BANGOR, Maine — The Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended confirmation by the state Senate of Bruce C. Mallonee of Bangor.
Mallonee, 55, was nominated earlier this month by Gov. John Baldacci to the District Court bench.
The Senate will meet for a special session at 10 a.m. Friday and is expected to confirm Mallonee.
If confirmed, Mallonee is expected to preside in Ellsworth and replace former District Court Judge Bernard Staples. Staples, 77, of Hulls Cove retired in July after more than two decades on the bench.
Representatives from the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the Penobscot County Bar Association spoke in favor of Mallonee’s nomination. No spoke in opposition.
The Judiciary Committee also recommended that District Court Judge Christine Foster of Portland be reappointed. She first was appointed in 1996.
Judicial appointments are for seven years.
Mallonee has been recognized by the Maine Bar Foundation and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project for his pro bono, or volunteer, work as an attorney. He is active in the Bangor community, having served as former director for Downeast Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bangor Education Foundation.
He also has been a board member for the American Folk Festival in Bangor since its inception and serves on the board of the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock. In addition, Mallonee has served on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor and sings in two local choirs.
Mallonee is the fifth judge to be plucked from Rudman and Winchell by a governor. Founder Abraham Rudman, his son Paul Rudman, Gene Carter and Robert Murray all worked at the firm before their appointments.
He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. He is married to LeeAnne Mallonee, a calligrapher and graphic artist. They have two children, Brennan Mallonee, 27, of Boston and Corey Mallonee, 25, of Pittsburgh.