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Bar News - October 16, 2009

Magistrate Judge James Muirhead to Retire

Hon. James Muirhead
US Magistrate Judge James R. Muirhead is retiring from the US District Court bench in Concord. His retirement will take effect upon the appointment of a successor.

Applications for the post, which is appointed by the judges of the District Court, will be accepted through Nov. 13, 2009.

In a letter to Chief Judge Steven J. McAuliffe, Judge Muirhead expressed his thanks to the Court, the bar and the community for the opportunity to serve as Magistrate Judge.

Judge Muirhead, 46, was appointed to the post on Sept. 1, 1995, and he is currently in his second term of appointment. A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, he practiced and was a partner at the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm before his appointment. He is a longstanding Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.

"Judge Muirhead was an outstanding litigator, well-respected for his substantive legal knowledge and tenacious advocacy," commented McAuliffe. "Judge Muirhead’s wealth of litigation experience was apparent in his efficient handling of his docket and courtroom, and in his substantial reform of discovery practice in this district. I know I can speak for both the bench and the bar when I say that Judge Muirhead’s intellect and steadfast efforts to ensure justice for all will be sorely missed. We wish him all the best."

The search for a successor began with Judge McAuliffe’s appointment of a Merit Selection Panel to review applications and make nominations to the Court. The members of the Panel are:

Wilbur A. Glahn, III, Chair; Michael A. Delaney, NH Attorney General; Andrea K. Johnstone; John P. Kacavas, US Attorney, District of NH; Edward M. Kaplan; Mary Jane King; Amy B. Messer; Jaye L. Rancourt; James J. Tenn, Jr., NHBA President; and Peter H. Winship.

Visit for the Public Notice for the position, and the application form. Applications are due by Nov. 13, 2009. The Merit Selection Panel is due to submit its nominations by Jan. 15, 2010.

Judge Muirhead will be interviewed for an upcoming issue of Bar News.

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