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]

Board Submits Proposed Revised Maine Bar Rules to Court

The Board of Overseers of the Bar established the Committee to Review Maine's Disciplinary Enforcement Rules in October 2011. The Committee, comprised of Board members and staff, attorney and public members of the Grievance Commission, disciplinary defense counsel and respondent attorneys, held 18 meetings between October 2011 and June 2014 to compare the Maine Bar Rules and the ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, and to compare and make recommendations about different approaches.  Generally, the Model Rules are a “one size fits all” approach, whereas the Maine Rules were designed to work in a state with a smaller bar. The Committee worked diligently to meld the best practices from both the ABA Model Rules and from the way things have been successfully undertaken here in Maine. It has vetted the proposed rules through two public hearings and has received and responded to helpful feedback from members of the bar. The Committee concluded its work this past June with the submission of a comprehensive rewrite of the Maine Bar Rules for the Court's consideration. Click here to download the proposed Maine Bar Rules.

Task Force to Study Bar Demographics Issues Report

In June 2014, the Board of Overseers of the Bar Task Force to Study Maine's Bar Demographics issued its Report and Recommendations to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In August of 2013, Task Force members were asked to examine the challenges facing the Maine bar with respect to the dearth of new lawyers working and residing in rural counties and the tsunami of retiring lawyers predicted within the next decade. Recognizing that the challenges are not unique to Maine, Task Force members were also asked to explore how other jurisdictions were responding to these concerns (click here to view articles and resources). The Task Force acknowledges that there is no “one-size fits all” solution to address the all of the issues and concerns addressed in its report. However, Task Force members identified several challenges and opportunities that will require action by legal organizations, the Court and the Legislature. Detailed information regarding the recommendations may be reviewed in Task Force's report.

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
Family Law Institute Maine State Bar Association Augusta Civic Center Aria Eee
3/31/2015 VLP Courthouse Assistance Program Waldo County Bar Association Belfast J. Scott Davis
4/1/2015 VLP Courthouse Assistance Program Hancock County Bar Ellsworth Paul W. Chaiken
4/16/2015 Bankruptcy Maine State Bar Association Augusta Civic Center Aria Eee
6/5/2015 Ethics Program Waterville County Bar Waterville Alan P. Kelley

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
4/6/2015 3:00 PM Stephen E. Langsdorf, Esq. Board of Overseers of the Bar
4/6/2015 3:15 PM Margaret P. Shalhoob, Esq. Board of Overseers of the Bar
4/10/2015 10:00 AM Brian D. Condon, Jr., Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
4/24/2015 9:00 AM Jeffrey Pickering, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center Bangor - Courtroom #302

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
3/5/2015 Charles Perrault Single Justice Order Staying Suspension Certification that Suspension is no Longer in Effect
2/18/2015 Merritt T. Heminway, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Competence, Diligence, Communication
2/5/2015 Ray R. Pallas, Esq. Single Justice Receiver Appointment Appointment of Receiver
2/5/2015 James M. Cameron Single Justice Resignation Resignation
1/15/2015 Paul E. Peck, Esq. Single Justice Order and Decision Decision and Order Dated April 10, 2014 is vacated

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