Today, Governor Don Carcieri made a huge step forward in filling the numerous judicial vacancies in the Rhode Island Judiciary. The news comes from the Providence Journal.
- Brian P. Stern, of East Greenwich, has been selected to fill the Superior Court opening created by Mark A. Pfeiffer’s retirement in January. Stern, 42, is the Governor’s chief of staff. The four other finalists for this nomination included Assistant Attorneys General William J. Ferland, Rebecca Tedford Partington, and Stacey Pires Veroni; and John R. Gowell Jr., a private practice lawyer.
- Joseph Terence Houlihan Jr. has been selected to replace District Court Judge Walter Gorman, who retired in March 2008. Houlihan, 44, of Portsmouth, has worked as a partner at Houlihan, Managhan & Kyle since 1996, representing clients in criminal and civil matters. The four other finalists for this nomination included Joseph A. DiPietro, Laura A. Pisaturo, Margaret M. Lynch-Gadaleta and Paul D. Ragosta.
- John E. McCann III has been selected for the Family Court vacancy that arose from Judge Gilbert T. Rocha’s passing in December. McCann, 59, of Barrington, has concentrated on family law at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum for the past 32 years. The four other finalists for this nomination included Jennifer Hoopis D’Ambra, Frank J. DiBiase, Family Court Magistrate Angela Bucci Paulhus and Lia Stuhlsatz.
Of course, the Governor’s nominations must still win approval from the General Assembly. However, few of his judicial nominations have faced any major obstacles in the legislature.