NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

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Proposed amendments to the Maine Bar Rules

Proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct

STATE OF MAINE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT

Proposals by the
Advisory Committee on Professional Conduct
on recording of Fee Arbitration Commission proceedings
and on conflicts of interest when lawyers change firms

Comments due on or before 4:00 p.m. on March 28, 2018

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposals by the Advisory Committee on Professional Conduct to (1) amend the Maine Bar Rules to require that all proceedings before the Fee Arbitration Commission be recorded and that those proceedings be transcribed upon request and (2) amend the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct to modify the rules governing conflicts of interest when a lawyer changes firms. The proposed amendments are available at the links above.

Any comments must be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  Comments may be in writing mailed to the address below or in an email sent to lawcourt.clerk@courts.maine.gov.  If the comments are in an attachment to the email, the attachment must be a document in portable document format (.pdf).  The Clerk’s Office will acknowledge receipt of the email via reply email.

All comments must contain (1) the name and mailing address of the individual submitting the comments, and (2) the name, mailing address, and primary telephone number of the organization (if any) on whose behalf the comments are submitted. An individual need not be an attorney to submit comments individually or on behalf of an organization.

Comments are public documents and may be posted on the Court’s website.

Dated: March 14, 2018

Matthew Pollack, Executive Clerk
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
205 Newbury Street Room 139
Portland, Maine 04112-0368
(207) 822-4146