The perceived complexity of the judicial system often causes confusion and misinterpretation of the roles of lawyers as officers of the court. Many members of the Maine State Bar Association accordingly volunteer to share their education and experience with groups of students and other residents of Maine to help them better understand subjects ranging from personal rights to the separation of powers to the function of lawyers in American society. Requests for speakers are welcome from businesses, civic groups, community groups and schools. Volunteer speakers stimulate lively discussions in presenting programs that encourage questions and answers.
Specific topics that have been popular with organizations requesting free MSBA speakers include: Adoption, ADR/Mediation, Business Law Issues, Choosing a Lawyer, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, Consumer Rights, Divorce and Separation, Drug Testing and Employment, Environmental Law, the Federal Court System, First Amendment Freedom Guarantees, Hate Crimes, IRS and Tax Laws, Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities, Law as a Career, Legal Rights of Minors, Liquor Liability and the Dram Shop Law, Living Wills, Locker Searches, the Maine Court System, OUI Laws, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Transfers, Search and Seizure Issues, Small Claims, Surviving Spouse Matters, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Wills and Probate.
In addition to providing speakers to schools and organizations, the MSBA's Speakers Bureau also sends volunteer lawyers to workplaces around the state in a "Lunch 'n' Learn" program to educate the public about legal issues relevant to their immediate lives. The program takes place at employees' workplaces during the lunch hour to make the program accessible and to accommodate the busy lives of today's working adults. Attendees are also given relevant legal information pamphlets and information about the Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Contact email@example.com.