From the Bench: A Talk with Judge Thomas Connors

The Honorable Thomas A. Connors was appointed to the Massachusetts District Court by Governor William Weld in 1995. In 2004 he was appointed to the Superior Court Bench of Massachusetts by Governor Mitt Romney. As an attorney, he had built an impressive career in a solo practice that handled everything from real estate closings to murder cases. Judge Connors shares what prompted him to attend Boston College Law School and why he ultimately gravitated to the criminal side of law. His intellect, humor, and candor shine as he discusses the judiciary and some of the “hottest” topics in the courthouse, for example, why there is no WiFi and why (per feedback from many disgruntled jurors) the vending machines offer only “junk”. Judge Connors retired in 2020 after serving for many years as the Regional Administrative Justice in Norfolk County. He has kept busy by continuing to serve the community: in 2021 he was named to the Board of Directors for The English High School Alumni Association in Jamaica Plain, his alma mater, and to the Advisory Panel of the Technical Pathways Program, one of the Boston Public Schools’ most exciting programs to prepare students to be leaders. Judge Connors also serves on the Medfield Historical Society.