Professor of Law Emeritus
Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award
Robert W. Clopton Distinguished Community Service Award
Carlsmith Ball Faculty Scholar (2012-2014)
BS, Regis College, 1970
JD, University of Denver, 1974
LLM, University of Miami, 1975
Professor Roth served on the law faculty from 1982 until 2017, and also served as President of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association, Hawaiʻi Justice Foundation and Hawaiʻi Institute for Continuing Legal Education, as co-director of the Hawai’i Innocence Project, as Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law (Third) Trusts project of the American Law Institute; Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin. While at the University of Hawaii he received Regents awards for teaching excellence and community service.
Randy co-authored and edited THE PRICE OF PARADISE: LUCKY WE LIVE HAWAII? (1992) and THE PRICE OF PARADISE, VOLUME II (1993)(a combined version was subsequently translated and published in Japan and Korea); and along with Judge Sam King he co-authored BROKEN TRUST: GREED MISMANAGEMENT & POLITICAL MANIPULATION AT AMERICA’S LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUST (2006), which the Hawaii Book Publishers Association named “Book of the Year” in 2007, and was subsequently translated and published in Japan. The electronic version of BROKEN TRUST is available for free by clicking OPEN ACCESS.An overview of the book is HERE
Small Business Hawaii named Randy Civic Leader of the Year in 1993 and again in 1997, and Morehouse College presented him with the Gandhi, King, Ikeda award for pursuit of social justice in 2009. Examples of Randy’s civic projects include five years hosting a weekly Hawaii Public Radio talk show on local issues and creation of POP’94. A detailed description of the latter is HERE
In 2000 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin included him on its list of “100 Who Made a Difference in Hawaiʻi During the Twentieth Century,” and in 2005 the City of Honolulu’s Centennial Celebration Committee put him on its list of “100 Who Made Lasting Contributions During the City of Honolulu’s First 100 Years.”
A fun fact about Randy 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. Randy’s description of the real stories that inspired The Descendants movie, and his role as script consultant, is HERE.
Other items of interest about Randy:
- Ken Lawson speaking at Randy’s retirement party in 2017(link is external);
- Video Interview about Improving Public Schools(link is external);
- Video Interview on July 17, 2017, about Honolulu’s rail project(link is external);
- Video Interview on May 22, 2017, about Honolulu’s rail project(link is external);
- Video Interview on Jan. 6, 2017, about Rail(link is external);
- Biographical Sketch(link is external) of Professor Roth.
- BROKEN TRUST: GREED MISMANAGEMENT & POLITICAL MANIPULATION AT AMERICA’S LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUST (with Samuel P. King) 2017 Open Access Edition available at UH Press. See the Broken Trust Website for reviews and background information.
- THE PRICE OF PARADISE: LUCKY WE LIVE HAWAII? (Editor and contributing author), Mutual Publishing (1992); Bestseller in the Hawaiiana category for 1992 and again for 1993. PDF(
- THE PRICE OF PARADISE VOLUME II (Editor and contributing author), Mutual Publishing (1993); Bestseller in the Hawaiiana category for 1993; Finalist for Excellence in Non-Fiction Writing Award from Hawaii Book Publishers Association in 1994. PDF
- A Japanese version of The Price of Paradise volumes was published in 1995 by Yushindo-Kobunsha Publishing Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. (ペーパーバック) より 洋書: 点の全新品/中古商品を見る 全35商品を見る
- A Korean version of THE PRICE OF PARADISE volumes published in 2003. PDF
- Art Imitates History, Hawaii Bar Journal (May 2017) (with John Roth). PDF
- The Future of Rail on Oahu, Plan A, B, or C?, Social Science Association of Hawaii, May 1, 2017. PDF
- Deconstructing the Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Old Hawaiian Trusts and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy, 48 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 291(Fall 2013). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace | PDF
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Is China’s Trust the Fairest of All?, 2010 Jotwell: The Journal of Things we Like  (2010). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Erosion of Trust, 93 A.B.A. Journal 48 (2007) (with Samuel P. King). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace | PDF
- Protecting Assets from Creditors Legally, Ethically, and Morally (Part 1), 8 ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal 43 (2002). HeinOnline| ScholarSpace
- Protecting Assets from Creditors Legally, Ethically, and Morally (Part 2), 8 ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal 39 (2002). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Current Ethical Problems in Estate Planning (with Checklist), 6 ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal 33 (2000). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Renewed Trust, 21 U. Haw. L. Rev. 707 (1999) (with Gladys Brandt, Samuel P. King, & Walter Heen). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Understanding the Attorney-Client and Trustee-Beneficiary Relationships in the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Litigation: A Reply to Professor McCall, 21 U. Haw. L. Rev. 511 (1999) HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Current Ethical Problems in Advising Clients, 20 ACTEC Notes 224 (1994). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- A Report on the Results of a Survey about Everyday Ethical Concerns in the Trust and Estate Practice, 20 ACTEC Notes 201 (1994) (with Francis J. Jr. Collin & Martin A. Heckscher). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- The Tax Practitioner’s Plight after Tax Reform, 2 Probate & Property 19 (1988). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Income Shifting in the Light of TRA-86, 1 Probate & Property 18 (1987). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- New Penalty Provisions and Their Effect on Aggressive Tax Planning, 61 Taxes 52 (1983). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Amortization of Expenditures for Child Care Facilities, 57 Taxes 133 (1979). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
- Installment Reporting for Income Tax Purposes, 5 Colo. Law. ii (1976) (with John T. Kearns). ScholarSpace
- The Fundamental Problem is a Dysfunctional DOE, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sept. 16, 2018 (with R. L’Heureux).
- Make Education Spending Transparent Honolulu Star-Advertiser, May 23, 2018 (with J. Sosa and S. Terstegge).
- Why We Oppose the Proposed Education Ta, Civil Beat, Sept. 24, 2018 (with B. Cayetano).
- What Honolulu Rail Officials Know They Don’t Know, Civil Beat, April 17, 2018 (with C. Slater).
- Transit Innovations Impel Shorter Rail, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Mar. 11, 2018 (with C. Slater).
- It’s Not Too Late to Build Rail Better, Civil Beat editorial, Dec. 5, 2017.
- Special Session to Fund Rail, Hawaii Public Radio, Aug. 28, 2017 (with C. Slater).
- Rail Audit Needs to be Comprehensive, Independent, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Aug. 24, 2017 (with C. Slater and P. Prevedouros).
- Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail, Civil Beat, April 27, 2017 (with C. Slater).
- Honolulu Rail Is Too Much, Too Late, Civil Beat, March 9, 2017 (with Slater)
- The Impending Honolulu Rail Ridership Debacle, Civil Beat, Feb. 13, 2017 (with Slater).
- Still time to turn rail woe into bus way Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Dec. 25, 2016
- What to do about the Honolulu Rail Project, Civil Beat, Oct. 3, 2016 (with Slater and Prevedouros).
- We Should Not Pay a Penny To The Federal Transit Administration, Civil Beat, Oct. 10, 2016 (with Slater and Prevedouros).
- It’s not too late to make right call on rail, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sept. 18, 2016 (with Prevedouros).
- How to make the best of Honolulu’s rail fiasco, Honolulu, Star-Advertiser, June 29, 2016 (with Slater and Prevedouros).
- What is OHA?, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, page 1 of Sunday Insight Section, Dec. 20, 2015 (with Walter Heen).
- Honolulu Rail: From $4.6B to $8.6B in Eight Years. Now What?, New Geography, Oct. 11, 2016; also published as What to Do About Rail, Civil Beat, Oct. 3, 2016 (with Panos Prevedouros and Cliff Slater).
- A Bright Future for Public Education, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Insight Section, Nov. 15, 2015 (with Roberta Mayor and Darrel Galera).
- New Testing Regime at Public Schools is a Recipe for Disaster, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday Insight Section, Oct. 8, 2015 (with Darrel Galera, Roberta Mayor, John Sosa, and Marsha Alegre).
- Public School Leaders Must Be Empowered To Achieve Success, HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, May 20, 2014 (with Darrel Galera, John Sosa, Penelope Tom and RandiAnn Porras-Tang).
- How the City Misled the Public on Elevated Heavy Rail, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Aug. 21, 2011, p. F1 (with Walter Heen, Benjamin Cayetano, and Cliff Slater).
- Managed lanes would be superior to elevated rail, PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS, June 22, 2012 (with John Brizdle).
- Rail Robbery, HONOLULU WEEKLY, June 20, 2012 (with Walter Heen and Cliff Slater).
- City Rail Project is Fundamentally Flawed, HAWAII REPORTER, Mar. 27, 2012 (with Walter Heen and Cliff Slater).
- Job Numbers Don’t Add Up, HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, Oct. 20, 2011 (with Walter Heen, Benjamin Cayetano, and Cliff Slater).
- Eulogy for Samuel P. King, 14 HAW. B.J. 9 (2011).
- Public Education in Hawaiʻi: Past, Present & Future, 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission Proceedings and UH College of Education Amioka Lecture (2010).
- Catholic Parents Proud of Gay Son, commentary appearing in Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and Hawaii Filipino Chronicles (2010) (with Susie Roth).
- The Queen’s Estate, 13 HAW. B.J. 9 (May 2009) (reprinted by THE HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, May 17 and May 18, 2009) (with Samuel P. King and Walter M. Heen).
- Politics in Hawaii: Is Something Broken?, HONOLULU MAGAZINE, Vol. ILII, No. 11, p. 46 (2008).
In addition to the honors indicated above, Professor Roth was named International Member of the Year (1995) by Lambda Alpha International (an honorary land economics society), Communicator of the Year (1995) by the Hawai‘i Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and he has received the Hawaiʻi Press Club’s Newsmaker Award (2004), Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s Fellow of the Pacific Award (2004), Grassroot Institute’s George Washington Award for Civic Engagement (2006); and he has given the commencement address at the University of Hawai‘i (1994) and Hawai‘i Pacific University (2004), and delivered the Amioka Endowed Lecture (2010) and keynote address at the Red Mass for the Diocese of Honolulu (2003). His work on the Broken Trust essay was included on Honolulu Magazine’s list of 50 “turning points” in Hawaiʻi’s history since Statehood (2009) and the University of Hawai‘i Malamalama list of 100 ways the University of Hawai‘i has made a difference during its first 100 years (2008). The ABA Banking Journal included Broken Trust on its list of Books Bankers Live By (2009).