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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]
Board Committee Releases Proposed Revisions to Maine Bar Rules
In October 2011, the Board of Overseers of the Bar established the Committee to Review Maine’s Disciplinary Enforcement Rules. The committee is comprised of Board members and staff, attorney and public members of the Grievance Commission, disciplinary defense counsel and respondent attorneys, and proceeded to hold 18 meetings to compare the Maine Bar Rules with the ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement. The committee has produced a draft of the proposed Maine Bar Rules incorporating some aspects of the current Maine Bar Rules as well as the ABA Model Rules. [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]
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.
Upcoming CLE Presentations by Bar Counsel
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