Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Senate Confirms Bennett as Ninth Circuit Judge
By a MetNews Staff Writer
MARK J. BENNETT
Ninth Circuit Judge
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed, in a 72-27 vote, Mark J. Bennett’s appointment as judge of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bennett, 65, will take the seat vacated by Judge Richard R. Clifton, who took senior status in December 2016. Like Clifton, his chambers will be in Honolulu.
Before his appointment by President Donald J. Trump in February, Bennett was the director of Starn, O’Toole, Marcus & Fisher in Honolulu, where he worked since 2011. Prior to that, he was attorney general of Hawaii from 2003-10.
From 1990 to 2002 he worked at McCorriston, Miller, Mukai & MacKinnon LLP in Honolulu, first as of counsel and then as a partner. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law from 1991-93, and again in 2001 and 2008.
After obtaining his J.D. from Cornell in 1979, he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia from 1980-82, then in the District of Hawaii from 1982-89.
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