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Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers & Judges
The Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers & Judges (MAP) was established to help provide immediate and continuing help to lawyers and judges and University of Maine School of Law students and applicants for admission to the Bar of the state of Maine (collectively "students/applicants") who suffer from the effects of chemical dependency or mental conditions that result from disease, disorder, trauma, or other infirmity and that impair their ability to practice law or serve in a judicial capacity.
MAP has three purposes:
1 To protect the interests of clients and the general public from harm caused by impaired lawyers or judges;
2. To assist impaired members of the legal profession and students/applicants to begin and continue recovery;
3. To educate the bench, the bar, and the public to the causes of and remedies for impairments affecting members of the legal profession and students/applicants.
The MAP Commission shall consist of eight members and shall include two persons who are not members of the legal profession. The members shall have diverse experience, knowledge, and demonstrated competence in the problems of chemical dependency or mental conditions that impair members of the legal profession. Members are appointed for a term of three years, with no term limit.
The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
1. To establish MAP policies and procedures consistent with the Maine Rules for MAP. Such policies and procedures shall be established after reasonable notice to the Maine bench and bar and opportunity for comment.
2. To operate the program to achieve its purposes.
3. To develop private and public funding sources for MAP.
4. To assure the duties listed under Rule 3 of the Maine Rules for MAP are carried out in the absence of a director of the program.
5. To prepare an annual budget for approval by the Court.
6. To make reports to the Court annually or as otherwise required.
Related website: Maine Assistance Program
Updated: April 13, 2023
Term expires February 11, 2023
John Nicolas Ruf, Esq., Rockland
Term expires May 11, 2023
Jane M. Moriarty, Esq., Kennebunk (Chair)
Term expires July 7, 2023
Hon. MaryGay Kennedy, Maine Superior Court, Cumberland County
Term expires November 20, 2023
Lisa Love, MSN, CNS, BC, Brunswick
Terms expire December 13, 2023
Charles W. Smith, Esq., Saco
Anthony A. Trask, Esq., Bangor (Vice-Chair)
Terms expire March 1, 2025
Julia Teitel, Esq., Brunswick
Gerald P. Conley, Esq., Portland
Hon. Rick E. Lawrence, Supreme Judicial Court Liaison