Six Judicial Candidates Announced For Superior Court Judgeship

Oct 30, 2013

A top aide to Governor Lincoln Chafee and a former counsel for the speaker of the House are among six candidates to become a Superior Court judge.  Interviews of the candidates are tentatively scheduled for early next year.

A former aide to Lincoln Chaffee is among the six candidates nominated for the open RI Superior Court Judgeship.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

Those hoping to become a Superior Court judge include Richard Licht, director of the state Department of Administration. The state Ethics Commission recently found Licht isn’t subject to a requirement to spend a year outside government before trying to become a judge

Other candidates are Traffic Tribunal chief magistrate William Guglietta; federal public defender Olin Thompson; Providence lawyer Lynette Labinger; head of the attorney general’s open government division Michael Field; and Warwick lawyer Kerry Rafanelli.

The state Judicial Nominating Commission is set to interview the candidates January 7th and allow for public comment January 13th. The vacant Superior Court judgeship was created by the retirement of Judge Judith Savage.

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