Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will nominate four people to the Circuit Court and nominate Martin Honigberg of Concord to the Public Utilities Commission at tomorrow's Governor and Council meeting. The Executive Council must confirm the nominations.
The nominees -- Susan B. Carbon of Chichester, Robert James Foley of Dover, Margaret-Ann Moran of Manchester, and Patricia B. Quigley of Concord - were recommended for appointment by the Governor's Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel established by Governor Hassan to advise her on judicial nominations by broadly seeking judicial candidates, evaluating all potential applicants and recommending qualified applicants based on experience, good character and judicial temperament.
"Ensuring a fair, transparent and effective judicial system requires highly capable judges with the utmost experience, character and integrity," Governor Hassan said. "All four Circuit Court nominees have decades of experience with New Hampshire's judicial system and have demonstrated the good character and temperament that the people of our state require of their judges. I thank them all for their willingness to serve, as well as the Judicial Selection Commission for identifying these highly qualified candidates."
Susan B. Carbon currently serves as a part-time judge for the Ninth Circuit Court in Manchester and has served in a variety of state Judicial Branch positions, including 13 years as Supervisory Judge of the Grafton and Merrimack counties Family Divisions. In 2010, Carbon was confirmed as President Obama's appointee as Director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. She returned to New Hampshire in 2012 and was re-appointed to the bench as a part-time judge. Carbon received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Robert James Foley has served as a Marital Master in New Hampshire since 2006, currently sitting in both the Rochester and Dover Family Divisions. Foley, who received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law, has over 35 years of legal experience in private, public and academic positions in both New Hampshire and Maine.
Margaret-Ann Moran is currently a partner at Upton & Hatfield, LLP, in Hillsborough, where for 30 years she has focused her practice on the representation of school districts and school boards in student matters including special education and discipline hearings, residency questions and liable school district issues. Moran also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Medical Center where she has been elected Secretary of the Board. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Patricia B. Quigley specializes in probate practice of estates, trusts and guardianships and has served in several positions in New Hampshire's Judicial Branch since 2008, including as a staff attorney and then as a master in the Probate Court. Quigley, who received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, currently serves as a staff attorney in the Circuit Court as well as a part-time referee in the Circuit Court probate and district divisions.
Additionally, Governor Hassan today announced that she has nominated former Assistant Attorney General Martin P. Honigberg to serve as one of three commissioners on New Hampshire's Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC). Honigberg is currently the leader of the Government Relations Practice Group at Sulloway & Hollis P.L.L.C and has previously served as Special Counsel to Governor Jeanne Shaheen from 2001 to 2003 as well as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice from 1994 to 2000.
During his time in the Attorney General's office, Honigberg's many practice areas included the 1990s restructuring of New Hampshire's electric utility industry. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
"The work of the Public Utilities Commission is essential for protecting consumers and ensuring that our people, families and businesses are able to receive safe, adequate and reliable service at reasonable and fair rates," Governor Hassan said. "I am confident that with his extensive experience with utilities regulation and nearly every aspect of state government, Martin Honigberg will ably fulfill the PUC's critical mission, and I thank him for taking on this important responsibility."
Honigberg's appointment to a term of six years is subject to Executive Council approval. The Governor will formally submit his nomination at Wednesday's Council meeting.