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Hampden man is new judge

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Surrounded by his children, Katie (from left) Billy and Gregory, new district court judge Greg Campbell grins as he faces a packed court room after his children helped him into a robe for the first time on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

BANGOR — Gov. Paul LePage administered the oath of office on July 1 to the first person to become a judge in his administration, Gregory Campbell of Hampden.

The new District Court judge, a former assistant district attorney, was accompanied by his wife, Margaret Campell, also a lawyer, and their children, Katie, Greg and Billy.

His parents, Charles and Eleanor Campbell of Brewer; and his sister, Marie Carolan of Wellesley, Mass., also were present.

“Judge Campbell will be a fine addition to the District Court,” said the governor. “He has served as a prosecutor at the county, state and federal level. That, coupled with his work in private practice, has equipped him with the experience he will need to serve Maine from the bench. We will all benefit from his service.”

LePage commended the Judicial Selection Committee for its hard work screening and interviewing applicants for the bench. Josh Tardy, chairman of the committee, attended the ceremony. Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and judges from the state’s lower courts also were present.

“We see the results of the governor’s work to create a judicial selection process that is attentive to the justice needs of Maine people, is taken very seriously, and is respected by those who most need the system,” said Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Supreme Judicial Court.  “We are very fortunate in Maine to have all three branches working together to assure that Maine people have access to justice.”

Campbell previously served as assistant district attorney for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties starting in 1985. He also served as special assistant United States attorney and assistant attorney general.

Campbell worked in the private sector for two years at Richardson, Troubh & Badger. He is a graduate of Brewer High School, Bates College and the University of Maine School of Law. He was an intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk when she was Penobscot County district attorney.

He will fill a position vacated by Judge Roland Beaudoin, who retired. Campbell will begin working in Biddeford before presiding permanently in Bangor.

The governor expects to make his next judicial nomination in September for a Superior Court vacancy. Judicial terms are seven years.

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