PORTLAND – The University of Maine School of Law has a new dean and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court needs a new chief justice.
Maine’s current supreme court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley has been selected to be the next dean of the law school, according to a statement from the University of Maine System’s chancellor.
Saufley has served on the state’s supreme court since 1997, when she was appointed by then-Gov. Angus King, who also appointed her to the position of chief justice in 2001.
Saufley will start the new job April 15, and until then she will continue as chief justice of Maine’s highest court, the chancellor’s statement said.
Gov. Janet Mills thanked Saufley for her service on the court in a statement of her own.
The statement from the governor’s press secretary said Mills hoped to name a new chief justice within the coming months.
Until then, senior associate Justice Andrew Mead will assume the duties of the head of Maine’s judicial system, the statement said.