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Governor LePage Announces Judicial Nominees
December 27, 2011
AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage today announced the nominations of Nancy Carlson and Evert Fowle to serve as District Court Judges; the nomination of Judge E. Paul Eggert for a third term as District Court Judge; and the nomination of Joseph Field as an Active Retired Judge of the District Court.
“I am happy to put forward this strong group of nominees,” said LePage. “When choosing judges, I put people before politics and my focus remains on selecting nominees who will apply the law in the fair and even- handed manner.”
Carlson, a resident of Dixfield, has served as a Family Court Magistrate since 1998. Prior to that, she served as Director of the Bureau of Child and Family Services in the Department of Human Services for nearly four years under both Governors King and McKernan and as an Assistant Attorney General. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the New England School of Law.
Fowle, a resident of Vassalboro, is serving his third term as District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset Counties, having been first elected as a Democrat in 2002. Prior to his election, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Kennebec and Somerset Counties for 17 years. He is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Syracuse University College of Law.
Judge Eggert, a resident of Portland, was first nominated to the District Court by Governor King in 1997 and was nominated for a second term by Governor Baldacci in 2004. Before he became a judge, he was in private practice in Portland for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.
Judge Field, a resident of Freeport, has served on the bench since 1990. He was first nominated to the District Court in 1990 by Governor McKernan and was subsequently nominated for additional terms by Governors King and Baldacci. Before being nominated to the bench, he practiced law for 14 years, including over 10 years in private practice and over three years as a prosecutor. Judge Field is a Coast Guard veteran, having served 4 years on Active Duty and 19 years in the Reserves, retiring at the rank of Commander. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Maine School of Law.
Judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate. The Judiciary Committee is expected to hold confirmation hearings on the nominees on January 24th at 1:00 p.m.