Supreme Court Justice Biographies

Hon. Leigh Ingalls Saufley
Chief Justice

Chief Justice Saufley graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976.  She is a 1980 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.  She was with Maine’s Attorney General’s Office for almost ten years, becoming one of Maine’s first female deputy attorneys general.  In April of 1990, she was appointed to the District Court by Governor John R. McKernan.  Governor McKernan appointed her to the Superior Court in 1993, and in 1997 Governor Angus S. King appointed her to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  On December 6, 2001, she was sworn in as Maine’s first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor King.  Chief Justice Saufley was sworn in for a second term as Chief Justice on February 27, 2009, by Governor John E. Baldacci, and on March 1, 2016, she was sworn in for a third term by Governor Paul LePage.  Chief Justice Saufley is a member of the Conference of Chief Justices.  She served on the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Women’s Forum, Woman Who Makes a Difference Award.

Hon. Andrew M. Mead
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Andrew M. Mead attended the University of Maine and New York Law School.  He was a member of the Bangor law firms of Paine, Lynch & Weatherbee and Mitchell & Stearns, and is a past President of the Maine State Bar Association. He was appointed to the Maine District Court in 1990 and the Maine Superior Court in 1992. He served as Chief Justice of the Maine Superior Court from 1999 to 2001 and was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2007.  He has served as judicial liaison to the Maine Rules of Evidence Advisory Committee, Chair of the Judicial Education Committee, and Chair of the Task Force on Electronic Court Records.  He currently serves as Chair of the Maine Justice Action Group and is a member of various court technology committees and groups.  He is a former member of the University of Maine adjunct faculty.

Hon. Ellen A. Gorman
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Ellen A. Gorman is a graduate of Trinity College, Washington, D.C., and the Cornell Law School.  After law school, Justice Gorman worked as an associate with the firm of Richardson, Tyler and Troubh until Governor Brennan appointed her to the Workers’ Compensation Commission.  In 1989, Governor McKernan appointed her to the Maine District Court, where she worked for eleven years.  In 2000, Governor King appointed Justice Gorman to the Maine Superior Court, and she served on that court until Governor Baldacci appointed her to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on October 1, 2007.  Governor LePage reappointed Justice Gorman to her second term on the SJC in the spring of 2015.

Justice Gorman is the Court’s liaison to the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket Project, the Family Law Advisory Committee, the Family Rules Committee, the Probate Rules Committee, the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission (PATLAC), the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADRES) Committee, the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, and the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

Hon. Joseph M. Jabar
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Joseph M. Jabar is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law.  Following graduation, Justice Jabar served as a federal prosecutor for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.  He returned to Maine and served four years as District Attorney for Kennebec-Somerset Counties.  For twenty-five years he was a member of the law firm of Jabar, Batten, Ringer and Murphy of Waterville.

During these years he served two Governors as Chair of the Executive Clemency Board, served as a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, and served two terms as a State Representative.  He was Chairman of the Juvenile Code Revision Commission in 1977 and 1978.  He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

He was appointed to the Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Angus King, and he was re-appointed by Governor John Baldacci in 2008.  While on the Superior Court he served on the Family Law Advisory Commission, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Media and the Courts Committee, and the State Sentencing and Corrections Council.  He was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court by Governor John Baldacci on September 1, 2009, and was reappointed in 2016.

Hon. Thomas E. Humphrey
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Thomas E. Humphrey graduated from Boston College and Boston College Law School.  He was appointed to the District Court in 1993 by Governor John McKernan and served as its Deputy Chief Judge from 1997 to 1998.  In 1998, he was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Angus King, served as its Deputy Chief Justice from 2003 to 2004, and served as its Chief Justice from 2004 to 2015.  He was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2015 by Governor Paul R. LePage.

Justice Humphrey chaired the Family Court Implementation Team responsible for implementing the Family Division of the District Court, and was co-leader in the design and implementation of the Business and Consumer Docket, also known as the Business Court.  He is co-editor of A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Maine; a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Evidence in Maine; and a member of the Maine State Bar Association.  He is the Court’s liaison to Maine Rules of Civil Procedure Advisory Committee, the Foreclosure Diversion Program, and the Courts and Media Committee.

Hon. Andrew M. Horton
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Andrew M. Horton is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center.  For about twenty years, he practiced law with a Portland firm, focusing on commercial litigation and trials.  In 1999, Governor King appointed him to the Maine District Court. In 2007, Governor Baldacci appointed him to the Maine Superior Court, and he was reappointed by Governor LePage in 2014. In 2020, Governor Mills appointed him to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

His judicial assignments have included proceedings in the Maine Business and Consumer Docket and the Portland Adult Drug Treatment Court. He has served as chair of both the Family Law Advisory Commission and the Judicial Branch’s Domestic Violence Advisory Committee. He is the co-author of Maine Civil Remedies, a legal text, and Do Your Divorce Right, a guide to family court for people without lawyers. He has taught the remedies course at the University of Maine School of Law for a number of years.  He has been an elected member of the American Law Institute since 2001.

Hon. Catherine R. Connors
Associate Justice

Associate Justice Catherine R. Connors is a graduate of Northwestern University, College of Arts and Sciences, and its School of Law.  After clerking for Chief Judge John F. Grady of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, she became an associate, then partner, in the Maine law firm Pierce Atwood LLP, focusing on motion and appellate practice.  She was appointed by Governor Mills to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2020.