Randall Roth retired in 2017 after forty-two years as a law professor.  Career highlights include the University of Hawai‘i’s highest awards for classroom teaching and community service; student-selected teaching awards at three different law schools; Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Trust Law; Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago School of Law; President of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Hawai‘i Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Hawai‘i Justice Foundation, and Hawai‘i Education Institute; Co-Director of the Hawai‘i Innocence Project; and invited speaker at 35 law schools and for bar associations and CPA societies in 39 states.  Roth is perhaps best known in Hawai‘i for promoting public discussion of controversial issues, such as public corruption, education reform, heavy rail on Oahu, lawyers and judges acting badly, and unaccountable elected officials. He produced a two-volume anthology, The Price of Paradise; hosted a policy-oriented radio show; took a one year leave of absence to establish Governor Lingle’s policy office; led efforts to restructure Hawaii’s public education system; helped reform the charitable trust now known as Kamehameha Schools; and, along with Federal District Court Judge Samuel P. King, wrote Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement & Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust, which was named “Book of the Year” by the Hawaii Book Publishers Association and included on an American Bar Association list of “Books To Live By,” Honolulu Magazine’s “50 Turning Points in Hawaiʻi’s History,” and University of Hawai‘i’s list of “100 Ways the University of Hawai‘i Made a Difference During Its First 100 Years.”

Prior to co-authoring Broken Trust, Roth was twice named “Civic Leader of the Year” by Small Business Hawai‘i; included on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s list of “100 Who Made a Difference in Hawaiʻi During the 20th Century” and the City of Honolulu Centennial Celebration Committee’s list of “100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During the City of Honolulu’s First 100 Years”; received Morehouse College’s annual award for pursuit of social justice by nonviolent means; named “Communicator of the Year” by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Hawaiʻi Press Club; presented with Grassroot Institute’s George Washington Award for Civic Engagement; and chosen to meet with future leaders and deliver the Shiro Amioka Endowed Lecture at the University of Hawai‘i School of Education, commencement addresses at the University of Hawai‘i–Manoa and Hawai‘i Pacific University, and keynote address at the Diocese of Honolulu’s annual Red Mass. During a television news broadcast, TV anchor Kirk Matthews once jokingly referred to Roth’s Price of Paradise activities as “The Gripes of Roth,” and local cartoonists sometimes depicted Roth’s activities as a difficult-to-ignore, hard-hitting, and potentially dangerous.

A fun fact about Roth is that he served as a script consultant for a movie, The Descendants, which won the Academy Award in 2012 for best screenplay. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other publications described his involvement and commented favorably on the script’s skillful treatment of complicated legal issues. National and local journals have published Roth’s accounts of the stories that inspired The Descendants movie.

Professor Randall Roth can be reached at rroth@hawaii.edu.