Paula Harms received her law degree, with Honors, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2000. Paula then clerked for Magistrate Judge Catherine Walter in the District of Kansas and was employed by the firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon, LLP. In 2002, Paula relocated to Arizona and joined the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender in Phoenix. In 2019, Paula came back to Missouri to join the Capital Habeas Unit here in Kansas City. Paula has represented capital clients in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal and her practice has been exclusively focused on capital representation since 2002.
CHU Assistant Federal Defender