Title

Profile of Chief Justice Leigh Ingalls Saufley, 51, of the Maine Supreme Judicia

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

5-1-2006

Pages

70-75

Abstract

Profile of Chief Justice Leigh Ingalls Saufley, 51, of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, who has transformed the state's court system in just four years. A former assistant attorney general for Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, she has positioned courts to better deal with domestic violence, family law issues, and adult and juvenile drug cases. She has pushed the Legislature for a separate business court and for upgraded courthouse security. Known for her integrity, wit, and political shrewdness, she is both the first female and the youngest chief justice. She praises Maine's system of appointing judges for seven-year terms and speaks at various venues to make the public and Legislature more aware of issues facing Maine's courts, such as underfunding.

Subjects

Maine Supreme Court, Judges, Saufley, Leigh I

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