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|Current Court Information:|
|Maine Supreme Judicial Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. John Baldacci|
|Past post:||Attorney, private practice|
|Undergraduate:||Tufts University, 1970|
|Law School:||Washington College of Law at American University, 1973|
Silver began his legal career working in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and in the General Counsel’s Office of the Election Authority of the District of Columbia. He then worked as a private practice lawyer from 1977 until 2005. One of his former clients was famous fiction author Steven King. Warren Silver was appointed to the Maine Supreme Court in 2005.
Awards and associations
Silver served on the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and also served as its President, and as Chairman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Civil Rules Committee, and the Governor's Judicial Selection Committee.
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. Silver received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.07, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more 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.
- Biographies of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices
- Our Story, "Maine Supreme Court Rules on Vehicle Searches" - 12/19/2009
- BNET.com, "Ex-Embden man's sentence is focus of supreme court hearing," October 30, 2008
- The Portland Press Herald, "In law firm inquiry, key questions remain," February 26, 2008