Governor Announces Judicial Nominees

03/08/2016 02:08 PM EST


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today judicial nominations of three lawyers to serve as judges in Maine Superior and District Courts and three Active Retired Judges for the Maine Superior and District Courts.

Governor LePage has nominated attorney Harold Stewart II to serve as a Maine Superior Court Justice and Attorneys Deborah Cashman and Patrick Larson to serve as Judges in Maine District Court.

The Hon. Allen Hunter is nominated to serve as an Active Retired Justice in Maine Superior Court and Hon. E. Paul Eggert and Hon. Keith Powers are nominated to serve as Active Retired Judges in District Court.

Harold Stewart II, of Presque Isle, is an attorney at Stewart Law Office, a division of Marden, Dubord, Bernier & Stevens, PA, LLC. Stewart specializes in insurance defense litigation, real estate and mediation services. He graduated from University of Maine Orono with a degree in chemical engineering with an emphasis in pulp and paper. He is a graduate of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Deborah Cashman, of West Bath, is an assistant attorney general at the Office of the Attorney General, responsible for the prosecution of homicide cases throughout the State of Maine. Prior to her serving as assistant attorney general, she was the assistant district attorney in Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Androscoggin Counties. She also has practiced in the private sector at the Law Office of Deborah L. Potter, concentrating in the areas of criminal and family law. Cashman is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Maine School of Law. Patrick Larson, of Bangor, is an assistant attorney general at the Office of the Attorney General, responsible for prosecution of felony drug cases. Prior to his serving as assistant attorney general he served as assistant district attorney in Penobscot and Hancock Counties. Larson also was a partner at Ferm, Collier & Larson, concentrating in the areas of criminal defense, family law, business litigation and real estate. Larson is a graduate of the University of Maine and Ohio Northern University College of Law.

Hon. E. Paul Eggert, of Portland, is a judge presiding in the non-jury general jurisdiction court, hearing a variety of civil and family matter cases. He was a member of the committee to establish a Unified Criminal Docket in Cumberland County, encompassing all criminal cases in both the District Courts and the Superior Court. He has administrative responsibility for the ninth District Court in both Portland and Bridgton. At Mittel, Asen, Eggert, Hunter & Carey, he litigated in all Maine courts and the U.S. District Court, representing clients in criminal, personal injury and divorce cases. Eggert is a graduate of University of Maine Orono and University of Maine School of Law.

Hon. E. Allen Hunter, of Caribou, served as a Justice in the Maine Superior Court from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Solman and Hunter, P.A. in Caribou from 1976 to 2001. He also served as a Superior Court Bailiff in Spokane County Superior Court in Spokane, Wash. Hunter is a graduate of University of Maine Orono and Gonzaga University School of Law.

Hon. Keith A. Powers, of Cape Elizabeth, has been a Maine District Court Judge since 1998. He served as a trial lawyer at Preti & Flaherty Law Firm from 1974 to 1998. Prior to that, he was a law clerk for Justice Randolph Weatherbee of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Powers is a graduate of Brown University and University of Maine School of Law.

The Judiciary Committee of the 127th Legislature will hear all Gubernatorial Judicial nominations, and the Committee will schedule public hearings.

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