BANGOR, Maine — Local lawyer James S. Nixon has been appointed as Maine’s representative to the National Criminal Justice Act Panel by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock.
The panel oversees attorneys assigned by federal judges to represent indigent defendants who are charged with federal crimes.
Nixon replaces Bangor lawyer Bruce Mallonee, who was confirmed by the state Senate last week to be a District Court judge.
Nixon will represent all panel attorneys in the state who are assigned by the court to represent defendants charged with federal crimes. The CJA panel representative also acts as the point of contact between panel members and others within the judicial branch, Woodcock said last week in a press release.
In addition, the representative acts as a resource to all panel members, works with the Federal Public Defender’s Office to assure competent representation of criminal defendants, and provides continuing legal education to Maine attorneys.
Nixon is a partner in the law firm of Gross, Minsky & Mogul in Bangor. His practice focuses on commercial transactions and commercial and criminal litigation.
He is a 1984 graduate of Waterville High School and a 1988 graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Latin. Nixon earned his law degree in 1994 from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Nixon now serves on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure and the U.S. District Court’s Local Rules Advisory Committee. He served previously on several advisory committees to Maine’s federal courts in Bangor and Portland.
Nixon also has been active in the Penobscot County Bar Association, serving as president in 2005.