Contact the Committee

All correspondence to the Committee must be sent to:

Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability
P.O. Box 8058
Portland, ME 04104-8058

To reach the Committee by phone:

(207) 780-4364

PLEASE NOTE: The Committee cannot be contacted by email.

 

The Committee investigates complaints, holds hearings, makes findings, reports misconduct or disability, and recommends disciplinary action to the Supreme Judicial Court. The committee is not a substitute for an appeal or other remedy in the litigation itself.

The Committee cannot intervene in or change court proceedings or decisions in any way, and it should not be relied on for that purpose.

If you disagree with or wish to contest a ruling in your case it may be appropriate for you to file an appeal.

Click here for more information about the appeal process.

 

Members and Staff

The Committee is composed of seven members who serve for one nonrenewable six-year term. Three of the members are judges (from the Superior, District, or Probate Courts), two are lawyers,and three are members of the public (including the current chairperson). The judicial members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, and the lawyer and public members are appointed by the Court upon the recommendation of the Governor. The current Committee Members are:

  • Dr. Jill P. Gordon, until October 7, 2017
  • Jennifer Nichols Ferguson, Esq., until December 12, 2017
  • Robert E. Crowley, Esq., until August 31, 2018
  • Jon P. Van Hoogenstyn, until August 31, 2018
  • Dr. Anne E. Pooler, Chairperson, until February 3, 2021
  • Hon. Nancy D. Mills, until August 20, 2021
  • Hon. Andre G. Janelle, until August 20, 2021
  • Hon. Thomas A. Berry until November 10, 2021

The Committee has four alternate members (one Superior Court Justice, one District Court Judge, one lawyer, and one public member) who attend Committee meetings and vote when a regular member is absent or is disqualified from participating in a particular matter. The current Alternate Members are:

Judicial:

  • Hon. Andrew M. Horton, until August 20, 2019
  • Hon. Susan A. Sparaco, until August 20, 2019

Lawyer Member:

  • Charles W. Smith Jr., Esq., until August 31, 2018

Lay Member:

  • Christine S. Gianopoulos, M.P.A., until February 3, 2021

Judicial Liaison:

  • Associate Justice Ellen A. Gorman, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

In addition, the Committee currently employs a part-time Executive Secretary, who is a lawyer, and an Administrative Assistant. They are:

Cabanne Howard, Esq., Executive Secretary
Arthur O. Brown III, Administrative Assistant