The Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen 10 lawyers to interview for the seat left vacant by the death of District Court Judge William C. Clifton Sr.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen 10 lawyers to interview for the seat left vacant by the death of District Court Judge William C. Clifton Sr.

They are Warwick lawyer Anthony F. Amalfetano; Wakefield lawyer John R. Bernardo III, who is also in the running for a magistrate post on the state Traffic Tribunal; longtime North Providence Probate Judge Paula M. Cuculo; and Deborah S. Gonzalez, director of the Immigration Clinic at Roger Williams University.

Also in the running for the $153,340 position are Casby Harrison III, managing partner at the Providence firm, Harrison Law Associates; Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy G. Healy, chief of the juvenile unit; bail commissioner and former prosecutor George J. Lazieh, of the Law Offices of Steven B. Stein; Paul D. Ragosta, who is also being considered for Superior Court; Terrence G. Simpson, of Kelly, Kelleher, Reilly & Simpson; and Christopher Knox Smith, an assistant public defender for the state.

Clifton, husband of 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, died March 25 at age 75.

All but Harrison are also being considered for the District Court seat created by the retirement of disgraced former judge Rafael A. Ovalles. Ragosta will also be interviewed for Superior Court.