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Watson, Derrick Kahala
Born 1966 in Honolulu, HI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 4, 2013, to a seat vacated by David Alan Ezra. Confirmed by the Senate on April 18, 2013, and received commission on April 23, 2013.

Harvard University, A.B., 1988
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1991

Professional Career:
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1991-1995, 2000-2007
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of California, 1995-2000; deputy chief, Civil Division, 1999-2000
U.S. Army Reserve captain, JAG Corps, 1998-2006
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Hawaii, 2007-2013; chief, Civil Division, 2009-2013

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, November 14, 2012; no Senate vote


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