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April 24, 2013

Hassan creates judicial selection commission

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is appointing a Judicial Selection Commission to advise her on judicial nominations.

By executive order, Hassan on Tuesday created the 11-member commission and named its members, including Manchester’s police chief and Nashua’s mayor.

Hassan said the commission will seek out and evaluate qualified candidates and make recommendations on appointments.

She said the commission should consider potential candidates’ integrity, legal intellect and ability, temperament and commitment to justice, among other factors.

The commission will be co-chaired by attorneys Emily Rice and James Rosenberg.

Its first task will be to come up with potential nominees for three circuit court judgeships that will soon be vacant due to retirements.

All judicial nominations are subject to approval by the five-member Executive Council.

In addition to Rice and Rosenberg, Hassan appointed to the commission Elliot Berry from New Hampshire Legal Assistance; Kathleen Goode, who was director of appointments for Governors Jeanne Shaheen and John Lynch; Littleton public defender Martha Hornick; former homicide prosecutor Michael Lewis; Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau; Manchester Chief of Police David Mara; Arthur Nichols, President and CEO of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene; attorney Wilfred Sanders, Jr.; and Danette Wineberg, adjunct professor at the UNH School of Law and former vice president, general counsel and secretary for The Timberland Company.

Members will serve terms of three years, with the option of additional terms at the invitation of the governor.

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