June 18, 2018
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Deadline extended for circuit court judgeship applications

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

The application deadline for judges and lawyers who would like to be considered for a spot on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6.

U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree announced Thursday in a joint press release that they were extending the deadline, originally set for 5 p.m. April 21.

Ed Gilman, a spokesman for Michaud, said Friday that the deadline for applications was extended after it proved impossible to schedule a meeting of all nine members of the selection committee within two weeks of the original deadline.

Interviews of selected applicants most likely will take place the week of May 16, according to the press release.

Appellate Judge Kermit Lipez, 69, of South Portland, a First Circuit judge since 1998, has announced that he plans to make the transition from active status on Dec. 31 or when his successor is confirmed but will maintain a full caseload.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Boston, is a six-member court that considers cases on appeal from U.S. district courts in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a resume and no more than three letters of reference, the press release said.

Candidates should call Peter Chandler in Michaud’s office at 202-225-6306 or Jackie Potter in Pingree’s office at 207-774-5019 for instructions on how to electronically submit application materials.

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