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Raimondo Appoints Sally Dowling to Chair the Judicial Nominating Commission
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has appointed Sally Dowling to the Judicial Nominating Commission and designated her as chair.
"This commission plays an important role in recommending the leaders of Rhode Island's judicial system," said Raimondo. "Sally's years of experience in the legal field will be a tremendous asset to the commission. I am grateful Sally has agreed to serve as chair of the commission."
"I am honored by this opportunity to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission, and to be named chair," said Dowling. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on the commission to find the best legal minds to lead Rhode Island's judiciary."
Sally Dowling is an attorney at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. where she counsels privately held businesses and their shareholders on acquisitions, divestitures, financings, business succession, governance and other corporate matters. Dowling has been recognized in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which also named her as one of 2015's Best Lawyers of the Year for Mergers and Acquisitions in Providence.
She is also the Former Chair of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory panel and also served as Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education from 1998-2003. Dowling earned her A.B from Wellesley College, her J.D. from Northeastern University (J.D., 1977), her LL.M. from Boston University and has an Honorary Degree in Public Service from Rhode Island College. She resides in Narragansett with her husband, Joseph L. Dowling Jr., M.D, and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Dowling will be replacing Louise Durfee whose term recently expired.
"I also want to thank Louise for her dedication to the state while she served on the Judicial Nominating Commission, and I wish her the very best," added Raimondo.
The Judicial Nominating Commission is responsible for screening applicants for vacancies on all of Rhode Island's courts. After an extensive application process, the commission interviews, solicits public comment, and conducts background checks on all judicial candidates. The commission votes and submits multiple, highly qualified options to the Governor for each vacancy.
(release from Governor's Office)