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|Current Court Information:|
|Maine Supreme Judicial Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. John Baldacci|
|Preceded by:||Robert Clifford|
|Past post:||Maine Superior Court|
|Past post 2:||Attorney, Jabar, Batten Ringer and Murphy|
|Undergraduate:||Colby College, 1968|
|Law School:||University of Maine School of Law, 1971|
Throughout his legal career, Jabar has served in the public sector and as a private practice attorney. After graduding from law school, he served as a prosecutor for the Justice department in Washington, D.C. Upon his return to Maine, he spent four years as District Attorney in Kennebec-Somerset counties. Next he moved to private pratice, joining the firm Jabar, Batten Ringer and Murphy. While at the firm, he served in the Maine State Legislature, from 1996-1999. His first judicial appointment was the Maine Superior Court, originally by Governor Angus King in 2001. He was re-appointed in 2008 by Governor John Baldacci. One year later, Baldacci appointed Jabar to the Maine Supreme Court.
Awards and associations
- Former member, Waterville Board of Education
- Former chairman, Maine Juvenile Law Revision Commission
- Former chairman, Governor's Pardon Board
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Jabar received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.97, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -1.01 that justices received in Maine. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Maine Superior Court
- State of Maine Courts, Hon. Joseph M. Jabar
- BNET.com, "Joseph Jabar nominated to Maine Supreme Judicial Court," August 4, 2009
- Bangor Daily News, "Maine high court to hear appeals in two slayings," May 11, 2010