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About Sharon

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2010 - Present
State Representative, 42nd District (Kapolei, Makakilo)
Vice-Chair, Committee on the Judiciary
Member, Committee on Transportation
Member, Committee on Public Safety
(From 2006-2010, Rep. Har represented District 40. Subsequent to the 2010 reapportionment, Rep. Har represents District 42.)
Sharon and her mother Katherine, father Chester, and brother, Lawrence.
On the opening day of the 2012 Legislature, Rep. Har announces getting married three days earlier.
Sharon specializes in land use, real estate, and construction law.
Rep. Har speaking in strong support of HB 3377 which requires drunk drivers to install an interlock device into their cars.  Rep. Har introduced this bill which became effective on Jan. 1, 2011.
2006 - 2010
State Representative, 40th District (Kapolei, Makakilo, Royal Kunia, Kalaeloa)
Chair, Interim Task Force on Smart Growth Development
Member, Special Investigative Committee on Bureau of Conveyances
Vice Chair, Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources
Former Vice Chair, Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs
Member, Finance, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Housing Committees
April 2002 - Present
Attorney, Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma.
Specializing in land use, real eastate and construction. Responsible for all aspects of commercial and construction litigation, including pretrial discovery, motion, trial and appeal procedure, representing developers, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors. Litigation experience in Hawaii state and Federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals, representing financial institutions, land trusts, Fortune 500 companies and unincorporated associations.
August 1999 - March 2002
Aide, Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii.
Advisor to Lt. Governor on issues of aviation, economy, education, high-technology, immigration, Native Hawaiian Rights, tourism, and venture capital. Staffed and represent Lt. Governor at numerous meetings, conferences, and community-based events; co-drafted and supported legislation geared towards assisting public school teachers; wrote speeches, messages, memorandums and correspondence on behalf of the Lt. Governor.
June 1999 - August 1999
Law Clerk, Honorable Eden Elizabeth Hifo (fka Bambi Eden E. Weil), Circuit Court, First Circuit.
Researched and drafted bench briefs on substantive and procedural issues for civil hearing and non-hearing motions relating to commercial litigation and administrative appeals.

September 1996 - December 1996
Intern, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
Prosecuted cases in Traffic and Criminal Misdemeanors divisions under supervision of Prosecuting Attorneys' Office.
September 1994 - December 1995
Law Clerk, Asian Legal Services, (CVLS) Chicago, Illinois.
Assisted attorneys with legal research and interviewing clients.
August 1990 - August 1993
Senior Paralegal, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York, New York.
Corporate/Banking Department. Assisted attorneys and clients with the completion of large corporate transactions including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and corporate refinancings. Conducted filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and supervised closings.
Litigation Department. Extensive trial experience representing major insurance company in insurance liability claim and investment bank in securities litigation. Directed team of paralegals supporting attorneys and clients in all phases of discovery and trial preparation. Conducted legal research and summarized transcripts.

EDUCATION

William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Visiting Student, Fall Semester 1996 - 1997.
Coursework: Prosecution Clinic, Immigration Law, Hazardous Waste Law, Native Hawaiian Rights, Secured Transactions.
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois.
Juris Doctor, January 1997.
Activities: Asian American Law Students Association President, 1995-1996; Entertainment and Media Law Society Vice-President, 1995-1996; Decisive Utterance Newspaper Feature Editor, 1995-1996.
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts.
B.A., Political Science; B.A., Sociology, May 1990.
Activities: Student Government Association Dorm Senator, 1989-1990; Asian Students Association Social Chair, 1988-1989; "Han Ma Um" Korean Magazine Founder, 1989-1990.
Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
Coursework: Korean Language and Korean History, Summer 1989.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Coursework: Family Violence & Legal Intervention, Summer 1988.

AWARDS

2007, Pacific Business News "40 Under 40"
Recognized as one of Hawaii's top business leaders under the age of 40.
2008, Arirang Television
Recognized as a Korean-American politician to watch.
2009, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Special honorary recognition to Rep. Har for introducing ignition interlock bill in the legislature and having it signed into law.
2010, Charles Dick Medal of Merit, National Guard Association of the United States
Special recognition for introducing and passing laws honoring our military.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Executive Secretary, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Alliance.
  • Coordinator, Aloha United Way.
  • Volunteer, Read to Me Program.
  • Staff, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, Hawaii Policy Group.
  • Director, Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce.
  • Coordinator, Hawaii Blood Bank.
  • President, Korean American Bar Association Hawaii.
  • Junior Judge, Hawaii State Bar Association.
  • Member, Funds For New York City Public Education.
  • Volunteer, Legal Aid Society.