United States District Judge George Z. Singal Announces Intention to Take Senior Status in 2013



John A. Woodcock, Jr.  Phone:  (207) 945 - 0549
Chief United States District Judge  


July 31, 2012




United States District Judge George Z. Singal

Announces Intention to Take Senior Status in 2013


Chief United States District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. announced that United States District Judge George Z. Singal has advised President Barack H. Obama that he intends to take senior status on July 31, 2013.   Under the provisions of 28, U.S.C. § 317(b)(1), Judge Singal will attain the age and service requirements to qualify for status as a Senior United States District Judge.


Judge Singal was born in Florence, Italy in 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1949.  In 1956, he became a naturalized United States citizen. He attended public schools in Bangor, Maine, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine in 1967 and cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1970, where he was a Felix Frankfurter Scholar.  Before his appointment as United States District Judge, Judge Singal was Assistant County Attorney for Penobscot County from 1971 – 1973 and worked in the Bangor law firm of Gross, Minsky, Mogul and Singal for thirty years.  He served on a variety of professional committees and boards including the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Maine Civil Rules, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the District Court Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers


President William J. Clinton nominated Judge Singal for the federal bench in May 2000.  The U.S. Senate swiftly confirmed Judge Singal and he received his commission on July 17, 2000.  During Judge Singal’s distinguished career as United States District Judge, he served as Chief Judge of the District of Maine from January 2002 to December 2008.  He served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources from September 2004 to September 2011, and was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources from October 2007 to September 2011. 


Commenting on Judge Singal’s service to the federal court, Chief Judge John A. Woodcock stated “During his tenure as an active District Court Judge, Judge Singal has maintained the tradition of judicial excellence for which the District is well known. Judge Singal’s brilliance, efficiency, and practical touch have benefited the people who have come before him and were recognized by the Chief Justice, who appointed him to serve on one of the central committees of the national judiciary.  We have all been fortunate to have had his dedicated service as an active judge and I look forward to his active engagement as a senior judge.” 


Although Judge Singal will take senior status in 2013, he intends to continue to render substantial judicial service to the District of Maine as Senior Judge.  He will maintain his chambers in Portland, Maine, and will continue to hear cases throughout the District.  Judge Singal’s decision to take senior status will create a vacancy on the district federal bench in Maine.  The President will nominate Judge Singal’s successor subject to confirmation by the United States Senate.