Mark Recktenwald

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Mark Recktenwald
Court Information:
Hawaii Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $214,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Linda Lingle
Active:   2009-2020
Chief:   2010-2020
Preceded by:   Steven Levinson
Past post:   Judge, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
Past term:   2007-2009
Past post 2:   Director, Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Past term 2:   2003-2007
Personal History
Born:   10/8/1955
Undergraduate:   Harvard University
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School

Mark E. Recktenwald is the chief justice of the five member Hawaii Supreme Court. He was appointed to his ten-year term as chief by Governor Linda Lingle on August 13, 2010, to succeed former Chief Justice Ronald Moon. The nomination was confirmed by the Hawaii Senate on September 2, 2010.[1][2] He was first appointed to the court in the state's assisted appointment method of judicial selection in 2009 by Governor Linda Lingle. His current term expires in 2020.[2]


Recktenwald earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[3][4]

Professional Career

  • 2009-2020: Chief justice, Hawaii Supreme Court
  • 2007-2009: Judge, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • 2003-2007: Director, Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
  • 1999-2003: Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii
  • 1997-1999: Partner, Marr, Hipp, Jones & Pepper
  • 1991-1997: Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Hawaii
  • 1988-1991: Attorney, Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel
  • 1986-1988: Law clerk, U.S. District Judge Harold Fong[4]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Recktenwald received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.35, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.29 that justices received in Hawaii. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

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