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
3/7/2018 Ethics York Bar Association Ramada Inn, Saco Aria Eee
3/29/2018 Ethics Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association Mariner's Church, Portland J. Scott Davis, Aria Eee
4/12/2018 Practice Management and Trust Accounts Maine State Bar Association Freeport Garden Inn Aria Eee
5/2/2018 Ethics Administrative Office of the Courts Sable Oaks Marriott, South Portland Aria Eee
6/15/2018 Ethics and Client Relations Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Freeport Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
3/8/2018 2:30 PM William B. Gillespie, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
3/15/2018 9:00 AM Jeffrey P. White, Esq. U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Portland
4/27/2018 9:00 AM Timothy M. Vogel, Esq. Cumberland County Superior Court - Courtroom #10

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
2/16/2018 Eugene McLaughlin, Jr., Esq. Grievance Commission Report Finding of Probable Cause for Filing of Information with the Court Competence, Conflict of Interest: Current Clients, Knowingly Disobey an obligation under the Rules of a Tribunal, Respect for Rights of Third Persons; Inadvertent Disclosures, Knowingly make a false statement of material fact, Misconduct
2/15/2018 Christopher G. Limberis Single Justice Receiver Appointment Receiver Appointment
2/1/2018 Jon P. Plourde, Esq. Single Justice Suspended Suspension Diligence, Communication, Candor Toward the Tribunal, Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel, Misconduct, Dishonesty, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
1/24/2018 Harold H. Burbank II Single Justice Suspension Competence, Diligence, Meritorious Claims and Contentions, Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel, Violate or attempt to violate any provision of the Maine Bar Rules or the MRPC, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
1/12/2018 Paul L. Letourneau Single Justice Suspension Conflict of Personal Interest, Declining or Terminating Representation, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice

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