Judicial Selection Committee Members Announced Today by Governor LePage
For Immediate Release: Friday, April 29, 2011
Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul LePage today named the members of his Judicial Selection Committee and announced that he is now seeking applicants for two upcoming judicial vacancies.
"I am pleased to have a group of experienced attorneys to advise me on judicial appointments. One of a governor's lasting legacies is his judicial appointments and I take my responsibility to nominate judges very seriously. I look forward to working closely with this distinguished group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all parts of the State to ensure that Maine people continue to be served by a high quality judiciary," said Governor LePage.
The members of the Governor's Judicial Selection Committee are Joshua Tardy, Esq., Irwin Tardy & Morris, LLC, Newport; Gloria Pinza, Esq., Pierce Atwood, LLP, Portland; Ann Robinson, Esq., Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP, Augusta; Geoffrey Rushlau, District Attorney, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, & Waldo Counties; Harold Stewart II, Esq., Stewart Law Office, P.A., Presque Isle; Michael Friedman, Esq., Rudman & Winchell, Bangor; John Hobson, Esq., Perkins Thompson, P.A., Portland. Tardy will serve as the committee's chair.
The committee will immediately get to work.
District Court Judge Roland Beaudoin recently announced his retirement effective May 1, 2011. Superior Court Justice Arthur Brennan is also retiring, effective August 26, 2011. The Governor's Judicial Selection Committee is now accepting applications for both positions. Application materials can be found online.
The committee's first responsibility will be to screen candidates for the District Court position. The person selected for the position will be assigned to Bangor District Court. As a result, the committee is specifically seeking candidates who live within reasonable commuting distance from Bangor. Applications submitted by May 9, 2011 will be considered for the District Court position. Interested attorneys who submitted applications to the last administration who remain interested in being considered must submit a new application.