Kamaile Turčan is a 1998 graduate and salutatorian of Kamehameha Schools, and she received her BA in integrative biology from UC Berkeley in 2001. After working for several years as a field biologist, she entered the UH law school, graduating in 2008 with a certificate in environmental law.
This is the first time a UH law school graduate has been invited to clerk for a United States Supreme Court Justice, as well as the first time that a person of Native Hawaiian ancestry has served as a law clerk to any justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Turčan emphasizes the role of the UH law school in opening up this opportunity. “I would not be in this position were it not for the advice, guidance, and friendly nudges in the right direction from Dean Avi Soifer and my ʻohana at Richardson,” she said.