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
11/28/2017 The Ethical Minefield of Modern Technology and Social Media Board of Overseers and Maine State Bar Association Augusta Civic Center Aria Eee
11/29/2017 Bridging the Gap Maine State Bar Association Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport Aria Eee
12/6/2017 How the Board of Overseers’ Grievance Commission Really Works: What Respondent Attorneys Should…and Shouldn’t do. John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court at the Tarrantine Club Bangor J. Scott Davis
12/8/2017 Ethics-Current Developments Lincoln County Bar Association Newcastle, ME Aria Eee
1/5/2018 Maine Ethics Year In Review Waterville Bar Association Joseph's Fireside Restaurant, Waterville Alan P. Kelley

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
12/5/2017 9:00 AM Edwin R. Jonas III Cumberland County Superior Court
12/6/2017 1:00 PM Paul L. Letourneau Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
1/5/2018 9:00 AM William B. Gillespie, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
1/10/2018 9:30 AM Lawrence A. Lunn, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center - Courtroom #301

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
11/13/2017 Richard C. Anderson Single Justice Reinstatement: Administrative Reinstatement: Administrative
10/31/2017 Anthony A. Trask, Esq. Grievance Commission Admonition Diligence, Communication with Client
10/13/2017 Christopher W. Keenan, Esq. Single Justice Reciprocal Discipline Safekeeping Property, Responsibilities regarding Non-Lawyer Assistants, Bar Admission & Disciplinary Matters, Violate or Attempt to Violate any Provision of the MRPC or the Maine Bar Rules
10/13/2017 Matthew E. Campbell, Esq. Grievance Commission Admonition Competence, Diligence, Responsibilities regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
9/29/2017 Erielle L. Dexter Grievance Commission Reprimand Registration, Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters, Violate or Attempt to Violate the MRPC or the Maine Bar Rules,Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice

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