Leigh Ingalls Saufley

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Leigh Ingalls Saufley
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Court Information:
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $142,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Angus S. King
Active:   1997-present
Chief:   2001-Present
Past post:   Judge, Maine Superior Court
Past term:   1993-1997
Past post 2:   Judge, Maine district courts
Past term 2:   1990-1993
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Maine at Orono, 1976
Law School:   University of Maine School of Law, 1980

Leigh Ingalls Saufley is the chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. She was sworn in as Chief Justice on December 6, 2001 and again on February 27, 2009. She first became a member of the state's highest court on October 20, 1997 when she was appointed by then-governor Angus S. King, a political independent.[1][2]

In 2001, Saufley became the first woman and the youngest member of the court to be appointed chief justice. She is the 26th chief justice and one of over twenty female chief justices of state supreme courts.

Her current term expires in 2011. [3]


Saufley graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1976. In 1980, she received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.[1]


  • 2001-Present: Chief justice

Awards and associations


  • 2008 Deborah Morton Award, University of New England[5]
  • 2008 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • 2005 Portland Regionals Chamber Neal W. Allen Award
  • 2005 Caroline Duby Glassman Award
  • 2004 Maryann Hartman Award, Women of Achievement, University of Maine
  • 2004 Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of New England
  • 2002 Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Maine
  • 2002 YWCA Women of Achievement Award
  • 1998 L. Kinvin Wroth, Alumna of the Year Award[1]


  • Member, Maine Justice Action Group[6]

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. Saufley 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.[7]

See also

External links


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