Board of Overseers of the Bar

The Board and its Mission

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar was created by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 1978 to govern the conduct of lawyers as officers of the Court. The Board is an independent agency under the jurisdiction of the Court.

The mission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar is to encourage and promote competent and ethical practice by members of the Maine Bar, and to make these standards known to members of the public, so that they have confidence in the legal profession in Maine. The Board accomplishes its mission on several fronts including attorney registration, continuing legal education requirements, ethical guidance, and attorney regulation. [Read more]

Ethics Helpline for Registered Maine Attorneys

The Board of Overseers of the Bar provides assistance to Maine attorneys through its "Ethics Helpline" on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To speak with one of the Board's staff attorneys, call the Board's office at 207-623-1122. [Read more]

In Memoriam

The In Memoriam page is dedicated to honoring those members of the Maine Bar who have passed away in recent years. When available, links to full obituaries and news articles are also accessible. Click here to view the In Memoriam page.

Court News

Announcements and News Releases for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Upcoming CLE Presentations by Bar Counsel

Date Session Title Organization Location Speaker
9/23/2016 Ethical Considerations in Landlord and Tenant Representation Maine State Bar Association Augusta Civic Center J. Scott Davis
9/23/2016 Ethics for Solos and Small Firms Lincoln County Bar Association Le Garage, Wiscasset Aria Eee
12/14/2016 Worker's Comp CLE National Business Institute Fireside Inn, Portland J. Scott Davis

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
8/30/2016 9:30 AM Randy L. Robinson, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #2
8/30/2016 10:30 AM Anita M. Volpe, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center Bangor - Courtroom #302
9/8/2016 9:00 AM Carl G. Buzawa U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Portland
9/8/2016 9:00 AM Jeffrey S. Hamm U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Portland
9/8/2016 9:00 AM Jeremey A. Miller U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Portland

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
8/25/2016 Peter J. Richard, Jr. Grievance Commission Admonition Registration, Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters, Misconduct
8/25/2016 Robert M. Napolitano, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Probation Competence, Diligence, Communication with Client, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
8/10/2016 Douglas B. Chapman, Esq. Single Justice Receiver Appointment Receiver Appointment
8/8/2016 Marilyn E. Stavros, Esq. Single Justice Receiver Discharge Order Receiver Discharge Order
8/5/2016 Paul L. Letourneau Single Justice Receiver Appointment Receiver Appointment

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