May 27, 2020
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LePage nominates Portland lawyer to District Court bench

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated longtime Portland lawyer Michael A. Duddy of Cape Elizabeth to the District Court bench.

LePage also nominated for reappointment Beth Dobson of Falmouth and Daniel F. Driscoll of Biddeford to serve as District Court judges, according to a press release posted on the governor’s website.

Duddy is a lawyer with Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman. He has represented health care organizations in dealing with compliance and risk management issues, the release said. Duddy, who has been in private practice in Maine since 1993, also is familiar with immigration, employment and labor law and business and corporate law.

Efforts to reach Duddy on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a master’s degree in public policy and management at the University of Southern Maine and his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Duddy attained the rank of lieutenant commander as a surface warfare officer.

Duddy is a licensed professional forester, a licensed and ISA Certified arborist, and he holds the ISA tree risk assessment qualification, according to his profile on his law firm’s website. In 2004, Duddy was presented with the American Hiking Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award in Maine for his work on the town of Cape Elizabeth’s greenbelt system, and in 2014, he was presented with the town’s Ralph T. Gould Award for his continued work on open spaces.

Duddy is married with two children.

Dobson and Driscoll first were appointed in 2009 by Gov. John Baldacci.

Judicial terms in Maine are for seven years and subject to confirmation by the Senate after a hearing before the Judiciary Committee.

The committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on the nominations announced Tuesday.


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