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Connors, Timothy


308 Hutchins Hall

The Hon. Tim Connors has been a state court judge since 1991. For 11 of those years, he served as a chief judge. He has served by appointment as judge pro tem for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Judge Connors is the presiding judge of the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court and the Juvenile Court. He also presides over cases in the Civil Division of the Washtenaw County Trial Court.

Judge Connors is the author of "Our Children are Sacred, Why the Indian Child Welfare Act Matters" (American Bar Association's The Judges' Journal, Spring 2011) and "Crow Dogs vs. Spotted Tail: Case Closed?" (Michigan Bar Journal, July 2010). He coauthored "Tribal Court Peacemaking: A Model for the Michigan State Court System?" (Michigan Bar Journal, June 2015).

Judge Connors is a three-time recipient of the Justice Blair Moody Award for significant contributions to judicial excellence. In 2014, he was awarded the Child Welfare Jurist of the Year Award by the Foster Care Review Board. He also received the Peace Builder Award on behalf of the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court from the Dispute Resolution Center. This award was given "in recognition of outstanding commitment to the practice of just and humane resolution of social conflict." Also in 2014, dbusiness recognized Judge Connors as one of the "top circuit court judges" in Southeast Michigan. This recognition was based on integrity, knowledge of the law, efficiency, and judicial temperament. Judge Connors was awarded the Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award for dedicated service to protecting the rights of American Indians from the Michigan State Bar Indian Law Section. He also was presented the Patriot Award for outstanding service to the bench, the Bar, and the community from the Washtenaw County Bar Association in 2009.

In 2014, Judge Connors was elected chairman of the board of Eversight, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the restoration of sight. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Tribal Leadership Forum.