Gov. Janet Mills has announced nominations for two candidates to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court and two candidates to Maine’s Superior Court.
The nominees to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court are attorney Catherine Connors of Kennebunk and Superior Court Justice Andrew Horton of Falmouth. They are to take the places of Justices Jeffrey Hjelm, who retired last year, and Donald Alexander, who will be retiring at the end of this month.
For the Superior Court, Mills named as nominees Stephen Nelson of Houlton, who is currently a District Court Judge, and attorney Thomas McKeon.
“With vast experience, sharp intellect, and measured temperament, these nominees are of the highest caliber,” Mills said in a news release. “I am confident that, with their wealth of legal knowledge and proven abilities, they will render fair and impartial justice to the people of our great state.”
The release provided biographical information on each of the nominees:
• Connors has 35 years of experience handling cases in both the Maine Supreme Court and federal appellate courts. She will be the first private practitioner to join the court since 2014. Connors has practiced at the firm Pierce Atwood and is a graduate of Northwestern University and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
• Horton has 42 years of experience as an attorney, District Court judge and Superior Court justice. He also is noted for his writing and editing work on three law treatises. Justice Horton, who has been appointed by the three previous governors, is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown Law School.
• Nelson has 17 years of experience as an attorney and judge in Aroostook County, and has served as a president of the Maine State Bar Association. Judge Nelson is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and University of Maine School of Law.
• McKeon has nearly 30 years of experience practicing law with the firm Richardson, Whitman, Large and Badger as a counselor, litigator and mediator. McKeon is a graduate of Colby College, Columbia University Teachers College and Boston College Law School.
Connors and Horton are Mills’ first nominations to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The appointments require Senate confirmation.