Thursday April 14, 2011 | 03:31 PM

Want to be a federal judge?

Give Reps. Chellie Pingree of the 1st district or Mike Michaud of the 2nd district a call. The Maine Democrats have put together a screening committee to review applications of those who want to be considered for a recommendation to President Obama on who the president should nominate for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Current Court of Appeals Judge Kermit V. Lipez gave notice to the White House earlier this year that he will be taking senior status, retiring from active duty, on Dec. 31 or when his successor his confirmed, whichever comes first.
It is the Senate that decides on judicial nominations, of course. But since both of Maine’s senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, are Republicans and Obama is a Democrat, Pingree and Michaud will be sending on a congressional recommendation for Obama to consider. The president can, however, name anyone he wants.
The deadline for candidates who want to be considered for that recommendation is May 6, Pingree and Michaud announced today, an extension of the previous April 21 deadline. Interested parties need to submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications along with a resume and no more than three letters of reference, the lawmakers’ offices said.

Candidates should call Peter Chandler in Michaud’s office at 202-225-6306 or Jackie Potter in Pingree’s office at 207-774-5019 to receive instructions on how to electronically submit application materials, their offices said.

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