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.
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. Upcoming events include:
2016 MSBA Summer Bar Conference: June 22-24, Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, Bar Harbor
Legal Technology Academy: Sept. 28, Augusta Civic Center
MSBA 125th Anniversary Celebration: Oct. 21, The Portland Company, Portland
Legal Year in Review: Nov. 17, Augusta Civic Center
Bridging the Gap: Dec. 1-2, Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport