Gov. Gina Raimondo has tapped eight Rhode Island lawyers for judgeships on the Superior, Family, District and Workers’ Comp courts. The names will be submitted to the state Senate this week for confirmation.
Maureen Keough, who has been deputy chief of the criminal division at the attorney general’s office, has been nominated to fill an opening on Superior Court.
Judge Michael Forte, who has served on the Family Court bench since 1987, is being nominated to the chief judgeship of Family Court. He has been interim chief judge since the retirement of Chief Judge Haiganush Bedorsian.
Also nominated for Family Court judgeships are Magistrate Rossie Lee Harris, who has been a magistrate since 2013 and is former legal counsel to the Department of Children Youth and Families, and Lia Stuhlsatz, a Rhode Island Legal Services lawyer.
Brian Goldman, a well-known Statehouse lobbyist and lawyer, has been nominated for a slot on the District Court bench. Also nominated by the governor to District Court is James Caruolo, a lawyer since 1991 and former state prosecutor.
On the Workers’ Comp Court, Raimondo has tapped Judge Robert Ferrieri to be chief judge of the court. He has served on the Workers comp bench since 2008. Also nominated for the Workers Comp court is lawyer Michael Feeney, a lawyer since 1988 who is assistant town solicitor in East Greenwich.