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John James McConnell, American lawyer. Recipient Childhood Lead Action Project award, 1998, President's award National Association Attorneys General, 1998, Dorothy Lohman Public service award 1998, Silver Bullet award Rhode Island American Red Cross, Bertram Jaffee award Rhode Island Public Health Association, 2006, Hope award Rhode Island Democratic Party, 2006, others.


McConnell, John James was born on May 9, 1958 in Providence. Son of John James Senior and Mary Jane (Macioci) McConnell.


AB, Brown University, Providence, 1980. Juris Doctor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1983.


Law clerk Rhode Island Supreme Court, Providence, 1983-1984. Associate Mandell, Goodman, Famiglietti & Schwartz, Ltd., 1984-1986, Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole, Providence, 1986-1989. Partner, 1989—2003; attorney Motley Rice LLC, since 2003.

Instructor American Institute Paralegal Studies, Philadelphia, 1985—1990. Visiting professor department political science University Rhode Island, spring 2000. Member advisory board Providence Mediation Center, 2000—2002.


  • Bar: Rhode Island 1983, Massachusetts 1984, United States District Court Rhode Island 1984, United States District Court Massachusetts 1984, United States Court Appeals (1st circuit) 1986, South Carolina 1987, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1991, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1999, District of Columbia 2000, United States District Court District of Columbia 2000, Ohio 2004.


Volunteer Big Brothers of Rhode Island, Providence, 1984-1989. Member advisory committee Law Related Education Program, Providence, 1985-1987. Secretary George Wiley Center, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1985-1988, board directors, 1985-1988.

Member board management Greater Providence Young Men’s Christian Association, 1985-1986. Co-chair annual fund Trinity Reperatory Theatre, 1999, trustee, since 2000, co-chair government affairs committee, 2001-2004, chairman board since 2006. Board directors Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, 1997-2001.

Trustee National Democratic Committee, since 1996. Treasurer Rhode Island PAC, since 1995, Providence PAC, since 2005. Member finance committee York for Governor, 1994.

Acting executive director Rhode Island Democratic State Committee, 1995-1997. Rhode Island chair Bill Bradley for President campaign, 1999-2000, Providence Tourism Council, since 2003. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Rhode Island Bar Association, Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, Amnesty International, Save The Bay, Clean Water Action.


Married Sara Elizabeth Shea, November 1, 1986.

John James Senior McConnell

Mary Jane (Macioci) McConnell

Sara Elizabeth Shea