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
12/5/2016 Ethical Summary for 2016 Penobscot Bar Association Penobscot Judicial Center J. Scott Davis
12/7/2016 Sixth Annual Legal Ethics Seminar Maine State Bar Association Augusta Civic Center J. Scott Davis, Aria Eee, Alan P. Kelley, Paul W. Chaiken
12/14/2016 Workers' Comp CLE National Business Institute Fireside Inn, Portland J. Scott Davis
12/16/2016 Ethics York Bar Association Ramada Inn, Saco J. Scott Davis
12/16/2016 Ethical Considerations-Hot Topics Cumberland County Bar Association Verrill Dana LLP, Portland ME Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
12/19/2016 9:00 AM Darrick X. Banda, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #5

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
11/21/2016 Seth T. Carey, Esq. Single Justice Suspended Suspension Competence, Diligence, Candor Toward a Tribunal, Violate or Attempt to Violate any provision of the MRPC or the Maine Bar Rules, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
11/16/2016 Martha D. Kelley Single Justice Reinstatement Reinstatement
11/10/2016 Elizabeth M. Brogan Single Justice Reinstatement Reinstatement
11/10/2016 Anthony P. Shusta II, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Communication, Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants, Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
10/31/2016 John S. Jerabek, Esq. Single Justice Receiver Discharge Order Receiver Discharge Order

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