Faculty & Staff




Interim Associate Dean for Student Services
Assistant Faculty Specialist


JD, William S. Richardson School of Law


Trisha Y. Nakamura is excited to contribute to the William S. Richardson School of Law as its Director of Career Services and Professional Development and Director of the Pro Bono Program.  A proud graduate of WSRSL, her passion is supporting Richardson students on their professional paths in the law through collaborative career counseling and rich programming and resources on careers and professional development.

Trisha served as a Deputy Public Defender for the State of Hawai‘i for six years where she represented thousands of clients, appearing before the District Courts, Circuit Court, Family Court, and the Hawai`i Supreme Court in addition to the Hawai‘i Parole Board.  She also worked in the Judiciary for the State of Hawai‘i in different facets: as a post-JD fellow with the Child Welfare calendar in the Family Court of the First Circuit and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Derrick H.M. Chan and the Honorable Michael D. Wilson while they were assigned to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

Trisha also managed policy and legislative efforts as the Policy and Advocacy Director for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (now within the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute).

Trisha serves on the Pro Bono Initiatives Committee of the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission, the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee as an ex-officio member, and the Japanese American Citizens League-Honolulu Chapter Board.  She also co-chairs the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Diversity Equity and Access to the Law Committee.  She was a 2019 Fellow with the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Leadership Institute.  Nationally, she is a member of the National Advisory Committee with Equal Justice Works and is a vice-chair with the Small and Solo CSO (Career Services Office) section and the Newer Professionals section of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

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