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Law School's annual all-women 'Ete Bowl' will pit current students against graduates

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Nov 17, 2017

Players set during the 'Ete Bowl' in 2015.
Players set during the 'Ete Bowl' in 2015.

The William S. Richardson School of Law’s famous “Ete Bowl” will take to the UH Mānoa soccer field at 1 p.m. this Sunday, November 19, as women law students challenge alumnae to an entirely serious game of flag football. 

This is the 40th year of the good-natured grudge match between the Etes, current students, and the Bruzers squad of graduates that dates back to 1978, when the goal was to forge solidarity and relieve some of the humdrum of winter studies.

The game is free and open to the public.

“Our students have truly embraced this athletic contest as a way to bring all the classes together and offer the opportunity to network with graduates,” said Acting Dean Melody K. MacKenzie. “But both sides are also extremely serious about winning.”

Four years ago, in 2013, the game earned a high honor from the Hawai‘i Women Lawyers, who bestowed its prestigious President’s Award on the Ete Bowl, citing it as an important opportunity to introduce up-and-coming law students with seasoned attorneys and judges.

The latter include Hawai‘i Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna and retired Judge Riki Amano. Both have been staunch supporters – and players – over the years.

Male law students are involved in the game as well, stepping up as members of the coaching staff. The students have been practicing since before classes began in August.

At the end of the game, the teams and their supporters will gather in the law school's courtyard for refreshments and pūpū.

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