Environmental Law Program


A number of our graduates work in the Legislature and for a variety of State and County agencies.

State Government

Della Au Belatti (’93), State of Hawai‘i Legislature
Maile Shimabukuro (’00), State of Hawai‘i Legislature
Scott Nishimoto (’02), State of Hawai‘i Legislature
Blake Oshiro (’96), State of Hawai‘i Legislature
Scott Saiki (’91), State of Hawai‘i Legislature
Kaiulani Kidani (’99), Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission
Bonita Chang (’99), Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission
Yumi Miyata (’08), Hawai‘i State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
Kamaile Nichols (’08), Hawai‘i State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (now with Judge Richard R. Clifton)
Wayne Tanaka (’09), Hawai‘i State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
Molly Schmidt (’06), Hawai‘i State Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Coordinator for State Legacy Lands Conservation Program’
Joshua Strickler (’08), Renewable Energy Programs, Hawai’i State Dept. of Business Economic Development, and Tourism

Federal Government

Lindsey Kasperowicz (’05), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kanale Sadowski (’05), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

City and County Government

Paul Herran (’05), Office of Corporation Counsel for City and County of Honolulu (now in private practice)
Jodi Higuchi (’09), Office of the County Attorney, County of Kaua’i


Rep. Scott Nishimoto

Scott Nishimoto – WSRSL Class of 2002 – State of Hawai‘i Legislature, House Representative

Rep. Nishimoto has been a member of the Hawai‘i Bar Association since 2003, received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law in May 2002 and his Bachelors degree in Sociology in 1997. At UHM, Rep. Nishimoto was elected student body president of the Associated Students of UH. His professional experience includes serving as a staff member in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and working as a law clerk at Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks. He has the distinction of being selected as the first Anheuser-Busch/Frank Horton Fellow with the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies, also in the nation’s capitol. Rep. Nishimoto was a member of the 2003 Japanese American Leadership Delegation invited by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to meet with Japanese leaders in the political, business, non-profit, academic and cultural fields. He currently is on the board of directors for the Hawai‘i Children’s Cancer Foundation and is a member of the State of Hawai‘i Workforce Development Council. In addition, Rep. Nishimoto serves on the Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Interim Steering Committee, Diamond Head Lion’s Club, Kaimuki Adult School Community Council and School Community Based Management Councils for Liholiho and Ala Wai elementary schools.

Rep. Nishimoto is a member of several House Committees, including Health (Vice-Chair), Finance, Hawaiian Affairs, Human Services, and Joint Task Force to Conduct a Review of the State Highway Fund.

Source: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/memberpage.aspx?member=nishimoto

L: Rep. Nishimoto & ELP Dir. Denise Antolini; R: Rep. Nishimoto & President Barack Obama