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Denise E. Antolini

School of Law
University of Hawaii
United States of America


Professor Denise E. Antolini has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since 2011. She joined the Law School faculty in 1996 and directed the nationally recognized Environmental Law Program for several years. Since 2006, she has spearheaded the Law School Building Excellence Project. She serves on the State Water Commission Nominating Committee (2013), was the inaugural Chair of the Honolulu City Council’s Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission, and is past Chair of the State Environmental Council. Her courses have included torts, environmental law, environmental litigation, domestic ocean and coastal law, and legal writing. She received the 2006 University of Hawai`i Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Medal. She served as Chair of the American Association of Law School’s Environmental Law Section and, from 2005 until 2008, was on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law. Dean Antolini is past chair of the Hawai`i State Bar Association's Natural Resources Section and was selected by Hawai`i Women Lawyers as the 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award.

Research Interest

public interest law


  • National Park Law in the U.S.: Conservation and Conflict, 33 Wm & Mary Envt’l L. Pol’y Rev. 851 (2009).

  • Karl Kim, Denise Antolini, Peter Rappa, Scott Glenn & Nicole Lowen, Final Report to the Legislature on Hawai‘i’s Environmental Review System (Oct. 2010).

  • The Moon Court’s Environmental Review Jurisprudence: Throwing Open the Courthouse Doors for Beneficial Public Participation, 33 Haw. L. Rev. 581 (2011).

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