Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge O’Connor in December 2010. Judge O’Connor received a bachelor of arts degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctorate in 1984 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. From 1999 to December 2010, he was the directing attorney of the Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center at Indiana Legal Services Inc. From 1994 to 1999, he was senior attorney for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. During that time, Judge O’Connor was a judge pro tem for the San Diego Municipal Court. From 1998 to 1999, he served as an adjunct professor of immigration law in the paralegal program at Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista, Calif. From 1988 to 1994, he was a staff attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Inc. During that time, from 1993 to 1994, Judge O’Connor was a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court. From 1985 to 1988, he was staff attorney for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles. From 1984 to 1985, Judge O’Connor was an associate with Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolf & Levanas in Los Angeles. Judge O’Connor is a member of the State Bar of California and the Indiana State Bar.