John Nivison, Maine Law ’85, tapped as Maine’s next U.S. Magistrate Judge
Sept. 25, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Superior Court Justice John Nivison, a 1985 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, has been appointed as the next federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court in Maine.
Nivison will replace a fellow Maine Law alum, Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk, who is retiring from the bench in January 2014. Judge Nivison was recommended by a screening panel, and then appointed by the District Court judges. He will preside primarily in U.S. District Court in the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.
Judge Nivison practiced with the law firm of Pierce Atwood from 1985 to 1999, when he was appointed by Gov. Angus King as a judge on the Maine District Court. He was Chief Judge of the Maine District Court from 2005 to 2007. Judge Nivison was then appointed to the Maine Superior Court, by Gov. John Baldacci, and has presided with judicial colleagues in the Business and Consumer Court.
Judge Kravchuk, a 1976 graduate of Maine Law, served as a state prosecutor, as District Attorney for Penobscot and Piscatiquis counties, as judge of the Maine District Court, and as a justice of the Maine Superior Court before her appointment as U.S. Magistrate Judge in 2000. She was the first woman to be named to the federal judiciary in Maine.