Daniel Wathen

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Daniel Wathen
Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
In office
March 20, 1992 – October 4, 2001[1]
Appointed byJohn R. McKernan Jr.
Preceded byVincent L. McKusick[1]
Succeeded byLeigh I. Saufley
Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
In office
August 31, 1981 – March 20, 1992[1]
Appointed byJoseph E. Brennan
Justice of the Maine Superior Court
In office
September 16, 1977 – August 31, 1981[2]
Appointed byJames B. Longley
Personal details
Born
Daniel Everett Wathen[3][4]

(1939-11-04) November 4, 1939 (age 80)
Easton, Maine, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Judith C. Foren[5][3]
EducationRicker College (AB)
University of Maine (JD)
University of Virginia (LLM)

Daniel Everett "Dan" Wathen[6] (born November 4, 1939 in Easton, Maine)[6] is a Maine lawyer and politician. He was Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from March 1992 until October 2001, when he resigned to run for Governor of Maine as a Republican. At the time of his announcement, many pollsters and academics did not believe Wathen would factor into the 2002 gubernatorial election.[7] He was replaced as Chief Justice by Leigh Saufley.

Wathen is a native of Easton in Aroostook County, Maine.[7] He graduated from Ricker College in Houlton and earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.[7] He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.[8]

As of 2010, Wathen oversaw court-ordered improvements in mental health services. Wathen testified before the Health and Human Services committee of the Maine legislature that cuts to mental health services would be "illusory" and the proposed cuts would be spent elsewhere, such as in prison services for mentally ill people. Attorney General Janet Mills defended Governor John Baldacci's plan to cut mental health services.[9]

As of 2011, Wathen was the Board Chairman of the Maine Turnpike Authority.[10]

Since 2002, he has served as Of Counsel for Pierce Atwood LLP, a law firm which has an office based in Augusta, Maine.[8]

In April of 2013, Governor Paul R. LePage nominated him to serve as Co-Chair of the Maine Unemployment Investigation Commission.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2019-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2019-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Easton High School, Maine (Class of 1957) Yearbook
  4. ^ "University of Maine Commencement (Class of 1965)". Archived from the original on 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2019-11-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b Interview with Dan Wathen by Andrea L’Hommedieu
  7. ^ a b c Higgins, A. J. (October 4, 2001). "Chief Justice Wathen Resigns to Run for Governor". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  8. ^ a b Pierce Atwood LLP profile
  9. ^ "Wathen Says Mental Health Cuts Won't Work". MPBN. January 22, 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  10. ^ Russell, Eric (December 15, 2011). "Former Maine Turnpike Authority director reaches settlement to repay $430,000 — Maine Politics — Bangor Daily News". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191114153825/https://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Gov+News&id=519648&v=article2011
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191114153917/https://www.pierceatwood.com/update/governor-lepage-names-daniel-wathen-co-chair-unemployment-investigation-commission