HONOLULU (AP) - Three Hawaii residents have been selected as recommended nominees to fill a federal judgeship in Honolulu.
U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz are recommending the names to President Barack Obama, who will select the person to replace Hawaii U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway.
Mollway is taking on senior status, which is a form of semi-retirement for federal judges.
The nominees are former state Attorney General David Louie, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Otake and private practice trial attorney Clare Connors.
The Federal Judicial Selection Commission agreed upon the names after reviewing more than 30 applicants.
The White House is expected announce a selection before Mollway assumes senior status in November. She's been a Hawaii federal judge since 1998.