Hon. David Kennedy

Adjunct Instructor

About David

Hon. John David Kennedy, is commonly known to his colleagues and friends as David, was recently appointed as Maine’s Judicial Outreach Liaison. He is serving in that function through his consulting firm, The Kennedy Group, LLC, as a sub-contractor to Dirigo Safety, LLC, which is the primary contractor for Maine’s NHTSA-funded Initiatives That Work program. In addition, he is a Senior Counsel with the firm of Eaton Peabody in Brunswick, where his practice is limited to mediation and arbitration, including ADR services in cases involving vintage and collector automobiles.

Prior to Judge Kennedy retiring from the bench in 2014, he served as a Judge of the MaineDistrict Court from 2002 to 2014, and prior to that was a Magistrate in the Family Division from1998 to 2002. He was awarded the Career Performance Award, the Judicial Branch’s highest achievement award, in 2013. Before his judicial service he was a Regional Administrator for theAdministrative Office of the Courts; served as the Revisor of Statutes for the Maine Legislature, litigated matters at Amerling & Burns, PA, and served as Executive Director at Pine Tree LegalAssistance. He has an A.B. degree from the College of the Holy Cross (1973), a J.D. degree fromBoston University Law School (1976), and completed post-graduate seminars in mediation and facilitation at the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School (1995-96).

Together with Justice Andrew M. Horton he is a co-author of Do Your Divorce Right; Straight Talk fromFamily Court Judges. Judge Kennedy is a frequent presenter at various legal education programs in Maine.As Maine’s first Judicial Outreach Liaison, Judge Kennedy will be working with judges, court staff and other stakeholders to provide information, resources, and training on impaired driving highway safety issues.

Recognizing the need for appropriate education and training in this area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it a priority to provide resources to educate judges and other court staff on impaired driving issues. Partnering with the Judicial Division of theAmerican Bar Association, NHTSA has created a national program of Judicial Outreach Liaisons as a part of itsCountermeasures that Work initiative. Under this program, seven NHTSA regions now have JOLs, covering 36 states, and 11 states have their own JOL.

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