Randall Roth served as President of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 1999. At the time, the Hawaii Bar Journal depicted him as A Dreamer of Change. According to a national publication for lawyers, “Roth carried controversy boldly into office.” He wrote the following articles for the Hawaii Bar Journal:

Why Don’t They Like Us? (1999)

Are We Credible? (September 1999)

Inspiring Trust and Confidence in Our System of Justice (November 1999)

Judging Our Judges with Mark Bennett and Doug Crosier (1999)

Subsidized Continuing Legal Education (March 1999)

Parting Thoughts (1999)

The Legal Battle Over Queen Liliuokalani’s Estate with Samuel King and Walter Heen (2009)

Eulogy for Samuel P. King (2011)

Tribute to Samuel P. King (2013)

Art Imitates History: The Real Stories Behind The Descendants Movie with John Roth (2017)

Public Corruption in the Land of Aloha (2023)

Roth championed efforts to add transparency and accountability to Hawaii’s system of justice. See, for example, Hawaii Bar President Pursues Justice Beyond Classroom by Anna Marie Kukec in Bar Leader Magazine (December 1999), Randall Roth: A Dreamer of Change by David Farmer in Hawaii Bar Journal (January 1999), and Effort mounted to improve judicial evaluation, below which appears Secrecy rule keeps review process under wraps, both written by Ian Lind for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (March 8, 1999): “Roth hopes to convince both attorneys and judges that openness is a win-win proposition. ‘I happen to think things are being done reasonably well, better than what the public assumes, so to me transparency offers a win-win outcome in that it will add credibility to the system,’ Roth said. ‘The more you try to keep something secret and try to explain that everybody is better off because of the secrecy, the more people will assume the worst, that it’s secret because it can’t be defended or is not being done in a way that puts the public first.’

Roth’s tenure as bar president was controversial at times. For example, the year before serving as president-elect he publicly criticized the five Supreme Court justices for having politicized the Bishop Estate; his opponent in the bar election just happened to represent the trustees Roth was criticizing; while serving as president-elect he endorsed Linda Lingle; and he repeatedly called for the trustees’ removal and accountability for the justices (e.g., The Fuse Is Lit, Trustees Must Be Removed–Now!, Bishop Estate Trustees Performed Poorly, Time to Remove the Trustees, Trustees’ Lawyers Should Not Be Paid With Trust Funds); and Bishop Estate trustee efforts to portray Roth as a sinister force controlling the other Broken Trust authors were laughably inept. Although Roth stressed that he was doing these things in his individual capacity, rather than as a University of Hawaii employee or soon-to-be bar association president, several lawyers complained when a New York Times article described Roth as a University of Hawaii law professor and president-elect of the bar association. After extensive discussion, the bar association’s board of directors issued a press release: “We see no reason why we should not respect Randy’s First Amendment fight to free speech and association, so long as he does not in any way associate his political activities with the bar association.” Throughout his year as president, Roth encourage robust discussion of controversial topics. See, for example, task forces, bar retreat, and technology needs. Shortly after serving as president, Roth shared these thoughts.

Randall’s son, John, served as President of the bar association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2011.