Statement of Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley on the death of Justice Samuel Collins

March 23, 2012

Justice Sam Collins was the quintessential gentleman. As an attorney, a legislator, and a judge he inspired respect for his own work and respect for the law. Personally, I loved working with Sam, and I particularly remember his days on the Legislature when I was a very new lawyer. He was kind, supportive, and very smart, and he expected and inspired thoughtful and thorough work in everyone around him. It was such an honor to serve with him on the Maine Judiciary, years later. I always felt that Justice Collins was someone who made the rest of us want to be better people. On behalf of all who knew him and worked with him in the Maine Judicial Branch, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Collins family. He will be greatly missed by his friends on the Maine Bench and throughout the legal community.