Thomas A. Conners
Class of ’68

A native of Dorchester, Tom enrolled as a commuting student at Boston College following graduation from English High. He received a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in political science in 1972 and later a J.D. degree from its Law School. Following graduation, he conducted a general legal practice in Dorchester for eighteen years, specializing in criminal trial work. The Boston Bar Association presented him its Thurgood Marshall Award for public service in providing trial advocacy to indigent criminal defendants in Suffolk County.

In 1995, he was appointed by Governor William Weld as a judge in the District Court, where he served in numerous Courts in the Boston area. In 2004, he was named and confirmed as a justice of the Superior Court, serving for sixteen years and sitting primarily in Boston and Dedham. He served as Regional Administrative Justice for Norfolk County for the six years prior to his retirement in 2020. He was recognized by that County’s Bar Association as Person of the Year in 2019. During his years as a judge, he returned to Boston College Law School to teach as a member of its adjunct faculty, and he also lectured at many Trial Court judicial trainings.

Tom and his wife Kathleen, reside in Medfield, where he is a member of the Town’s Historical Commission. During his years as a trial judge, Tom returned several times to speak to English High students. He is very pleased in retirement to be more active in assisting our school as a member of the Alumni Board and as an advisor to the Pathways Program’s Law and Protective Services component.