Maine Law alums will help decide next federal judge for Maine

Six of the 12 members of a judicial screening panel, announced this week by Maine’s Congressional delegation, are graduates of the University of Maine School of Law.

The panel will assess candidates to fill an upcoming judgeship vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. The Hon. George Z. Singal is scheduled to take senior status on July 31.

Democratic U.S.Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, and Independent Sen. Angus King announced the members of the panel on Feb. 4.

Chairing the panel will be Peter DeTroy, Maine Law ’72, of Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland. Other Maine Law alums on the panel include Deirdre M. Smith, ’94, Professor of Law and Director of the Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic; Joseph Baiungo, ’92, attorney in Belfast; Michael T. Bigos, ’03, attorney at Berman & Simmons in Lewiston; James Case, ’74, attorney at McTeague Higbee in Topsham; and Patricia Peard, ’88, attorney at Bernstein Shur Sawyer Nelson in Portland.

“We’re honored that such an experienced and diverse group of Mainers has agreed to serve on this screening panel,” the delegation members said in a news release. “We’d like to thank them for their service, and we’re confident they’ll be instrumental in helping us make a highly qualified recommendation to President Obama.”

The deadline for candidates to submit application materials for consideration by the screening panel is Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. All interested candidates should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a resume, and three letters of recommendation to judicial@mail.house.gov.