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President Biden Nominates Clare Connors as US Attorney in Hawai‘i

September 28, 2021, 8:40 AM HST
* Updated September 28, 8:49 AM
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Hawaiʻi Attorney General Clare E Connors. PC: file courtesy Office of the Governor

President Joe Biden has nominated Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors to serve as US Attorney for the District of Hawai‘i.

The nomination follows recommendations by US Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) or Connors for the position.

Senators Schatz and Hirono released a joint statement saying:

“Clare Connors is an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai‘i. Clare’s broad experience, including as Hawai‘i’s current Attorney General, makes her an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to fill this important vacancy. With her strong background in public service and her proven commitment to justice, we are confident she will serve the people of Hawai‘i well. We were proud to recommend her to the President, and we look forward to working with our colleagues to ensure a speedy confirmation process.”

Connors was among nine new nominees announced by President Biden today to serve as US Attorneys across the country. This brings to 25 the total number of nominees the President has announced to serve as US Attorneys to date.

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Clare E. Connors has served as the Attorney General of Hawai‘i since January 2019. Prior to her appointment, she was an attorney at the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu from 2011 to 2018. From 2004 to 2011, Connors served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawai‘i.

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Connors also served as a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2003 to 2004. She also served as a law clerk for Judge David Alan Ezra on the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i from 2002 to 2003.

Connors received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002 and her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College in 1996.

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