NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS INTERESTED IN PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES TO THE RESEARCH CORPORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII 5/2/2024

Licensed attorneys who wish to provide specialized legal services to the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025), are invited to submit a Statement of Qualifications and Expression of Interest (SOQ) to RCUH pursuant to HRS § 103D-304.

RCUH is currently looking to contract for legal services in the following areas:

  1. Employment:  Employment, disciplinary, termination, workers’ compensation and discrimination/retaliation issues.  Services shall include but not be limited to:
    • Drafting, reviewing, and providing advice and recommendations relating thereto;
    • Providing advice and recommendations regarding responses to claims asserted by current and former employees; 
    • Participating in negotiations regarding items (a) and (b); and
    • Providing guidance on applicable statutes, regulations, and other legal requirements.

Previous experience advising employers is essential, and previous experience advising government agencies is preferred.  

  1. Employment:  Employee benefits, including retirement benefits.  Services shall include but not be limited to:
    • Drafting, reviewing, and providing advice and recommendations relating thereto;
    • Providing advice and recommendations regarding responses to claims asserted by current and former employees; 
    • Participating in negotiations regarding items (a) and (b); and
    • Providing guidance on applicable statutes, regulations, and other legal requirements.

Previous experience advising employers is essential, and previous experience advising government agencies is preferred.  

  1. Immigration: Temporary visas and/or permanent residency applications.  Services shall include but not be limited to:
    • Drafting, reviewing, and providing advice and recommendations relating thereto.
    • Completing and filing permanent residency applications (previous experience representing both employers and employees in the permanent residency application process is essential);
    • Completing and filing temporary visa applications and related documentation; and
    • Providing guidance on applicable statutes, regulations, and other legal requirements.
  1. Tax: Payroll, IRS compliance, foreign payroll and/or nonresident alien and foreign entity contractor payments (crossover immigration experience preferred), IRS compliance.  Services shall include but not be limited to:
    • Providing guidance on applicable statutes, regulations, internal policies, and other legal requirements.
  1. Maritime: Charter, third-party vessel, and other marine-related agreements; marine insurance terms and policies.  Services shall include but not be limited to:
    • Drafting, reviewing, and providing advice and recommendations relating thereto; and
    • Providing guidance on applicable statutes, regulations, insurance policies/terms, internal policies, and other legal requirements.

Please email your SOQ to: [email protected] by Tuesday, May 28, 2024, to be eligible for consideration.  SOQs received after May 28, 2024 will be classified as “late submittals” for the balance of the fiscal year.  Late submittals will be considered for services beginning October 1, 2024, unless it is received after September 30, 2024, in which case the submittal will be considered for services at the start of the following quarter (i.e., January 1, 2025 or April 1, 2025).

SOQ forms are available here