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William S. Richardson, An Annotated Bibliography: Newspaper Articles

A bibliography for researchers of Chief Justice William Shaw Richardson and the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa - with aloha.

The Maui News 1951-1973

The date refers to the issue of the newspaper, and the number (or letter/number) refers to the page.The Maui News converted to a new page format that included sections in 1969. So you would see page 1, prior to 1969, and page A1, after that time. An asterisk (*) indicates there is an illustration included; a photo, architect’s sketch, an artist’s drawing, or a map. [Index available at]

  • William Richardson appointed State of Hawaii Chief Justice, family history told* 2/26/1966 1 [ATTORNEYS AND JUDGES]

  • William Richardson runs for Lieutenant Governor, Spark Matsunaga for House* 7/18/1962 8,9 [ELECTION 1962]

  • John Burns defeats William Quinn for governor, William Richardson wins as Lieutenant Governor* 11/7/1962 1(2) [HAWAII STATE GOVERNORS]

  • Lieutenant Governor Richardson heads list of speakers for dedication of Hoapili Dormitory* 10/17/1964 1 [LAHAINALUNA TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL]

  • Lieutenant Governor Richardson to speak at dedication* 12/12/1962 1,4 [WAILUKU WAR MEMORIAL CONVENTION HALL AND

Honolulu Newspapers

Search the online Index to the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin covering 1929-1967 for "Richardson, William S."  Hamilton Library has indexes in print and microform between 1929 and 1990.  Many news articles are only available on microform.  Please check this guide to Newspapers at Hamilton Library for more information.

July 10, 2010
- “Love, Justice and Sweets Defind Richardson; Hundreds Honor a Man Whose Warmth and Charm Touched his Family and all Hawaii.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, July 10, 2010.
Abstract: Family & friends attend memorial service for "CJ"; Grandson Peter R. Phillips gives euology; Richardson, who died June 21 at age 90, is recalled as chief justice, politician, lieutenant governor & founder of UH law school.

July 9, 2010
- “The ‘CJ’ is Saluted at School; Richardson is Recalled as a Man Who Loved the Law and Hawaii.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, July 9, 2010.
Abstract: Richardson lay in state yesterday at UH law school that bears his name;  Lawyers, judges & everyday people paraded past casket of the former state Supreme Court chief justice who died on June 21 at age 90.

June 23, 2010
- “Hawaii’s Heritage Upheld; Richardson’s Legacy Huge.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, June 23, 2010.
Abstract: Editorial about Richardson's legacy.

June 22, 2010
- Tsai, Michael. "Justice Gave Life to Hawaiian Law." Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22, 2010.  Available at accessed May 8, 2012.

Nov. 22, 2009 - Lee, Cataluna. "Richardson Proves Dreams Can Come True," Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 22, 2009.

Abstract: In 1980, Chief Justice William S. Richardson spoke to the eighth graduating class of the University of Hawai'i Law School, which wasn't yet named for him and didn't yet have a building. There are stories about how as chief justice, Richardson took young lawyers under his wing, how he would invite law clerks to talk-story sessions in his chambers at the state supreme court, and there are many who credit his example and his encouragement for making their careers possible.

Oct. 25, 1999
Tighe, Lori. "Judge Helped Keep Hawaii for the People: Big 5 Companies Were All-Powerful," Honolulu Star - Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 25, 1999.

Abstract: Under the Richardson court, native Hawaiians and the public gained access across private property and more.  The present-day logos of the Big 5, which dominated Hawaii business from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. William S. Richardson as chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court from 1966 to 1982, drew a line in the sand in favor of the public.

Sep. 1, 1996
- “Did ‘Richardson Court’ Rewrite Haw Law?  Former Chief Justice Says, No.” Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, September 1, 1996.
Abstract: William S. Richardson responds to focus commentary on Aug. 14 by lawyers Daniel Case & Clinton Ashford that the Hawaiian Supreme Court's judicial activism over the past 30 years has been harmful to the people of Hawaii.

Feb. 20, 1994
- “Whose Beaches?  Look to the Law; Richardson Drew Upon Hawaiian Tradition.” Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 20, 1994.

Oct. 11, 1992
- “Wm. Richardson, Bishop Estate Trustee, Inducted into U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.” Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 11, 1992, sec. A39.

July 6, 1992
- “Wm. Richardson Views Lum Court.” Honolulu Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii, July 6, 1992.

Oct. 17, 1989
- Smyser, Adam A. “Richardson Court Bent Rules in Public’s Favor.” Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 17, 1989.

Adam Smyser Column on Richardson's impact on water rights.