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]

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
5/2/2014 VLP Courthouse Assistance Project Washington County Bar Machias District Court J. Scott Davis
6/3/2014 Ethics and Powers of Attorney Maine State Bar Association Webinar Aria Eee
7/19/2014 Family Law Ethics National Business Institute Fireside Inn, Portland Aria Eee
8/21/2014 Ethical Pitfalls for New Lawyers ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Webinar Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
5/21/2014 8:00 AM Steven J. Lyman, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center Bangor - Courtroom #303

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Conduct
4/17/2014 Ronald E. Hoffman Single Justice Resignation Resignation
4/10/2014 Alexander W. P. Saksen, Esq. Grievance Commission Dismissal with Warning Candor to the Tribunal; Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
4/10/2014 Paul E. Peck, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Candor to the Tribunal; Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
4/10/2014 Philip P. Mancini, Esq. Grievance Commission Dismissal No Misconduct
4/4/2014 William B. Cote Single Justice Order and Decision Order for the winding down and closure of law office

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