Superior Court Justice Valerie Stanfill, of Wayne, was recently nominated by Governor Janet Mills to serve as chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Stanfill has served on the Maine Superior Court and the Maine District Court for more than a decade. If confirmed, she will be the second woman to serve as chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Maine’s history.

Stanfill has served on the Maine Superior Court presiding over Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties since February 2020. Prior to that, she served on the Maine District Court from January 2007 to February 2020.

Prior to serving in the state judiciary, Stanfill worked as acting director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic and as visiting clinical professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law. Before that, she had a career in private practice.

She has served as chair of the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and Protection Orders and as a member of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, and the Maine Domestic Homicide Review Panel.