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
1/5/2018 Maine Ethics Year In Review Waterville Bar Association Joseph's Fireside Restaurant, Waterville Alan P. Kelley
1/9/2018 What’s Love Got to Do With It? Practicing Law, Staying Sane and Getting Paid. Gignoux Inn of Court Portland Country Club Aria Eee

Upcoming Hearings

Date Time Respondent Location
1/5/2018 9:00 AM William B. Gillespie, Esq. Capital Judicial Center - Courtroom #6
1/10/2018 9:30 AM Lawrence A. Lunn, Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center - Courtroom #301
1/25/2018 9:00 AM Eugene McLaughlin, Jr., Esq. Penobscot Judicial Center Bangor - Courtroom #201

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Recent Decisions & Orders

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Date Respondent Issued By Order Disposition/Conduct
11/21/2017 Timothy C. Coughlin, Esq. Single Justice Reprimand Reciprocal Discipline
11/21/2017 Jeremey A. Miller Single Justice Disbarment Reciprocal Discipline
11/13/2017 Richard C. Anderson Single Justice Reinstatement: Administrative Reinstatement: Administrative
10/31/2017 Anthony A. Trask, Esq. Grievance Commission Admonition Diligence, Communication with Client
10/13/2017 Christopher W. Keenan, Esq. Single Justice Reciprocal Discipline Safekeeping Property, Responsibilities regarding Non-Lawyer Assistants, Bar Admission & Disciplinary Matters, Violate or Attempt to Violate any Provision of the MRPC or the Maine Bar Rules

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