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Abercrombie appoints attorney Portnoy to UH Board of Regents

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 p.m. HST, Nov 22, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy to an interim post on the University of Hawaii's Board of Regents.

Portnoy will fill the Honolulu seat held by former regent Eric Martinson, who resigned in August, the governor's office announced today. The appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate.

"Jeff is a champion of the University of Hawaii and a respected leader in our community," Abercrombie said in a statement. "He has always been a great friend to the university community, and his leadership, insight and expertise within and beyond his field will prove a valuable asset to the UH system." 

Portnoy has practiced law in Hawaii since 1972 and has been with the Honolulu firm of Cades Schutte for 41 years. He has represented various media organizations in Hawaii.

He previously served as an adjunct professor at UH, teaching media law. He teaches seminars at the UH Richardson School of Law, serves as a member of the Friends of Richardson School of Law and was a community member of the Law School Dean Search Committee.

Portnoy was one of three candidates submitted by the Board of Regents' Candidate Advisory Council. The other two were Peter S. Adler, a planner and mediator, and Stanford B.C. Yuen, a former special assistant to the commander of Navy Region Hawaii.

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allie wrote:
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on November 22,2013 | 11:40AM
Venus1 wrote:
on November 22,2013 | 12:21PM
scooters wrote:
Because that's the way this state works. Do anything to keep the Demo-rats in power...
on November 22,2013 | 07:36PM
grantos wrote:
on November 22,2013 | 12:26PM
PCWarrior wrote:
allie what are you except the most hated person on these boards? You got a little something something for everybody don't you? You are clinically depressed and I hope you seek help. Besides that, what, you been at UH for what 25 years now? The North Dakota volleyball recruit? The pizza maker who knows all! LOL.
on November 22,2013 | 04:26PM
iwanaknow wrote:
How soon will the knives and dirt come out?
on November 22,2013 | 01:25PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Maybe UH can get a discount for the all work UH hires law firms to perform.
on November 22,2013 | 02:51PM
Giligan wrote:
ANOTHER LAWYER? More studies, consultants, audits, contracts.
on November 23,2013 | 10:34AM
niimi wrote:
There goes the Hoops Talk show. And now we can get a better color analyst for the radio broadcast of UH Rainbow Warrior basketball with Bobby Curren and Jackson Wheeler.
on November 22,2013 | 03:11PM
Tilac wrote:
Amen. Replace Jeff with anyone but Jackson would be my choice.
on November 22,2013 | 05:30PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Excellent choice!
on November 22,2013 | 04:24PM
Warrior32 wrote:
Jeff is a good man. The work load for this board is huge. None of you would ever want it, it pays nothing and all you get is crap
on November 22,2013 | 11:57PM
hunebasami wrote:
We need a businessman to hand;e money not a lawyer. That's why UH in bad shape.
on November 23,2013 | 04:05AM
MakikiView wrote:
Great choice! Maybe the governor's appointment will result in transparency at UH.
on November 23,2013 | 06:31AM
samidunn wrote:
Just what they need another lawyer.
on November 23,2013 | 07:27AM
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