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

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
1/29/2019 9:00 AM Anthony J. Sineni III, Esq. Capital Judicial Center
1/30/2019 9:00 AM Anthony J. Sineni III, Esq. Capital Judicial Center
2/13/2019 9:00 AM Gary M. Prolman, Esq. Capital Judicial Center

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
1/4/2019 Denise J. Dion Goodwin Single Justice Reinstatement: Administrative Reinstatement: Administrative
1/3/2019 Eugene McLaughlin, Jr. Single Justice Findings and Conclusions Competence, Conflict of Interest, Candor to Tribunals, Statements in Disciplinary Matters, Misconduct
12/20/2018 Seth T. Carey Single Justice Suspension Knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal, Commit a criminal or unlawful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
12/18/2018 Scott G. Adams, Esq. Law Court Decision Affirmed Reprimand Decision Affirmed
12/18/2018 John H. Branson, Esq. Single Justice Reinstatement Reinstatement from Disability Suspension

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