JNC to Interview 7 Candidates for RI Superior Court Vacancy

According to the Providence Journal, the Judicial Nominating Commission will interview 7 candidates for a Superior Court associate judgeship that became vacant upon the elevation of Alice B Gibney as Presiding Justice of the Superior Court.

The candidates who will be interviewed include the following (in alphabetical order with descriptions from the Providence Journal):

  • Richard K. Corley, of Warwick, owns Corley & Associates, which does civil and criminal law. He is on the legislative council that reviews proposed Judiciary Committee legislation at the State House. From 1984 to 1989, he was a Rhode Island assistant public defender. He received his law degree from George Washington University.
  • Jeffrey J. Greer, of Providence, is deputy executive counsel to Governor Carcieri, advising on legal issues and legislation, appearing in state and federal courts for the governor on litigation and serving as counsel to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. Previously, he was in private practice in Florida and Rhode Island. He received his law degree from Northeastern University in Boston.
  • Eva Marie Mancuso, of North Kingstown, is managing partner with the law firm Hamel, Waxler, Allen & Collins in Providence. She has been with the firm since 1989 and has been lead counsel in many civil jury trials. Previously, she was an assistant attorney general, prosecuting felony cases and arguing twice before the state Supreme Court.
  • Paul D. Ragosta, of Providence, the son of retired Superior Court Judge Vincent A. Ragosta, has been in private practice in Providence for 24 years. He is legal counsel to the state auditor general. He received his law degree from New England School of Law in Boston.
  • Albert R. Romano, of North Scituate, has worked in private practice for multiple law firms since the mid-1970s and is currently counsel to D’Alessandro & Wright in Providence. He received his law degree from Villanova University.
  • Brian Van Couyghen, of Narragansett, has been a trial lawyer since 1984. He has also been legislative counsel to the state House of Representatives and state Senate since 2001. He received his law degree from the New England School of Law.
  • Joseph Patrick Youngs III, of Warwick, has been chief of the white-collar crime unit of the Department of Attorney General since 2001. Since 1987, he’s been a special attorney general, an assistant attorney general, a deputy chief and chief of the criminal division. He received his law degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The interviews will take place on December 15th followed by a public hearing on December 17th.  The JNC will then recommend 3-5 candidates to Governor Carcieri.  Carcieri can nominate one of these candidates or or choose from a list of past applicants to the Superior Court.

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