Judge Timothy Connors was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1997. Previously he served as Chief Judge of the 15th District Court from August 1991 to 1997. Connors served as Chief Judge of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court and Washtenaw County Trial Court from 1998 to 2001.
Connors attended Columbia University and the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan in 1977. He received a JD from Wayne State University Law School in 1980. He has served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School since 1993, as a lecturer on the Michigan Law faculty since 2008, and at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Ann Arbor campus, since 2011. He teaches Civil Trial Skills, Family Law, Family Trial Skills, and American Indian Law.
In 1993, 1996, and 2009, Connors received the Blair Moody Award for significant contributions to judicial excellence from the Washtenaw County Association for Justice. In 2009, he received the Patriot Award from the Washtenaw County Bar Association for outstanding service to the bench, the bar, and the community. In 2011, he received the Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award from the Michigan State Bar American Indian Law Section. He is active nationally in tribal-state justice forums. In 2012, Connors served as a Tribal Court Trial Judge for the Little River Bands of Odawa Indians.