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Statement of Mayor Hannemann on the passing of Chief Justice Richardson

(Monday, June 21, 2010) --- “The State of Hawaii has lost a great man today.  William S. Richardson, whom we affectionately called “CJ,” was one of the most influential figures in modern day Hawaii as the former Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. The University of  Hawaii Law School that was his dream proudly bears his name and is indeed a fitting tribute to a man of vision and wisdom.

“His influence in interpreting the laws of our land is still strongly felt today. CJ’s life of public service has been an inspiration to many who today serve as lawyers and judges, elected office holders and community service leaders.

“Gail and I extend our sincere condolences to the Richardson ohana.”