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Governor LePage Announces Judicial Nominees

March 22, 2018

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today several judicial nominations to the Maine District Court as well as nominations for Active Retired Judges.

Governor LePage has nominated Brent A. Davis, Tammy Ham-Thompson, Stephen D. Nelson and Lea-Anne Sutton for District Court Judge.

Brent A. Davis of Skowhegan is currently chief legal counsel to Governor LePage. He served as assistant district attorney and first district attorney for the Somerset/Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office beginning in 2000. His prior experience includes service as a police officer in Rockport and work in private industry. Davis is a graduate of the University of Maine and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Maine School of Law.

Tammy Ham-Thompson of Gardiner has served as a family law magistrate for the District Court since 2016. She previously was a partner at Farris Law handling family law and general litigation cases for twelve years. Ham-Thompson has also worked as a sole practitioner. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine and holds a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law in Boston.

Stephen D. Nelson of Houlton is an attorney with Severson, Hand & Nelson practicing in the areas of family law, small business representation, civil litigation, and estate planning/probate administration. He serves as the contract attorney providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence through the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians domestic violence program. Nelson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Maine and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

Lea-Anne Sutton of Gorham is an attorney in the Maine Department of the Attorney General serving as a felony drug prosecutor in the Criminal Division and assigned to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. She has worked for the AG’s office since 1995 and was the department’s employee of the year in 2009. She has served as an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Sutton is a graduate of Smith College in Northhampton, Mass., and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

Governor LePage has nominated Judge Andre G. Janelle, Judge Bernard G. O'Mara and Judge Patricia G. Worth to serve as Active Retired Judges for the District Court.

Judge Janelle of Saco has served in the Maine District Court since 1986. He previously served as a legislative counsel to Governor Brennan and was an assistant attorney general for the State of Maine. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Judge Janelle earned his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.

Judge O’Mara of Dyer Brook has served in the Maine District Court since 2003. Prior to becoming a judge, he served in private practice, including as corporate counsel at Vahlsing, Inc. in Easton, at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Presque Isle and as a sole practitioner. A graduate of the University of Maine Orono, he earned his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law.

Judge Patricia Worth of Belfast has served in the District Court since 2000. She worked at Woodward Law Office prior to joining the Maine District Court. She has also served as Assistant District Attorney in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo Counties. Worth is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Maine School of Law.

The Judiciary Committee of the 128th Legislature will hear all Gubernatorial Judicial nominations, and the Committee will schedule public hearings.

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