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Chafee appoints Durfee to chair Judicial Nominating Commission; Biliouris also appointed

December 2, 2011

Governor Chafee has made two selections for the Judicial Nominating Commission, including Louise Durfee of Tiverton as chair:

“Louise Durfee is among the most accomplished and experienced legal minds inRhode Island,” Governor Chafee said. “Her presence on the Judicial Nominating Commission will bring valuable insight, perspective, and expertise based on decades of outstanding work in the legal profession,Rhode Islandstate government, and many civic and charitable causes.”

The Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with screening applicants for vacancies on all ofRhode Island’s courts. Upon notification of a judicial vacancy, the Commission advertises for interested candidates, who then complete an extensive application. The Commission then selects candidates to be interviewed, solicits public comment, and conducts background checks. Based on the information developed throughout this process, the Commission votes and submits to the Governor a list of 3-5 highly qualified individuals for each vacancy.

Louise Durfee is currently an attorney with her own practice, with a primary emphasis on general business, corporate, real estate, and environmental law. Previously, she served for 10 years as partner with theProvidenceoffice of Brown Rudnick LLP; for three years as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, under then-Governor Bruce G. Sundlun; and for over 20 years as a partner at the firm of Tillinghast, Collins & Graham. Early in her career, Durfee was at attorney with both American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and Mobil Oil Company and served as the first General Counsel to the Narragansett Bay Commission. For two years, Durfee was an instructor in the Government Department at her alma mater,Connecticut College, where she taught courses in American Government and Constitutional Law. ….

Governor Chafee also announced the appointment of Alexander Biliouris of North Smithfield, RI, from a list of names submitted by House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry, in accordance with RI General Law 8-16.1-2.

“Alex will make an excellent addition to the JNC,” Minority Leader Newberry said. “Not only does he have a long track record of public service and community involvement inNorth Smithfieldbut as a non-lawyer he will bring a different perspective to one of the most important commissions in the State.”

Mr. Biliouris is currently Principal Broker-Partner at Next Move Realty and was previously CEO of Alexander & Company. He has been a professional real estate broker since 1989, engaged in commercial and residential sales and rentals, as well as commercial and residential property management, development, and construction. He is a former member of the Board of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a former consultant to the Rhode Island Small Business DevelopmentCenter, a former member of the North Smithfield Budget Committee, a former President of the North Smithfield Town Council, and a current member of the North Smithfield Planning Board. In 1985, he was recognized by the Small Business Administration for outstanding support and dedicated effort to benefit the business of our nation. Mr. Biliouris received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University.

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