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Schatz, Hirono Announce Nomination Of Micah Smith To U.S. District Court For Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i High, Harvard Law Graduate’s Nomination To Be Considered By The Senate

HONOLULU – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) today announced the nomination of Micah Smith to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i. Smith was among those recommended to President Biden by Senators Hirono and Schatz, and a merit-based Federal Judicial Selection Commission.

“Micah Smith is an excellent nominee whose professional experience as a federal prosecutor, along with his personal experience as a public school graduate and the son of an immigrant, makes him well-qualified to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge. With his strong background in public service and his commitment to justice, we are proud to support his nomination,” the Senators said.

A graduate of Kaua‘i High School, Micah W. J. Smith has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawai‘i since 2018. He is currently Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Criminal Civil Rights Coordinator in that office. He has also been the office’s Chief of Appeals and Legal Strategy since 2022. Previously, Smith served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2012 to 2018. From 2008 to 2012, he was an associate and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. Smith served as a law clerk for Justice David H. Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2007 to 2008 and Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2006 to 2007. Smith received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2006 and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2003.