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
6/9/2017 Ethics Hancock County Bar Association Ellsworth J. Scott Davis
6/21/2017 2017 MSBA Summer Conference Maine State Bar Association Sugarloaf, Carrabasset Valley, ME Aria Eee, Angela Morse
7/21/2017 Ethics and Rural Practice Maine Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) Preque Isle Aria Eee, Angela Morse
8/8/2017 CASA Training CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates Kaplan University, Augusta ME Angela Morse
8/29/2017 Ethics Maine Worker's Compensation Summit Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
6/14/2017 9:00 AM Anthony P. Shusta II, Esq. U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Portland

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
5/19/2017 Barry L. Pretzel, Esq. Single Justice Receiver Appointment Receiver Appointment
5/18/2017 John E. Harrington, Jr. Single Justice Receiver Appointment Receiver Appointment
5/5/2017 John D. Bunker, Esq. Grievance Commission Admonition Diligence, Conflict of Interest: Current Clients, Imputation of Conflict of Interests
5/3/2017 Robert M. Napolitano, Esq. Grievance Commission Order Amended Order of Stipulated Report of Findings and Probation and Mandate
4/21/2017 Claire Adami Ginder Single Justice Reinstatement: Administrative Reinstatement: Administrative

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