Donald Alexander

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Donald Alexander
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Court Information:
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $123,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Angus S. King
Active:   1998-Present
Past post:   Judge, Maine District Courts
Past post 2:   Judge, Maine Superior Court
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Bowdoin College
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School

Donald G. Alexander is a justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He was appointed by former Governor Angus King and has served on the court since September 2, 1998.[1][2][3]


Alexander received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.[4]


Previous to his appointment to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1998, Alexander served on the Maine Superior Court, the Maine District Court, and as a deputy attorney general. He has also previously served as an assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie in Washington D.C., and as a legislative counsel for the National League of Cities.[3][4]

Alexander is the author of The Maine Jury Instruction Manual (4th ed. 2005), and The Maine Appellate Practice (2nd ed. 2004), and the editor of The Maine Rules of Civil Procedure with Advisory Committee Notes and Commentary (2005 ed.). He has authored and edited legal publications and has served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Maine School of Law and the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. Alexander also serves as the court's liaison to the Advisory Committee on the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure, the State Court Library Committee, and the Maine State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee.[4]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

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. Alexander received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1, 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.[5]

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