Joseph Jabar

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Joseph Jabar
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Court Information:
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $123,000
Appointed by:   Gov. John Baldacci
Active:   2009-2016
Preceded by:   Robert Clifford
Past post:   Judge, Maine Superior Court
Past term:   2001-2009
Past post 2:   Attorney, Jabar, Batten Ringer and Murphy
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Colby College, 1968
Law School:   University of Maine School of Law, 1971

Joseph M. Jabar is an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He was appointed by former Governor John Baldacci in September 2009.[1]


Jabar received his undergraduate degree in economics from Colby College in 1968 and his J.D. in 1971 from the University of Maine School of Law.[2]


Throughout his legal career, Jabar has served in the public sector and as a private practice attorney. After graduating 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 a district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Next Jabar moved to private practice, 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 former Governor Angus King in 2001. He was re-appointed in 2008 by former Governor John Baldacci. One year later, Governor Baldacci appointed Jabar to the Maine Supreme Court.[1][2]

Awards and associations

  • Former member, Waterville Board of Education
  • Former chairman, Maine Juvenile Law Revision Commission
  • Former chairman, Governor's Pardon Board [2]

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. 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.[3]

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