Recent Notable Accomplishments of Judicial Officers





Contact:  Christa K. Berry                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clerk of Court                                                                                              November 5, 2019




The U.S. District Court for the District of Maine is pleased to announce the notable accomplishments of the following judicial officers:


U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal

U.S. Senior District Judge Gene Carter and his wife, Judith Carter

U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III

On October 25, 2019, U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal received the President Abram W. Harris Honors College Award from the University of Maine Foundation.  The President Abram W. Harris Award was established by President Harris’ grandson Abram ”Pete” W. Harris III ’50 and his friend Marion Waterman Meyer ’51 and is presented periodically by the Foundation. The Award honors recipients who demonstrate exemplary and extraordinary leadership, contributions to his or her community and/or service to the University of Maine.


Judge Singal was appointed to the United States District Court by President William J. Clinton on July 11, 2000, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Morton A. Brody.  Born in an Italian refugee camp in 1945, Judge Singal is a naturalized American citizen.  His family emigrated to Bangor in 1949, where he lived and practiced law until his appointment to the Court.  He is a graduate of the University of Maine and Harvard Law School. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. recently appointed Judge Singal to serve on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


On October 25, as part of the University of Maine’s Homecoming Weekend events, the University of Maine Foundation President/CEO Jeffery Mills presented a Foundation Honorary Membership to Hon. Gene Carter ’58, ’85 Hon. L.L.D. and Judith Kittredge Carter ’59 at the Foundation’s 85th Anniversary Luncheon.  The designation is the highest award granted by the Foundation and is presented annually in recognition of a lifetime of dedication and support to the University of Maine and the University of Maine Foundation. Judge Carter and his wife, Judy Carter, have been loyal champions of the Orono campus. As University of Maine students, they were active in Greek life, student government, and band. As donors, they support the Gene and Judith K. Carter Scholarship and the Buchanan Alumni House, along with several other entities on campus. Their philanthropy is recognized with their memberships in the Stillwater Society and the President’s Club, two of the University’s top giving societies.


President Ronald W. Reagan appointed Judge Carter as the District of Maine’s twelfth judge on June 23, 1983, when Judge Edward T. Gignoux assumed senior status.  Born in Milbridge, Judge Carter was educated at the University of Maine and the New York University School of Law.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Carter had a law practice in Bangor and also served as an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.


U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III has been appointed by James C. Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Court, to the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group which was created in consultation with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  The Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group is responsible for developing an updated version of the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary, which is updated by the Judicial Conference every five years.


Magistrate Judge Rich was sworn into office on April 2, 2008, after 25 years of private practice in Portland.  He is a member of the Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System of the Judicial Conference of the United States and a member of the Judicial Conference Strategic Planning Group.  He is the Vice-Chair of the Maine Justice Action Group, co-chair of JAG’s standing Pro Bono Committee, and the Articles Editor of the Federal Courts Law Review, the law journal of U.S. magistrate judges.  He assists Judge Nancy Torresen with the Court’s SWiTCH re-entry program and is the judicial liaison to the Court’s standing Local Rules Advisory Committee.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and served as a law clerk to the late Chief Judge Edward T. Gignoux of the U.S. District Court, District of Maine.