Elizabeth Paek-Harris, Esq.

Elizabeth has been exclusively practicing family law for the past thirteen years.  She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in 1997.  After working in the field of law for several years, Elizabeth decided to pursue her passion in family law.  In 2003, she obtained her Juris Doctorate decree from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law, where she also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in legal writing.  Elizabeth is a published author, and previously served as an editor and board member of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review. After she became licensed in 2003, she served as the law clerk to Judge Steven S. Alm, then worked as an associate attorney for William C. Darrah before starting her own law practice.

AFFILIATIONS

  • State of Hawai’i Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2017, Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Child Law Section, 2017, Chair
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Child Law Section, 2016, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2015 -Present, Board Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2015, Chair
  • State of Hawai’i Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2014, Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2014, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2004 – Present, Member
  • First Circuit Family Court Memos Committee, 2005, Member
  • First Circuit Family Court Property Division Chart Committee, 2006 – Present, Member
  • First Circuit Family Court Asset & Debt Committee, 2007 – Present, Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2008 – 2009, Treasurer
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, 2009, Board Member
  • Helping Hands Hawai’i, 2008 – Present, Board Member
  • Hawaii State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute, 2009, Fellow
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s Leadership and Community Service Committee, 2009 – Present, Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section’s Leadership and Community Service Committee’s Kapolei Transition Committee, 2009 – Present, Co-Chair
  • First Circuit Family Court Domestic Division’s Kapolei Transition Working Group, 2009 – 2010, Member
  • Hawai’i State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 2009 – Present, Board Member

HONORS & AWARDS

  • The Hata Foundation’s 2012 Stars of Hope Honoree, January 2012, Advocacy of Hawai’i’s Children and Families
  • HSBA’s Pro Bono/Service Award, Spring 2009, Mediator and Attorney in Family Law
  • HSBA’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2007, Divorce Law Update Program and Hawai’i Divorce Manual
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 2000, Legal Writing

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Kapiolani Community College’s Paralegal School, 2009 and 2010
  • HSBA’s Family Law Update Program, 2009
  • Hawai’i Paralegal Association’s Education Conference, 2009
  • Family Law Section’s Paralegal Training Seminar, 2008
  • Statewide Family Court Judicial Symposium, 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • First Circuit Family Court Per Diem Judges’ Meeting, 2008
  • Maui Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Meeting, 2007

PUBLICATIONS

  • Hawai’i Divorce Manual, 2004 – 2007, Contributing Author
  • Journal of Hawai’i Family Law, 2004 – 2007, Co-Author
  • University of Hawai’i Law Review, 2003, Recent Developments Author

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • The Law Offices of William C. Darrah, 2004, Family Law Associate Attorney
  • State of Hawai’i Circuit Court, 2003, Criminal Law Clerk
  • Kessner Duca Bain & Umebayashi, 2001, General Practice Law Clerk
  • The Law Offices of Steven Guttman, 1999, Bankruptcy/Collections Legal Assistant
  • State of Hawai’i House of Representatives, 1998, Legislative Aid
  • Park Park Yu & Remillard, 1997, Personal Injury Legal Assistant
  • Washington State Senate, 1997, Legislative Intern

PRO BONO WORK

  • Kapolei Access to Justice Room/Program, 2012 – Present, Volunteer Attorney
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, 2013 – Present
  • Court Annexed Arbitration Program, 2008, Arbitrator
  • Hawai’i Child Support Guidelines Task Force, 2008, Volunteer Law Clerk
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific, 2007, Mediator
  • First Circuit Family Court’s Kids First Program, 2005-2007, Volunteer
  • Legal Aid Society, 1998 – present, Attorney/Paralegal
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