March 07, 2018

Hirono, Senate Judiciary Committee Hear from Hawaii Nominee to U.S. District Court Jill Otake

In Nomination Hearing Today, Otake Answers Questions on Professional Record, Judicial Philosophy

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) served as the lead Democrat at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider Jill Otake’s nomination to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

From Senator Hirono’s remarks:

“Ms. Otake’s upbringing, education, and career experience all speak to her qualifications to serve on the federal bench.

“She has tried a large number of cases to verdict, has navigated difficult legal situations, and understands the plight of victims as well as the duties of attorneys. She will continue to serve our state and our nation with integrity.”

Senator Hirono and other Judiciary Committee members questioned Ms. Otake on her past experience and judicial philosophy, and the Committee will vote on her nomination in the coming weeks. Ms. Otake received a “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association and a “qualified” rating from the Hawaii State Bar Association—the highest ratings given by the respective organizations.