Ronell Badua is a paralegal employed by the Department of the Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu where he specializes in Civil Litigation – Environmental, Transportation. He is active in the Hawaii Paralegal Association and recently received the HPA’s 2015 Career Achievement Award
Ron has an Associates Degree – Paralegal Studies from Kapi`olani Community College, an ABA Approved Program. He is currently preparing for the NFPA CORE Exam.
1. What prompted you to choose a paralegal career? My legal career started as a mail clerk at Carlsmith Ball, LLP. I became interested in the law while dropping off mail to each secretary and being a firm messenger. When there was an opening for a clerk position at the firm, I applied and got the position.
Having worked closely with paralegals at the firm, my interest expanded on the roles of a paralegal. It wasn’t until I heard about a scholarship opportunity from the Hawaii Paralegal Association (HPA) that I got serious. My winning essay was the entry to my legal studies. I was afforded the opportunity to offset the cost of my first semester in paralegal school. Since then, I have been fortunate with my paralegal career and studies. The guidance and support from teachers, counselors, attorneys and colleagues have been tremendous.
2. What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of the job is the intellectual challenge. To be a successful paralegal, one needs to be an innovative thinker, be a good problem-solver and deal well with stress.
3. What professional associations do you belong to? Hawaii Paralegal Association,
National Federation of Paralegal Associations and American Alliance of Paralegals