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]

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 by Bar Counsel

Date Session Title Organization Location Speaker
6/12/2018 Fundamentals of Jurisdiction and Ethics York County Bar Association Ramada Inn, Saco Aria Eee
6/14/2018 Ethics and Client Relations Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Freeport Aria Eee
6/28/2018 A Matter of Law Firm Financial Practices & Trust Maine State Bar Association Freeport Hilton Garden Inn Aria Eee
7/18/2018 Technology York County Bar Association Ramada Inn, Saco J. Scott Davis
8/27/2018 Ethics Strategic HR Worker’s Compensation Summit, Rockport Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
6/7/2018 9:30 AM Joseph R. Sanchez Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
6/7/2018 11:00 AM Mark L. Walker, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
5/11/2018 Timothy M. Vogel, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Promptly reply to Reasonable requests for Information
5/9/2018 Mary B. Devine, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Diligence, Communication, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
5/9/2018 Jennifer A. Davis, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Diligence, Communication, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
5/9/2018 William S. Maddox, Esq. Grievance Commission Admonition Diligence, Communication
5/9/2018 William B. Gillespie, Esq. Grievance Commission Reprimand Diligence, Communication, Failure to return Client's Property, Declining or Terminating Representation, Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice

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