Three candidates – all sitting judges on the Superior Court – have applied to the Judicial Nominating Commission to succeed Presiding Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr., according to today’s Providence Journal. They are Superior Court Associate Judges Alice B. Gibney, Jeffrey A. Lanphear and Daniel A. Procaccini.
• Gibney, of Warwick, a Superior Court judge since 1984, is a Roger Williams University School of Law adjunct professor. She received her law degree in 1972 from Catholic University and in 1973 was a Superior Court law clerk. She was in private practice from 1974 to 1978 with Anderson, Henning & Anderson, was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island from 1978 to 1979 and in private practice from 1979 to 1982 with Boyer, Reynolds & Demarco.
• Procaccini, of East Greenwich, a Superior Court judge since 2001, is in charge of the court’s mediation program. He has been a Roger Williams University School of Law adjunct professor since 2007 and was a faculty coach for the school’s trial team in 2003-2004. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1977, clerked in Superior Court, was a practicing lawyer and, in 1989, a founding partner of McGovern, Noel and Benik. He is vice president of the state Trial Judges’ Association.
• Lanphear, of Cranston, a Superior Court judge since 2003, received his law degree in 1981 from New England School of Law in Boston. He was an associate at Selya & Iannuccillo in Providence from 1982 to 1983. He had his own practice in Cranston from 1983 to 1986 and again from 1999 to 2003.
The nine-member nominating panel is slated to interview the three candidates for the presiding justice seat Aug. 24 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the State Department of Administration Building, 1 Capitol Hill.