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Governor Announces Nominations to Courts

August 3, 2009

AUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci today announced the nomination of seven people to the Maine courts.

Justice Joseph Jabar is being nominated to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, replacing Justice Robert Clifford. Justice Clifford is being nominated as Active Retired Associate Justice to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Justice Samuel Collins Jr. is being renominated as Active Retired Associate Justice to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Judge Ronald Daigle and Judge James MacMichael are being nominated as Active Retired District Court Judges.

Governor Baldacci is also nominating Beth Dobson and Daniel Driscoll to the District Court.

“These nominees bring a great depth of experience and judicial temperament to the bench,” said Governor Baldacci. “I am confident that those I have named will serve the State with utmost diligence, contributing their talent and wisdom to Maine’s citizens and courts.”

Justice Joseph Jabar, of Waterville, has served on the Superior Court since 2001. Prior to his service on the bench, Justice Jabar served in private practice for 22 years at Jabar, Batten, Ringer & Murphy Law Firm. He served in the Maine State Legislature from 1996 to 1999. He is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law.

Justice Clifford, of Lewiston, has served Maine for 30 years on the bench. He was an associate and partner at the Law Offices of Clifford & Clifford from 1964-1979. He sat on the Lewiston City Council from 1968 to 1970 and was a two-term Mayor of the City of Lewiston (1971-1972). Justice Clifford served in the Maine State Senate for two terms (1973-1976). He received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Justice Samuel Collins Jr., of Rockland, was appointed in 1988 to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He retired and was first appointed to active retired status to the Court in 1994. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Collins served 10 years as a State Senator, two years of which as Senator Majority Leader. He practiced law for 40 years. Justice Collins is a Caribou native, and graduated from the University of Maine and Harvard School of Law.

Judge Ronald Daigle, of Fort Kent, has served on the District Court since 1984. Prior to his appointment on the bench, Judge Daigle ran his own law practice for 14 years. Judge Daigle is a graduate of Boston College and University of Maine School of Law.

Judge James MacMichael, of Skowhegan, has has served on the District Court since 1996. He served 30 years as a trial lawyer prior to being appointed to the Court. Judge MacMichael earned degrees from Bowdoin College and Boston University School of Law.

Beth Dobson, of Portland, has been employed for 30 years by the firm Verrill Dana, where she is currently a partner. Dobson concentrates in administrative law and regulatory compliance in the areas of health care and banking. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Maine Law School.

Daniel Driscoll, of Kennebunk, currently serves as Family Law Magistrate with the Portland District Court. A former Assistant Attorney General, Driscoll also has civil litigation experience at firms in Maine and Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Maine and J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.

Judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate. A Senate confirmation session is scheduled for Aug. 24.

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