|Hawaii Supreme Court|
|Title: || Chief Justice|
|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|
|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. 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.
Recktenwald earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
- 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
- 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.
- Hawaii State Judiciary, "Supreme Court of Hawai`i"
- Star Advertiser, "Recktenwald garners praise," August 26, 2010
- Star Advertiser, "Recktenwald picked to lead high court," August 14, 2010
- Hawaii Reporter, "Mark Recktenwald Confirmed to Hawaii Supreme Court," March 13, 2009
- Hawaii State Judiciary, "Chief Justice Recktenwald's State of the Judiciary," January 26, 2011
- Office of Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, "New Release: Governor Lingle Nominates Glenn Kim as Circuit Court Judge and Mark Recktenwald as Chief Judge of Intermediate Court of Appeals," February 14, 2007
- ↑ Star Advertiser, "Recktenwald picked to lead high court," August 14, 2010
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Advertiser, "Senate confirms Recktenwald as new high court chief justice," September 3, 2010
- ↑ Pacific Business News, "Recktenwald confirmed to Hawaii Supreme Court," March 13, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Hawaii State Judiciary, "Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald"
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012