U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Kahala Watson

It turns out that Judge Derrick Watson, the U.S. District Court Judge who on Wednesday ruled against President Trump's temporary travel restriction, has an interesting connection to President Obama: both he and the 44th president were classmates at Harvard Law School.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports:

U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who halted President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban Wednesday, is a 1984 graduate of Kamehameha Schools who was in President Barack Obama’s class at Harvard Law School.

Watson, 50, was appointed by Obama in November 2012 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2013. Watson said in a June 2013 interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he never met Obama at Harvard and knew him only as head of the school’s law review.

President Obama made a surprise visit to his home state of Hawaii on Monday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported earlier this week.