On September 8, 2015, President Obama announced that he nominated attorney Clare Connors to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Hawaii. Connors, currently an associate here at Davis Levin Livingston, has had an exceptionally distinguished career.
She graduated cum laude from Yale, then worked for the City of New York before graduating from Harvard Law School. She received the Heyman Fellowship Award for her commitment to public service in the federal government. Returning to Hawaii, she served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge David Alan Ezra. She then entered the prestigious Attorney General’s Honor Program at the Department of Justice in Washington, where she was a trial attorney in the Tax Division. She continued her trial work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Hawaii, where she prosecuted fraud, money laundering, tax offenses, and crimes against children.
She joined Davis Levin Livingston in 2011 to pursue civil litigation. She has also served as a Lecturer in Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, was a contributor to the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Federal Appellate Practice Manual, was the 2014 Lawyer Representative for the District of Hawaii to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and was previously a Lawyer Delegate to the Hawaii District Conference.
Connors was recommended for the federal bench by Hawaii’s U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz. The Federal Judicial Selection Commission selected Connors after reviewing more than 30 applications.
“Clare is an outstanding choice to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii,” said Mark Davis, partner at Davis Levin Livingston. “She has been a tremendous asset to our firm. Her strong commitment to public service and her broad experience in civil and litigation wotrk ensure she will do an exemplary job for the Court and for the people of Hawaii. It has been a privilege to work with her, and we offer her our heartfelt congratulations.”