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Andrade ’11

Joanna Lau Sullivan Distinguished Professor
Director, Ulu Lehua Scholars Program
Director, Faculty Development
Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching


PhD, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016
JD, William S. Richardson School of Law, 2011
BA, Pacific Lutheran University, 2007


Troy J.H. Andrade is a proud graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he currently serves as the Joanna Lau Sullivan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program. He teaches courses on the law and social justice, legal history of Hawai‘i, tort law, and legal writing. A Native Hawaiian, Professor Andrade is a first-generation college graduate.

Professor Andrade’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of American jurisprudence and history, particularly in the context of the pursuit of Native Hawaiian political and social justice. His interest is grounded in understanding Hawai‘i’s history and the role of the law in shaping the current social, political, and economic conditions in the Hawaiian islands. Professor Andrade is currently working on a book about the political and legal history of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Andrade clerked for the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i. He then became a civil litigator with McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, where his practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation, administrative law, and appellate litigation. Professor Andrade has represented clients in matters relating to the most contentious issues in Hawai‘i, including the regulation of genetically modified organisms and pesticides, homelessness, and Native Hawaiian self-determination. 

For his accomplishments, Professor Andrade has been recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation, as Pacific Business News’ top forty business leaders under the age of forty, as one of the top forty young attorneys in the United States, and as a recipient of the Society of American Law Teachers’ Junior Faculty Award. In 2022, he was awarded the University of Hawai‘i’s highest teaching award, the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

A strong advocate for civic engagement and civic education, Professor Andrade currently serves as co-chair of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Civic Education Committee, executive board member of the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, commissioner of the State of Hawai‘i’s Commission to Promote and Advance Civic Education. Professor Andrade is currently Of Counsel with McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP.


  • ‘Āina Ho‘opulapula: The Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, in NATIVE HAWAIIAN LAW: A TREATISE (2d ed., MacKenzie, Serrano, Sproat & Tuteur eds., forthcoming 2024).
  • Pūpūkahi i Holomua: Critical Lessons of Social Healing Through Justice for Native Hawaiians, 52 Southwestern L. Rev. 67 (2023). SSRN
  • Belated Justice: The Failures and Promise of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 46 Am. Indian L. Rev. 1 (2022). SSRN
  • Hawai‘i ‘78: Collective Memory and the Untold Legal History of Reparative Action for Kānaka Maoli, 24 U. Penn. J. L. & Social Change 85 (2021). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • E Ola Ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i: Protecting the Hawaiian Language and Providing Equality for Kānaka Maoli, 6 UCLA Indigenous Peoples’ J.L., Culture & Resistance 3 (2020). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • American Internment, Hawaii Bar Journal 4 (March 2019) (with Ryan Hamaguchi). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • American Overthrow, Hawaii Bar Journal 4 (April 2018). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Legacy in Paradise: Analyzing the Obama Administration’s Efforts of Reconciliation with Native Hawaiians, 22 Mich. J. Race & L. 273 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • (Re)Righting History: Deconstructing the Court’s Narrative of Hawaii’s Past, 39 U. Haw. L. Rev. 631 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • CHANGING TIDES: A POLITICAL AND LEGAL HISTORY OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS (2016) (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa).
  • Contributing Editor, Hawai’i, in TORT LAW DESK REFERENCE: A FIFTY-STATE COMPENDIUM (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2016).
  • Contributor, Native Hawaiian Reconciliation, in RACE, RIGHTS, AND REPARATION: LAW AND THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2d ed., 2013) (with Eric K. Yamamoto).
  • Ke Kānāwai Māmalahoe: Equality in Our Splintered Profession, 33 U. Haw. L. Rev. 249 (2010). HeinOnline | SSRN | ScholarSpace

Related News

National Teaching Award For Law Professor Troy Andrade ’11

National ABA ‘Top 40 Young Lawyers’ Award To Visiting Assistant Law Professor Troy Andrade ’11

UH Law School Awarded $120,000 Grant to Assist Students from Diverse Backgrounds

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