It's women students vs. women graduates at the UH law school's annual flag football game

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Nov 27, 2018

Ete Bowl action on the field in 2017. Spencer Kimura photo.
Ete Bowl action on the field in 2017. Spencer Kimura photo.
Spencer Kimura photo.
Spencer Kimura photo.

This is the 40th anniversary for a flag football game in which women law students face off against women graduates of the William S. Richardson School of Law. Called the Ete Bowl, the game is rugged and hard fought, yet is also lauded as an important career networking tradition.

This year’s contest between the student "Etes" and the alumnae "Bruzers" will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 2, on the football practice field/women’s soccer field near the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Murakami Stadium.

Many of the Bruzers are leaders in the legal community but have continued to play in the traditional game for years, like Hawai‘i Supreme Court Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna.

“Joining the Ete Bowl as a law student allowed me to have life-long friendships with people from other classes whom I may never have gotten close to,” explained McKenna. “As we became Bruzers, my teammates and coaches from the Ete Bowl have become some of my closest friends. Playing a team sport really helps teach you how to work within an organization, and to learn your role within that organization.”

The game began in 1978 as a grudge-match scrimmage between second- and third-year women law students to offer relief from long days of study. The Hawai‘i Women Lawyers' honored the Ete Bowl in 2013 with the President's Award, citing its important networking role in connecting up-and-coming law students with seasoned attorneys and other community leaders on the Bruzer side of the field.

The Ete Bowl’s 40th anniversary was recognized at the recent Alumni All-Class Reunion, which also honored Sharon Nishi, a longtime Ete Bowl supporter and player and now a Bruzer coach, as well as Chief Judge Lisa Ginoza of the Intermediate Court of Appeals, who was named Alumna of the Year and is also a member of the Ete Bowl Hall of Fame.

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