Supreme Judicial Court To Honor Lawyers for Pro Bono Service to the Needy and the Elderly-- Updated 11/05/12 New event added

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hold three recognition ceremonies this week to honor Maine lawyers whose donation of 50 or more hours of free legal services puts them in the top tier of lawyers who provide pro bono legal services. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will honor lawyers from southern Maine at 3 p.m. today at the Cumberland County Court House for their pro bono legal service to Maine's low-income and elderly residents in need of legal services. The ceremony will take place in Courtroom 12, the Supreme Judicial Court courtroom on the 2nd floor.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 1 p.m., at a at a Penobscot County Bar Association luncheon at the Sea Dog Brewing Company, the Supreme Judicial Court will honor lawyers from northern, eastern and central Maine for their donation of legal services to Maine's poor and elderly at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. On Friday, November 9, 2012, at 12 noon, at the University of Maine, Machias, Clipper Lounge, Senior Associate Justice Donald G. Alexander will honor lawyers in Machias who have donated at least 50 hours of service.

On October 23, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court honored lawyers from York County whose individual pro bono donation exceeded 50 hours in the last year.

Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said, "Maine lawyers rank second in the nation in terms of donating free legal services. While the Supreme Judicial Court appreciates all Maine lawyers who give of their time and talents to their fellow citizens, the Katahdin Counsel lawyers are lawyers who donated at least 50 hours of legal services in the past year, and are deserving of special recognition. The ceremonies next week are an opportunity for the entire Supreme Judicial Court to personally thank and honor these lawyers for their extraordinary contributions to access to justice."

Last year, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court created the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program to acknowledge and recognize Maine lawyers who provide pro bono representation to Maine's low-income and elderly residents. Active members of the Bar who have completed 50 hours or more of such work for the twelve-month period ending June 30, 2012, were eligible to register as a Katahdin Counsel. The Supreme Judicial Court at several events will recognize all qualifying attorneys across the state, and all Katahdin Counsel lawyers will receive certificates and lapel pins. They will also have the right to make use of the Katahdin Counsel designation and mark on their letterhead and printed materials.

A one-page FAQ document prepared by the Katahdin Counsel Commission is also available at the Court's website – http://www.courts.state.me.us/citizen_help/attorneys/katahdin/faq.html

A list of the statewide 2012 Katahdin Counsel honorees can be found at: http://www.courts.state.me.us/citizen_help/attorneys/katahdin/press.html

The press is welcome to attend both events.