The University of Hawai'i chapter of the Native American Law Students Association (UHNALSA) was formed around 2001. Prior to the chapter, students of the William S. Richardson School of Law (Richardson) participated in the National Native American Law Students Association's (NNALSA) annual moot court competition. Richardson's first team was formed in 1994 consisting of Shayna Greenberg and Kawika Liu. In 1997, Mona Bernardino was the first Richardson student to win an award in the competition; First Place in the Best Oralist category. A few years later the chapter was formed. From 1997 through 2014 Richardson students collectively a total of 37 awards
in the NNALSA competition. In the 2011, the team received generous coverage from various local media outlets. CLICK HERE
to read, watch and hear the different reports.
Early participation of Hawaii law students in the competition was born out of a desire to work on legal issues pertaining to indigenous groups.
A focus of UHNALSA is promoting the study of federal Indian law, Native Hawaiian law, and indigenous peoples' issues. Another purpose of UHNALSA is to help students, interested in these areas of law and issues, develop their oral and written advocacy skills. The development of these skills is primarily accomplished by preparation for and participation in the NNALSA annual moot court competition. UH NALSA's moot court team (locally known as the Native American Moot Court team) has been fortunate to receive an outpouring of support from Hawai'i's legal community, as well as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
and is appreciative of it.
Tax-deductible donations can be made online by going to www.uhfoundation.org/HawaiiNALSA