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]
NewsBoard of Overseers of the Bar State of Maine CLE Website
For all matters related to Continuing Legal Education please visit: www.MECLE.org to register your new account or to login. This website is your resource for tracking your CLE progress, checking your compliance status, looking for CLEs and answering frequently asked questions.
The Board of Overseers website will remain your primary resource for all non-CLE related Board matters. You will continue to use MyBoardAccess for annual registration, updating contact info, printing your bar card and attorney access to the bar directory.
*Please note: Your MyBoardAccess credentials will not work for your new MyCLEAccess account.
To register and create an account in MyCLEAccess, simply follow these steps:
1.) From the homepage, click "Register" at the MyCLEAccess portal.
2.) On the next screen you will enter your bar number and date of birth. Do not add any leading zeros to your bar number. Enter your date of birth with no slashes or dashes in the following format: MMDDYYYY.
3.) This will lead you to the final set up screen where you will create your login and password.
That's it! You should now have access to your CLE transcript and be able to see your courses posted for 2024 so far. If you read that you are currently non-compliant for 2024, don't worry! You have the entire calendar year to achieve compliance for 2024. You will see on your account summary page how many credits you may need before the end of the year or how many carry over credits you have already earned for next year. To see a detailed list of courses on your record simply click Full Transcript. Any credits you complete may take up to 45 days to appear on your record depending on when your credits are reported to the Board.
Please contact CLE Director David Morse at email@example.com, CLE Assistant Cathleen Doucette at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Executive Director Aria Eee at email@example.com with any questions.
Law Office Management Services Now Available
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Please visit the Legal Resources page to learn more about Red Cave.
You'll also find a link to the new Law Office Management Blog
Upcoming CLE Presentations
|2023 CPE Reporting Form
Hearings & Notices
|Sakineh Majd Reinstatement Notice
|In re Reinstatement of Christian Chandler
|In re Reinstatement of Donna Vincenti
|Board v. Scott L. Fenstermaker
|Belfast District Courthouse - Courtroom #2
|Board v. Donald J. Gasink, Esq.
|Video Conference: via Zoom link
Recent Decisions & Orders
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|Board v. David M. Zirschky, Esq.
|Report of Findings and Order [PDF]
|Failure to report criminal conviction; Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; Failure to respond to lawful demand for information; and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
|Christopher J. Whalley
|Receiver Discharge Order [PDF]
|In Re James P. Dunleavy, Esq.
|Receiver Appointment Order [PDF]
|Karen M. Burke, Esq.
|Receiver Appointment Amended Order [PDF]
|In re William N. Ferm
|Receiver Appointment Amended Order [PDF]
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.
- Attorney Address/Name Change Form
- Attorney Registration
- Attorney Roster Totals
- Bar Counsel Notes
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Continuing Legal Education
- Custody of Attorney Wills
- Ethics Helpline
- Ethics Opinions
- Fee Disputes
- GAL Review Board
- Grievance Complaints
- Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection
- Maine Bar Rules
- Maine Rules of Professional Conduct
- New Attorney Registration
- Proxy Designation
- Schedule of Fees