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]
Task Force to Study Bar Demographics
In August 2013, the Board of Overseers of the Bar convened a Task Force to Study Maine's Bar Demographics. In the months since, members of the Task Force have undertaken a holistic view of the bar from those entering the profession to those retiring. The Task Force has collected articles, statistics and reports, both state and national, which discuss lawyer statistics, aging lawyers and retirement, succession planning and the challenges facing recent law school graduates. Click here to view articles, statistics and reports.
The Task Force will be submitting a report to the Board in 2014 discussing its findings specific to the Maine Bar.
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]
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.
Upcoming CLE Presentations by Bar Counsel
|4/4/2014||Mandatory Reporting||Administrative Office of the Courts||Sable Oaks Marriott, Portland||Aria Eee|
|5/1/2014||Candor to Tribunals||Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services||Haraseeket Inn - Freeport||Aria Eee, Alan P. Kelley|
|3/24/2014||10:00 AM||James Scott Wheeler||Board of Overseers of the Bar|
Recent Decisions & Orders
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|2/28/2014||Julie Court Molloy||Single Justice||Reprimand Reciprocal Discipline||Reciprocal Discipline|
|2/24/2014||Charles T. Ferris, Esq.||Single Justice||Order and Decision||Order on Reconsideration No. 2|
|1/31/2014||Charles T. Ferris, Esq.||Single Justice||Suspension||Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel; Respect for Rights of Third Persons, Inadvertent Disclosures; Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants; Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit or Misrepresentation; Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice|
|1/27/2014||Matthew E. Clark, Esq.||Single Justice||Suspension||Competence; Scope of Representation; Diligence; Communication; Excessive Fees; Safekeeping of Client Property; Termination of Representation|
|1/15/2014||Scott David Giese, Esq.||Single Justice||Order for Monitoring||Monitoring Order|