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Legislative Advocacy & Updates


Legislation significant to the administration of justice or the fundamental rights of the public is of interest to all lawyers. As a champion for Maine's system of justice, the Maine State Bar Association advocates on behalf of its members and the public for laws that are fair and sound. MSBA members are encouraged to take a personal interest in legislative matters. During Maine legislative sessions, the MSBA provides its members with periodic updates on pending bills affecting the legal profession, as well as bills addressing broad issues of public policy. Through its various sections, the MSBA also serves as an information resource to Maine's citizen legislature.

Members receive weekly legislative updates provided by the Association's lobbyist. These updates are emailed directly to members. 

Visit the web page for the Maine Legislature's Committee on Judiciary. This page includes committee members and staff; a calendar of public hearings, work sessions, and other events; as well as other committee-related materials.

Member Testimonial

Just a note from a fellow MSBA member to thank you for the work you do in keeping me abreast of what's going on in the Maine Legislature. I really appreciate your efforts and read the Legislative Update regularly. 
Melanie Frazek, Esq.

MSBA Legislative Testimony and Comments Submitted to the Supreme Judicial Court on Behalf of the Association


Response to LD 657: An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts: March 3, 2020

Response to LD 1859, An Act To Increase Access to Justice and Maine's Rural Lawyer Workforce by Expanding Student Attorney Practice Opportunities: February 4, 2020

Letters Supporting Nominations of Justices Roland Cole, Nancy Mills, and Andrew Horton: January 28, 2020


Proposed amendments to the Maine Bar Rules regarding the Maine Justice Foundation's use of IOLTA funds: June 10, 2019

Response to LD 1424, An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit: May 30, 2019

Response to LD 1684, An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles: May 20, 2019

Response to LD 1212, An Act to Adopt the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act: March 27, 2019

Response to LD 781, An Act To Increase Judicial Compensation: March 27, 2019

Comments on Draft of Maine Digital Court Records Access Rules: March 27, 2019

Response to LD 1001, Funding for Indigent Legal Services: March 19, 2019

Response to LD 657, An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts: March 5, 2019

Response to LD 214, An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services: February 28, 2019

Comments on Proposed Amendments to Maine Bar Rule 5: February 22, 2019


Response to LD 1680, An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit: March 20, 2018

Response to LD 1817, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group Concerning the Membership of MCILS: February 13, 2018

Testimony re LD 1680, An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit: January 22, 2018 

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