AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the nomination of Judge Wayne R. Douglas, Judge Bruce C. Mallonee and Judge Lance E. Walker, each to serve as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court.
“I am pleased to nominate three individuals with distinguished records on the bench,” said LePage. “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics. These nominees reflect those priorities.”
Former Governor Angus King appointed Judge Wayne R. Douglas to the Maine District Court in 2002. Judge Douglas, of Ocean Park, previously served as chief legal counsel to Governor King and as associate commissioner at the Maine Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Douglas was also an attorney at Piece Atwood. Judge Douglas would replace Justice Paul Fritzche when he retires in July.
Douglas is a graduate of Bates College. He has his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Former Governor John Baldacci appointed Judge Bruce C. Mallonee to the Maine District Court in 2010. Judge Mallonee, of Bangor, was previously an associate attorney, focusing on civil and criminal cases at Rudman & Winchell. He later became a partner at the Bangor firm. Judge Mallonee would replace Justice Joyce Wheeler, who has retired.
Mallonee is a graduate of the University of Kansas and has his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Governor LePage appointed Judge Lance E. Walker to the Maine District Court in 2014. Walker, of Falmouth, previously was a partner at the firm Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, LLC in Portland. Walker also served as a law clerk to Superior Court Justices Marden, Atwood and Studstrup.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Maine and has his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary must review judicial nominees, who then must be confirmed by the full Senate.