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STATE OF MAINE JUDICIAL BRANCH PANDEMIC MANAGEMENT ORDER

By Order of February 23, 2021

The Supreme Judicial Court has issued PMO-SJC-11

In its Order, the Court extended the automatic grace period established by Maine Bar Rule 5(l)(1) for attorneys to comply with their MCLE requirements. The grace period now runs until 4:30 p.m. on April 30, 2021. Please see below for the link to the Court's Order.

Attorneys lacking 2020 credit hours will be able to earn and report until April 30, 2021. Please note, the Boards website reporting portal will close for administrative purposes at 4:30 p.m. on February 26, 2021. The portal will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on March 5, 2021.

Once the portal reopens, attorneys should click on MyBoardAccess to log in and complete the reporting process. After logging in, any necessary documents can be uploaded on the 2020 portal.

Important reminder: per CLE policy, approved providers report attorney attendance for live programming directly to the Board. Providers do so via a roster within 30 days of the program. To ensure accuracy and efficiency, the Board uses only that roster for entering CLE credits. Please do not submit the provider certificates you received to the Board, as those certificates are for your records.

Thank you for your cooperation and feel free to contact the Board office with any questions.



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In light of the evolving concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus and in an effort to slow the rate of infection, the Board of Overseers of the Bar has implemented precautionary measures. These new protocols include restricting building access only to staff and partnering with CLE providers to present live streaming and educational programs. Please feel free to contact our office at 207-623-1121 with any questions or concerns and check our website for changes to scheduled hearings or programs. We want to make thoughtful decisions about any programmatic revisions. We will continue to monitor the advice of local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust plans as appropriate.

Please keep up to date on all the latest Pandemic Management Orders issued by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Among the important details, is the Court's suspension of the in-person requirement for Maine Bar Rule 5 CLE programs.

Please refer to our partners at the Maine State Bar Association and their website for all the latest information regarding Court matters and pertinent Orders.

We thank you for your patience and support. Let’s all do what we can to help keep our community healthy.


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

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Upcoming CLE Presentations

Date Session Title Organization Location Speaker
4/27/2021 Protect Your Law Firm from the Biggest Security Threats of 2021, Without Having to Become a Security Expert or Waste Your Valuable Time Board of Overseers of the Bar zoom with Red Cave Consultant Jared Correia & Tom Lambotte, CEO w/GlobalMac IT Aria Eee
4/29/2021 "Bias and the Jury" Board of Overseers & MSBA Webinar Aria Eee, Dr. Destiny Peery
4/30/2021 Breakfast of Champions Board of Overseers of the Bar Zoom with Bill Nugent from Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers and Judges Aria Eee

Hearings & Notices

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
4/2/2021 Christopher J. Whalley Single Justice Suspension/Monitoring Order
3/25/2021 Michael P. Kenney Single Justice Reinstatement
3/23/2021 Charles T. Ferris, Esq. Grievance Commission Report of Findings and Order
3/19/2021 Lawrence A. Lunn, Esq. Single Justice Interim Order
3/10/2021 Gary M. Prolman Grievance Commission Reinstatement Not Recommended

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