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     Judge Patrick K.S.L. Yim received his B.A. degree from the University of Hawaii Manoa in 1964 and his LL.B. degree from Boston University School of Law in 1967.  Prior to commencing his judicial career in February of 1971, he served as a Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 20, in San Francisco, California, and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the City & County of Honolulu, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney.  Before his elevation to the Circuit Court, Judge Yim served in the Family Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii for over thirteen years.

    Throughout his judicial career, Judge Yim served on numerous committees and in various assignments in the First Circuit, including Referee and District Family Judge, Trial Judge at the circuit level in both the civil and criminal divisions, Administrative Judge of the Civil Division, Probate, Trust & Guardianship divisions, Court Annexed Arbitration Judge, Past President of the Hawaii State Trial Judges’ Association, Chair of the Probate Rules Committee, Chair of the Judicial Arbitration Commission for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program, and Co-Chair of the annual Bench/Bar Conference.  He also served as a member of various other bench/bar rules committees.  During his twenty-four years on the Bench, he presided over hundreds of cases as a trial and settlement judge, in the areas of domestic relations, juvenile, criminal, civil, probate, trust and guardianship law.  While serving on the Family Court bench, he was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

    Upon his retirement from the Judiciary of the State of Hawaii in December 1994, Judge Yim served as a legal advisor to the City & County of Honolulu, Department of the Corporation Counsel in complex cases.  He also served on the Appellate ADR Program with the Judiciary.

    Also, since his retirement, Judge Yim has devoted his judicial skills to ADR on a full- time basis.  He has served as a neutral Mediator, Arbitrator, external investigator, fact-finder and  discovery master in well over 700 cases in a wide variety of areas including commercial, employment, real estate, probate trust, products liability, personal injury, medical/legal malpractice, complex construction, domestic relations, labor, contract, and insurance.  Judge Yim has also presided over contested elections.  In 1997, he was appointed by the Circuit Court of the First Circuit as the Court’s fact-finder in a highly publicized controversy involving the Trustees of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop’s Estate, the Kamehameha School, its Alumni Association, and its Teachers’ Association.

    Throughout his career, Judge Yim has actively participated in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the following:  member of the Hawaii State Bar Association; Instructor of criminal law in the criminal justice program at the Honolulu Community College; President of the Malama Na Keiki Foundation; Member of the 200 Club; Member of the Civilian Advisory Group, US Army Pacific; volunteer game warden with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Enforcement Division, State of Hawaii; past Chairman of the Traditional Peacemaking Committee for the Native Hawaiian Bar Association; former Chairman of Board of the Institute for Human Services; Regent on the Board of Regents of Chaminade University of Honolulu; Board Member of Effective Planning and Innovative Communications, Inc. (“EPIC”); Board member of CP Hui; former Member of Hawaiian Lodge F&AM; former Member of Elk’s Lodge, #616; former Member of the Homerule Movement; former Member of the Pualeilani Choral Group; past President of the King Kamehameha Hawaiian Civic Club; former Board Member of the State Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Member of Pa Kui A Lua; member, Hawaii Historic Arms Association; and former Chair of the Advisory Board for the Hawaii Family Support Center.  Judge Yim was the recipient of the 1998 Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce O’O Award, recognizing his outstanding service to the community.

    From August 2002 until his retirement at the end of January 2021, the Judge served as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Liliuoklani Trust, after serving for almost 18 and1/2 years together with his cherished colleagues, in the most rewarding capacity of his life, on behalf of the kamalii and their families of our Lahui.  He continues as an advisor to various organizations in the community.