January 27, 2016

Hirono Calls For Confirmation Of U.S. District Court Of Hawaii Nominee Clare Connors

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed Clare Connors, nominee for the U.S. District Court Judgeship for the District of Hawaii, to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senator Hirono affirmed Ms. Connors’ vast experience, and called for the Committee to approve her confirmation quickly.

“Clare is a first rate intellect and is described by her peers as an attorney of great integrity who works extremely hard and treats everyone with respect,” said Senator Hirono. “It is because of Clare’s respected standing that the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission recommended her out of a record number of interested applicants. I expect that this Committee will agree as well. I look forward to seeing her nomination be confirmed.” 

Click here to watch Senator Hirono’s full opening statement in support of Ms. Connors.

Ms. Connors was nominated in September 2015 by President Obama to fill the vacant U.S. District Court judge position created by Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway’s retirement from active service. Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is the first step in the Senate’s confirmation process.

Clare Connors is a trial attorney who began her legal career in 2001 with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2002, she served as a clerk for the Honorable Judge David Ezra, in his capacity as a federal district court judge. She returned to Hawaii to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney. She continues to practice law as an associate at Davis Levin Livingston in Hawaii.

A graduate of Punahou School, Ms. Connors has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Yale College and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.  Ms. Connors has served on the faculty of the William S. Richardson School of Law as a Lecturer in Law for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic. In 2014, she was appointed to be a Lawyer Representative for the District of Hawaii to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and previously served as a Lawyer Delegate to the Hawaii District Conference.

Clare Connors hearing

Clare Connors greets Senator Hirono with a lei