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    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • Cumberland County Courthouse, 205 Newbury Street, Portland

    The Portland District Court Bench is hosting a bench/bar meeting on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.  The meeting will take place in Courtroom #2.  Because we are scheduling the meeting during administrative week, we are hopeful that many of you will be able to attend.  We look forward to seeing you!

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Preti Flaherty, One City Center, Portland

    The Administrative Order creating the Business and Consumer Docket (aka the “BCD” or the “Business and Consumer Court”) was issued on Nov. 4, 2008.   In the ensuing 10 years, many attorneys have brought cases to the Business Court, but others have not.  The purpose of the presentation will be to discuss how the Business Court works, and how it might fit into your arbitration, litigation, and trial practice.

     Topics covered will include the following:

    • The mission and purpose of the Business Court
    •  Judicial staffing of the Business Court
    • Types of cases frequently litigated in Business Court
    • How to transfer a case to Business Court
    • Rules of practice in Business Court
    • Business Court mythbusting
    • What to expect in Business Court including Judicial Settlement Conferences
    • Business Court as an alternative to arbitration

    Speakers: Justice Michaela Murphy & Judge Mike Duddy

    This program offers one hour of general CLE credit.  Lunch is provided.  Please email Jennifer Lechner at lechner@cumberlandbar.org with any dietary restrictions.

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    • Cumberland Club, 116 High Street, Portland

    Nan Heald, Esq.
    The Honorable Jon D. Levy
    Katharine I. Rand, Esq.

    Panelists will review the history and implementation of the new Maine CLE rule that states:

    “As part of the required credit hours referenced in Rule 5(c)(1), attorneys must earn at least one in-person credit hour in the recognition and avoidance of harassment and discriminatory communication or conduct related to the practice of law as set out in the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct. . .”

    Panelists will also discuss the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct Canon amendment that states in part, “A judge shall perform the duties of judicial office, including administrative duties, without bias or prejudice.”  What is the role of the judiciary in preventing bias in the courtroom?

    This program offers 1.0 hours of bias/harassment CLE credit.  

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Bernstein Shur, 100 Middle Street, West Tower, Portland

    Speakers: Judge Peter Darvin,  Judge Jed French, and Magistrate Najarian

     Judges French and Darvin and Magistrate Najarian will offer a panel presentation and interactive discussion on a wide range of family law issues with a focus on recommended best practices, including:

    • Prefiling preparation and best use of case management conferences
    • Interim Relief: Strategies and expected outcomes
    • Judicial Settlement Conferences: When and how to best use
    • Child Custody: Effective advocacy versus mudslinging
    • GAL: How to use the GAL most effectively 
    • Real Estate: Who gets the house and why?
    • Property division: Overall presentation and how to deal with the 'pots and pans'
    • Spousal support: Successful approaches and outcomes
    • Attorney's Fees: Getting the other party to pay for your fees?
    • Forms and proposed Orders: What you should include

    This program offers 1.5 hours of general CLE credit.  


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Freeport, Maine 04032

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