Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Judith W. Thornton

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Docket No.: BAR-12-6

Issued by: Supreme Judicial Court

Date: December 14, 2012

Respondent: Judith W. Thornton

Bar Number: 003807

Order: Order and Decision

Disposition/Conduct: Order Discharging Receiver


Pending before the Court is the Receiver's Status Report and Petition for Discharge filed on December 3, 2012. For good cause shown and without objection, the Receiver's Petition for Discharge is GRANTED as follows:

It is hereby ORDERED that Attorney Robert J. Stolt is discharged as Receiver of the law practice of suspended attorney Judith W. Thornton.

In that regard, the Court acknowledges the enormous effort and valuable service Attorney Stolt has provided as Receiver, thanks him for his work, and extends its sincere appreciation for his willingness to serve. The Maine Bar is fortunate to have such generous and dedicated practitioners within its ranks.

It is further ORDERED that the Board of Overseers of the Bar shall act as primary caretaker of Judith W. Thornton's unclaimed client files. Accordingly, the Board shall maintain Thornton's unclaimed client files for a minimum of eight years. After eight years, these unclaimed files shall be destroyed. However, the Board shall retain and tend those items of intrinsic value (original wills and deeds) as long as they retain their value.

Ellen Gorman

Associate Justice

Maine Supreme Judicial Court