Eric M. Mehnert has served as the Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court since 2008. He presides over the Nation’s Criminal and Civil Courts as well as the Nation’s Healing to Wellness Court. He tells anyone who will listen that it is the best job he ever had--and ever hopes to have.
He is a member of the bars of the State of Maine, the State of Massachusetts, and has been admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts of Maine and Massachusetts, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to his appointment to the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court Eric served as the Chief of Enforcement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commission against Discrimination overseeing a staff of 45 investigators and 15 attorneys in prosecuting discrimination actions throughout the Commonwealth. He has served on the Maine Advisory Group to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Board of Directors of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, and the Executive Board of the Portland Branch of the NAACP.