced his public life. The archive also provides insights into his political career as the second Lieutenant Governor of  the State of Hawaiʻi, duties as trustee of the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, seminal decisions as the sixteenth Chief Justice of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court, and instrumental role in establishing the William S. Richardson School of Law. To access the finding aid of the Chief Justice William S. Richardson Archival Collection, please visit: