Attorney General Clare Connors has named Kimberly Tsumoto Guidry the state’s new solicitor general.
The solicitor general oversees most state and federal appeals in the Attorney General’s Office, including briefs filed on behalf of the state at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Guidry joined the AG’s appellate division in 2002, and for the past eight years served as first deputy solicitor general. She is a member of the state Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Hawaii Rules of Appellate Procedure, and recently completed a three-year term as a member of the court’s Board of Bar Examiners.
Guidry has litigated many complex appellate cases in state and federal appellate courts on a wide array of issues, according to an announcement of her appointment.
Her practice has included serving as counsel of record on a multi-state U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on a criminal sentencing issue, and successfully defending the state’s use-tax scheme against a constitutional challenge heard by the state Supreme Court.
“Kim’s devotion to public service and her years of appellate experience make her an invaluable asset to our department,” said Connors.”
Guidry is a graduate of Kalani High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her law degree from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.