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July 18, 2013

Maguire reflects on nearly three decades on the bench


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  Maguire has also served as an assistant state attorney general, the associate director for administration of the UK Tobacco and Health Research Institute and as a member of the state Mental Health Task Force and the Lake Cumberland Sub-Area Health Council of the East Kentucky Health Systems Agency.
Maguire had an interest in government service and politics early on. While in college he was selected to be a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Dr. Tim Lee Carter and later worked in the Washington office of U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper. After receiving his juris doctor from the UK College of Law, he served as an executive officer and staff attorney for what were at that time the state Department of Commerce and the Department of Personnel. He then returned to UK as assistant to the vice president for student affairs and later served as the associate dean of students. He was responsible for administering the student code of conduct and was the university's principal security and information liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military.
  Maguire's commitment to service dates from his public school days, when he was student body president. He attended Wake Forest University and UK on track scholarships and held several track records at both schools. After receiving his bachelor's degree from UK, he helped pay his way through law school by working as UK's assistant track coach.
 “One of the proudest moments of my life was when I was recently inducted Somerset High School Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Maguire. He played on the Briar Jumper football team when it won its first regional championship. He broke the state record in track, finished high in hurdles and was a member of the golf team.
  Maguire was reared in Somerset and is the son of the late John D. Maguire and Ethelberta Flippin Maguire. He is a founding member of Pulaski Heritage, a local preservation organization.
  Maguire will continue to reside in Somerset with Jane, his wife of 45 years. Their three children and six grandchildren also reside in Pulaski County.
  Will he continue to practice law? 
“Honestly, at this point, I don’t know,” said Maguire.

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