Board of Overseers of the Bar


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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

Announcements and News Releases for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Upcoming CLE Presentations

Date Session Title Organization Location Speaker
5/26/2022 Succession Planning for Lawyer -How to Value and Sell a Law Practice Board of Overseers of the Bar Webinar Aria Eee
6/2/2022 You're Muted: How Diverse Lawyers are Amplifying Their Voices ABA ABA National Professional Responsibility Conference, Baltimore Aria Eee
6/17/2022 Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Mentoring & Professionalism MSBA Bar Harbor Aria Eee
7/15/2022 Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice ABI Rockport Aria Eee

Hearings & Notices

Date Time Respondent Location
4/26/2022 Petition for Reinstatement of Heather B. Sanborn TBD
5/18/2022 1:00 PM In re Gary Prolman: Reinstatement Hearing After Remand. Cumberland County Superior Court - Courtroom #4
5/31/2022 1:00 PM Paul S. Bulger, Esq. Video Conference: This hearing will be live-streamed via YouTube and is open to the public to view. Direct access link will be posted prior to the hearing.
6/14/2022 10:00 AM Dan P. Umphrey, Esq. Video Conference: This hearing will be live-streamed via YouTube and is open to the public to view. Direct access link will be posted prior to the hearing.

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
5/12/2022 Matthew J. Martin, Esq. Single Justice Order Suspension
4/22/2022 Seth T. Carey Grievance Commission Report of Findings
4/14/2022 Gary M. Prolman Law Court Judgment vacated. Remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion. Remanded for further proceedings.
4/7/2022 Jennifer A. Willis Board of Overseers of the Bar Reinstatement Order
4/4/2022 Jennifer Ann Willis Single Justice Order

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