Judicial, PUC appointments before Executive CouncilStaff Report
December 19. 2013 10:49PM
CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan has submitted three nominees for Superior Court judgeships and two nominees for the Circuit Court bench to the Executive Council.
The council, at its final meeting of 2013, is also expected to confirm Hassan’s prior nominations of four Granite Staters to the Circuit Court and attorney Martin Honigberg to the Public Utilities Commission.
The governor said Thursday she will submit to the five-member council the names of Superior Court nominees David A. Anderson of Portsmouth, Lawrence A. MacLeod of Lebanon and Charles S. Temple of Concord. She will also offer the nominations of David S. Forest of Temple and Elizabeth M. Leonard of Concord for the Circuit Court.
The governor’s office said the nominees were recommended by the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel established to advise her on judicial nominations “by broadly seeking judicial candidates, evaluating all potential applicants and recommending qualified applicants based on experience, good character and judicial temperament.”
According to the governor’s office, Anderson since 2009 has been the partner-in-charge of the Portsmouth office of the Pierce Atwood LLP law firm, where he has practiced since 2001, specializing in commercial litigation. He previously practiced at Foley Hoag in Boston.
Anderson previously served as a law clerk for Judge Melvin Brunetti on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit following law school. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and his law degree from the Boston College School of Law, where he served as an executive editor of the Law Review.
MacLeod, Jr., is currently a judge in the Grafton County Circuit Court, District and Family Divisions. Prior to becoming a judge in 2002, he operated his own law practice where he focused on civil and criminal litigation, real estate and related transactions, and family law.
He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Temple chairs the state’s Public Employee Labor Relations Board and is a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the director of its Criminal Practice Clinic. He began his career with the Perkins and Upshall law firm in Concord in 1985, where his practice included federal and state criminal litigation, civil litigation and administrative hearings before New Hampshire state agencies.
Temple is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Forrest is a Judicial Referee in the Circuit Court for the 8th Circuit, Family Division, in Keene. He previously served as a marital master in the Superior Court in Hillsborough, Sullivan and Cheshire counties from 2004 to 2012.
The governor’s office said that as a result of the legislation creating the Circuit Court, he could not be re-appointed as a marital master following the end of his final term in 2012 and became a Judicial Referee.
Forrest received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Western New England College School of Law.
Leonard practices at the law firm of McDowell and Osburn after previously serving as a partner of the former Wiggin and Nourie law firm. She is the current vice president of the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
Leonard received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
The Executive Council will consider whether to confirm the five nominees following public hearings, to be scheduled by the council, most likely in January.
The council on Friday is expected to confirm Susan B. Carbon of Chichester, Robert James Foley of Dover, Margaret-Ann Moran of Manchester and Patricia B. Quigley of Concord to the Circuit Court, as well as Honigberg to the PUC. They were nominated, and had public hearings, in November.
Carbon is a part-time judge for the 9th Circuit Court in Manchester and served 13 years as supervisory judge of the Grafton and Merrimack counties’ courts’ Family Divisions.
Foley has been a marital master since 2006, most recently sitting in the Rochester and Dover Family Divisions.
Moran is a partner at Upton and Hatfield and a member of the board of directors of Catholic Medical Center.
Quigley has been staff attorney and a master in the probate court.
PUC nominee Honigberg, a former assistant attorney general, leads the Government Relations Practice Group at the Sulloway and Hollis law firm and was special counsel to Jeanne Shaheen during her tenure as governor.
The nominations and confirmations would leave no vacancies on the Superior Court and eight vacancies among the 25 Circuit Court positions.