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Thursday, May. 16, 2013
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SJC seeks judicial evaluations in five courts in Essex county; Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel seeking judicial applicants in Maine

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SJC seeks judicial evaluations in five courts in Essex county

As part of the continuing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court will send questionnaires to attorneys, court employees and jurors in Essex County. Judges in the District Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court, Housing Court and Probate and Family Court will be evaluated beginning May 20.

Lawyers who have appeared in these courts multiple times, in the last two years -- according to court records -- will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will receive an e-mail requesting them to log into the court's website to complete the evaluation electronically. As required by statute, the electronic system keeps the evaluations confidential and anonymous. If there is no attorney e-mail on file, then a paper questionnaire is mailed.

The aggregate evaluation results will be transmitted to the judge, the Chief Justice of the judge's court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice of the Trial Court.

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Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel seeking judicial applicants in Maine

Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced the formation of a Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen and review the qualifications of applicants for the vacant bankruptcy judgeship in Maine. The successful candidate will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. James B. Haines Jr., who has served as the bankruptcy judge in Portland since 1990.

Under the statute providing for the appointment of bankruptcy judges, the courts of appeals, assisted by the circuit councils, have the duty of filling vacancies on the bankruptcy court in each circuit. 28 U.S.C. § 152. The Merit Selection Panel will recommend to the circuit council individuals whose character, experience and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as U.S. bankruptcy judges. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms by the Court of Appeals.

The court is seeking attorneys with demonstrated excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law and/or commercial litigation. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the Bankruptcy Court Clerk for the District of Maine, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website. Persons interested in applying for this position should send their applications to: Susan J. Goldberg, deputy circuit executive, Office of the Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210.

In making the appointment, applicants will be reviewed without discrimination as to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Applicants should be admitted to practice in at least one state court and should be members in good standing of every bar to which they belong.

Applicants should possess and have a reputation for integrity and good character and be of sound physical and mental health. Applicants must possess and have demonstrated a commitment to equal justice under law. Applicants must also possess and have demonstrated outstanding legal ability and competence as evidenced by substantial legal experience, ability to deal with complex legal problems, aptitude for legal scholarship and writing and familiarity with courts and court processes. Applicants must also possess demeanor, character and personality to indicate that they would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed to the position of United States Bankruptcy Judge. The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $160,080.

Pursuant to Section 120 of the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, the Judicial Council of the First Circuit will make recommendations to the United States Court of Appeals which will make the appointment. Applications are to be received by Monday, July 1, 2013.

 

 

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