Denise E. Antolini. Professor of Law, Director, Environmental Law Program; AB, magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1982; MPP, University of California, Berkeley, 1985; JD, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
Professor Denise E. Antolini joined the Law School faculty in 1996 and serves as Director of the nationally recognized Environmental Law Program. She received the 2006 University of Hawai`i Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Medal.
After a two-year federal district court clerkship in Washington, D.C., she spent eight years practicing public interest law with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice) in Seattle and Honolulu, serving as Managing Attorney of the Honolulu office from 1994 until 1996. She was editor-in-chief of Ecology Law Quarterly at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California.
She served on the legal team that represented the plaintiffs in the PASH (traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights) decision and was lead counsel on the legal team for the Windward parties in the early stages of the Waiāhole Water case (1993-1995).
For the 2003-04 academic year, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach international environmental law and conduct research as the Distinguished Chair in Environmental Studies in Turin, Italy (Politecnico di Torino, Faculty of Architecture, Urban, Territorial and Environmental Planning)
The Environmental Law Program, William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i, Manoa. Focus Hawai‘i: UH Climate Change Teach In. January 30, 2008. The event was held prior to the U.S. climate summit: the U.S.-initiated Major Economies Meeting at the East West Center on Jan. 30-31, 2008.