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Maine 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]

Task Force to Study Bar Demographics
In August 2013, the Board of Overseers of the Bar convened a Task Force to Study Maine's Bar Demographics. In the months since, members of the Task Force have undertaken a holistic view of the bar from those entering the profession to those retiring. The Task Force has collected articles, statistics and reports, both state and national, which discuss lawyer statistics, aging lawyers and retirement, succession planning and the challenges facing recent law school graduates. Click here to view articles, statistics and reports.

The Task Force will be submitting a report to the Board in 2014 discussing its findings specific to the Maine Bar.

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]

Change of Information

Each attorney who is admitted to practice law in Maine must keep the Board of Overseers of the Bar apprised of the attorney's current residence and office address and must notify the Board of any change in address or other information previously provided on a registration statement (see Maine Bar Rule 6(a)). Most information can be updated online when logged into the Board's website. A name change request must be accompanied by documentation of the change, such as, marriage license, divorce decree, or court order, and must be submitted in writing. If you are requesting a name change or are unable to update your information online, please use the Change of Information and Replacement Card Form to update your registration information. The form may also be used to obtain a replacement attorney registration card.

Court News

Announcements and News Releases for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Upcoming CLE Presentations by Bar Counsel

The following is a list of upcoming scheduled presentations by Bar Counsel:

Date Session Title Organization Location Speaker
5/2/2014 VLP Courthouse Assistance Project Washington County Bar Machias District Court J. Scott Davis
6/3/2014 Ethics and Powers of Attorney Maine State Bar Association Webinar Aria Eee
7/19/2014 Family Law Ethics National Business Institute Fireside Inn, Portland Aria Eee
8/21/2014 Ethical Pitfalls for New Lawyers ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Webinar Aria Eee

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Date Time Respondent Location
5/21/2014 8:00 AM Steven J. Lyman, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center Bangor - Courtroom #303

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order
4/17/2014 Ronald E. Hoffman Single Justice Resignation Resignation
4/10/2014 Philip P. Mancini, Esq. Grievance Commission Dismissal No Misconduct
4/10/2014 Paul E. Peck, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Candor to the Tribunal; Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
4/10/2014 Alexander W. P. Saksen, Esq. Grievance Commission Dismissal with Warning Candor to the Tribunal; Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
4/4/2014 Scott D. Giese, Esq. Single Justice Suspension Diligence; Communication; Unreasonable/Excessive fee; Conduct that reflects adversely on the Lawyer's Honesty, Trustworthiness or Fitness; Conduct prejudicial to the Administration of Justice

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