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Maine Judge is 2012 L. Kinvin Wroth Award Winner

May 14, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – The Honorable Joseph M. Jabar, an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, is the recipient of the 2012 L. Kinvin Wroth Award. The award, named after former Dean L. Kinvin Wroth, honors a Maine Law graduate who has achieved distinction in his or her career by contributing as a leader, locally, nationally or globally, and who has helped advance his or her alma mater.

Jabar joined the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2009 when he was appointed by Governor John Baldacci. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colby College and is a 1971 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.

After graduating from Maine Law, Justice Jabar served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He returned to Maine and served for four years as District Attorney for Kennebec-Somerset Counties. He subsequently engaged in the private practice of law for 25 years as a member of the law firm of Jabar Batten Ringer and Murphy in Waterville.

During these years in practice, Justice Jabar served as Chair of the Executive Clemency Board for two different gubernatorial administrations. He served as a Workers' Compensation Commissioner and was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, where he served for two terms. He was Chairman of the Juvenile Code Revision Commission in 1977 and 1978 and also was on the Board of Governors for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

Governor Angus King appointed Justice Jabar to the Maine Superior Court in 2001. While on the Superior Court, he was a member of the Family Law Advisory Commission, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Media and the Courts Committee, and the State Sentencing and Corrections Council. Justice Jabar served on the Superior Court for eight years before joining the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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