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  Registration Open
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  Board of Governors Meeting
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  Section Business Meetings
Litigation, New Lawyers & Women's Law
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  Reception Honoring Life Members: Featuring Rock Harbor Brewing Company
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  Morning Yoga Flow with Heather Murray
6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
  Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  Buffet Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  Past Presidents’ Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
  #01 The State of Lawyer Well-Being: Bringing it Home to Maine
To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Many believe our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being. Too many lawyers and law students experience chronic stress and high rates of depression and substance abuse. These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal profession, and they raise troubling implications for many lawyers’ basic competence. Facilitated by Chris Newbold, Co-Chair of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and Executive Vice President of ALPS, this session was designed to spark an interactive discussion about state of well-being amongst Maine attorneys. We’ll delve into the current state of satisfaction with professional life as an attorney, how you’d characterize your own well-being, how life as a lawyer contrasts with expectations, the state of well-being of peers and, if you had to do it all over again, would you opt to become a lawyer? Interactive, educational and reflective, this session will challenge you to re-envision what it means to live life as a lawyer, and what kind of profession we should aspire to create moving forward.
Speaker: Chris Newbold, Esq., ALPS, MT
  Transition Break
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
  #02 Digital Court Records
For the public and the bar, inspecting most Maine court records at the clerk's office was much the same in 2018 as it was in 1818. Then came the digital age. In what Chief Justice Saufley has referred to as among the “most complex” projects of her tenure in government, the state court is transitioning to digital records and eFiling. What digital records will be available to attorneys on the internet? What will be available to the public? The panel will provide an update on the status of the comprehensive digital court records rules and offer their diverse perspectives on court transparency and personal privacy.
Speakers:  Sigmund D. Schutz, Esq., PretiFlaherty, Portland
Speakers:  Laura M. O’Hanlon, Esq., Bath Iron Works, Bath
Speakers:  Robert E. Mittel, Esq., Mittel Asen LLC, Portland
Speakers:  Peter J. Guffin, Esq., Pierce Atwood LLP, Portland
Judith Meyer, Sun Journal, Lewiston
  #03 Cannabis Law & Policy
For thousands of years leading up to the early part of the 20th century, legal cannabis markets all over the globe were bustling and cannabis products were distributed widely. In the 20th century, law and policy changed and altered the landscape dramatically. We will begin with a critical review of the history of cannabis law and policy internationally, in the U.S., and in Maine. We will then analyze current Maine cannabis law, as structured into the separate legal regimes of medical marijuana, adult-use marijuana, and hemp. Finally, we will discuss hot issues such as banking, taxation, ethics, and federalism.
Speaker: Christopher McCabe, Esq., McCabe Law LLC, Brunswick
  Transition Break
11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  #04 Law, Equity & Tumult: The Interplay Between Divorce Law and the Bankruptcy Code
This seminar will present a panel discussion with a bankruptcy judge, a district court judge and a practitioner to address and explore the complications and potential contradictions that arise when navigating the complexities arising from the interplay between these two areas of law.
Speakers:  James C. Munch III, Esq., Vafiades Brountas & Kominsky, Bangor
Speakers:  The Hon. Michael A. Fagone, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of
                      Maine, Bangor

  #05 Counseling the Counselors: Retaining Associates
We all know what the data says: lawyers are more stressed now than ever. With associates and partners leaving firms to achieve a better work/life balance, and others declining due to mental health, substance abuse or difficult life transitions, how do we improve our profession’s response to these burgeoning concerns? Can we develop successful strategies before the Attorney’s Oath is even sworn?
Speakers:  Aria Eee, Bar Counsel, Board of Oversees of the Bar, Augusta
Speakers:  William C. Nugent, Esq., Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers &         
                      Judges, Portland
Speakers:  Deirdre M. Smith, University of Maine School of Law, Portland          
Speakers:  Stanley R. Tupper III, Esq., Frederick Quinlan & Tupper LLC, Portland
  Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting
12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

  #06 How to Get More Quality Word-of-Mouth Referrals in Your Practice
Most firms want more of those golden nuggets, the qualified word of mouth referral, but they struggle to get them in a systematic way! Just imagine how much more business you would have if you had more quality referrals. In this session Matt Ward will provide you with a clear understanding that you don’t actually need to do marketing, you just need to care about your clients and your contacts.
Speaker: Matt Ward, Breakthrough Champion, MA
  Free Time
2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
  Luau & Lobster Buffet: Featuring The Fox & The Hound Band  (SOLD OUT)
Leadership Academy Graduation & Retirement Celebration for Bar Counsel Scott Davis
5:30 - Poolside Reception & Retirement Celebration
6:00 - Luau & Lobster Buffet: Stone House

  Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  Section Business Meetings
Environmental Law & Veteran's Law
7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
  #07 Plenary: Five Keys to a Profitable & Satisfying Law Practice
Life as a small firm lawyer is harder than ever. You need to get new clients, keep the ones you have, climb a mountain of paperwork, control costs, manage people, and find time to do actual legal work. Learn five ways to take back control.
Speaker: Douglas S. Brown, Esq., Doug Brown Leadership, CT
  Transition Break
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
  #08 No Day at the Beach: Coastal Property Rights in Maine
With two pending Law Court appeals and several bills introduced at the Legislature, coastal property rights in Maine are in a state of flux. In Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, the Law Court will rule on the scope of the public’s rights to commercial harvesting on privately owned intertidal property. In Almeder v. Town of Kennebunkport, the Law Court will decide whether a municipality can take fee ownership of intertidal and upland coastal property from current private landowners based on a single ambiguous instrument from the 1600s. Meanwhile, the Legislature will be taking up bills that aim to change centuries of common law by purporting to “make it explicit” that the state holds title to all intertidal land in Maine. This presentation will discuss these and other legal developments affecting the use and ownership of Maine’s coastline.
Speaker: Gordon R. Smith, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP, Portland
  #09 Ten Tips That Will Save You One Hour of Time Each Day
This is just a smattering of the practical tips I’ve gotten from lawyers. I think anybody attending this program would walk away with one or two gems—all stolen from their fellow lawyers!
Speaker: Daniel R. Warren, Esq., Jones & Warren PA, Scarborough
  Transition Break
11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  #10 The New Maine Probate Code: Essentials for Non-Probate Practitioners
The new Maine Probate Code takes effect on July 1, 2019. This session will focus on the essential changes that non-probate attorneys, general practitioners and litigators need to know. The presenters will address changes to Maine intestacy law, the spousal elective share, transfers upon death, and other key provisions of the new Maine Probate Code.
SpeakersKenleigh A. Nicoletta, Esq., Brann & Isaacson LLP, Lewiston
Speakers:  Jennifer L. Kruszewski, Esq., Epstein & O’Donovan LLP, Portland
  #11 I Didn’t Know that Could be a Workers’ Compensation Claim!
Many practitioners who are not familiar with workers’ compensation are amazed at what can potentially give rise to a workers’ compensation claim. This session will examine some of the common trends from actual cases in Maine to illustrate the “arising out of” standard so practitioners know better how to advise and protect clients and their own businesses. Some of the types of issues to be discussed will include injuries that occur from: bending, stress, smoking, traveling, using the stairs, sexual harassment, and violence.
Speaker: Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq., Rudman Winchell, Bangor
  Program Adjourns
12:45 p.m.

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