Appointment of Terence Harrigan to District CJA Panel Representative

Contact:  Nancy Torresen FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief District Judge November 14, 2017


The Honorable Nancy Torresen, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Maine, is pleased to announce that the Court has appointed Terence Harrigan to serve as the District’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Representative for a term of three years. Mr. Harrigan succeeds Marvin Glazier, who ably served the District with distinction as Panel Representative from 2014 to 2017.  On behalf of the Court, Judge Torresen recognizes former Panel Representative Marvin Glazier for his outstanding service to the Court and the Bar.  


Attorney Harrigan is a partner at the law firm of Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky in Bangor, Maine.  He has a wealth of experience as a civil litigator and criminal defense lawyer. His practice focuses exclusively on litigation matters with an emphasis in criminal law in state and federal courts, personal injury law, and employment law. Attorney Harrigan has been a director and officer of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (president, 2002-2003) and is a former board member of both the Penobscot County Bar Association and the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar Fee Arbitration Committee. He is a member of the Maine Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Associates, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Attorney Harrigan graduated from Madawaska High School, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Maine School of Law in 1988.  In 1990, he joined the firm of Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky, LLP. He is admitted to practice before the State Courts of Maine, the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Penobscot Tribal Court.


In 1964, Congress enacted the Criminal Justice Act to provide for the representation of defendants who are financially unable to obtain an adequate defense in the United States courts.  Each federal district has a CJA Panel of private attorneys who accept court appointments in criminal cases.  Along with federal defender organizations, these CJA "panel attorneys" represent the vast majority of individuals who are prosecuted for crimes in the federal courts.  CJA Panel District Representatives lead their District’s CJA Panel, attend the annual National Conference of CJA Panel District Representatives, and serve as liaison between the District’s CJA Panel, the District’s federal defender organization, the Court, and the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.  Representatives also comment on proposed legislation relating to the CJA, work to improve the quality of representation and the quality of the District’s CJA Panel attorneys, and serve as a vital link between the practicing bar and the Court.