A valuable and long recognized function of the Maine State Bar Association is the opportunities it provides for its members to exchange ideas and discuss matters of legal importance in both formal and informal gatherings.
Twice each year, at the MSBA's annual meeting in January and at its summer meeting, traditionally held in late June, all members are able to renew acquaintanceships with colleagues, make new friends, explore the offerings of law-related vendors, listen to provocative and significant keynote speeches, participate in wide-ranging discussions of issues confronting the legal profession, and attend timely CLE sessions.
2015 Annual & Summer Meetings
2015 MSBA Annual Meeting: January 22-23, Samoset Resort, Rockport
2015 MSBA Summer Meeting: Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, Bar Harbor
CLE Programs include the annual Legal Year in Review and an annual Institute
Each fall, the MSBA conducts a daylong "Legal Year in Review" program at which several hundred Maine lawyers keep abreast of changes in statutory and case law, and the MSBA annually conducts a detail-packed "Bridging the Gap" day to help recent law school graduates make the transition from classroom to career. The MSBA also presents an annual Institute, which is an intensive practice-specific two-day event. There are five Institutes: Elder Law and Estate Planning, Business Law, Litigation, Real Estate, and Family Law. Each Institute is presented once every five years. In addition, many of the MSBA's sections and committees meet regularly around the state to update their members on developments in their fields of professional concentration. This year's meetings are: the Real Estate Institute, September 12-13, and Legal Year in Review, November 20. Both events are held at the Augusta Civic Center.