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The current Judge of Probate in Waldo County, Maine, Susan Longley possesses an extensive professional history in law, public service, and education. As Judge of Probate, she presides over family legal matters---guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, name changes, and wills. Elected and re-elected by Waldo County voters, Susan Longley was formerly a state senator and has served as Judge of Probate since 2005.Dedicated to providing fair, frugal, and efficient court proceedings, Judge Longley designed and implemented a variety of additional services that help families find their ways through the court processes and quickly resolve differences with maximum results at minimum cost. First, to get into court, Susan Longley as a long-time teacher designed easy-to-follow legal forms. As a former mediator, she offers families the opportunity to work with a low-cost, skilled mediator as a first, pre-litigation step for to resolve the conflict on their own. Judge Longley also worked with staff to design and implement a computerized, intra-office case-management system that allows continual tracking, transparency, and accountability within the Waldo County Probate Court. Beyond her work in the courtroom, Susan Longley regularly speaks at community and state forums in Maine. She also makes frequent guest appearances in school classrooms using her substantial experience as a teacher to help students and citizens alike understand the legal process. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she completed United Nations internships during her undergraduate years as a student of history and political science. As an intern, she monitored actions from the Security Council in New York City. In Paris, Susan Longley drafted film copyright laws for the benefit of countries lacking such legal protections at the time. She also is an honors graduate from the University of Maine, receiving her Master’s degree in History. She wrote her thesis about the strengths and weaknesses of her father, the late Independent Governor James B. Longley. Earning her law degree from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC, Susan Longley earned recognition as a Wagner Cut semi-finalist during her time at the institution. She also engaged in legal research on behalf of the National Education Association, organized a homeless law seminar, and interned as a legal assistant for National Public Radio's coverage of both US Supreme Court and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Judge's Bork, Ginsburg, and Kennedy. After law school, Judge Longley returned to her beloved home state of Maine, where she was awarded a judicial clerkship assisting Maine's Superior Court Judges with research and drafting of court orders.
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