Did Overseers Issue Warning to Lawyers Who Call Attention to Child Abuse?

June 17, 2016 Beth Maloney, Esq. Dear Beth, We all understand that after the brutal morning you had to endure today, there was no room for small talk or rehashing or socializing. We did want you to know that you … Continue reading

Did the Overseers of the Bar Protect the Public or Kill the Messenger?

“Kill the Messenger” is the message we heard in the complaint before the panel at the Overseers of the Maine Bar in Augusta on June 17th at 9 am. As non-lawyers, we have been appalled by the Maine Supreme Court’s … Continue reading

The Court of Public Opinion and Connecticut’s Broken “Family” Court System

Social media exploded this week with public outrage over the Brock Turner rape case and the horrific ruling made by Judge Aaron Pesky, who has been harshly criticized for his far too lenient sentencing. Over 1,000,000 people nationwide have signed … Continue reading

Has Lawyers in Libraries Worked to Bring Access to Justice to Consumers?

May 11 MeGAL wrote to Justice Andrew Mead regarding the tools being used to improve access to justice within the judicial branch and the courts they are charged with managing.  The follow up email had one driving question – while … Continue reading

Does Lawyers in Libraries work at bringing Access to Justice to those in Need?

Maine has a lawyer-sponsored program that has been pulled together by various groups called “Lawyers in Libraries“. The idea seem to be that as a consumer you could make an appointment to sit down with a lawyer and receive legal … Continue reading

We Asked – Will Parents (Pro se) Be Given the Same Educational Experiences as Lawyers

We have sent several letters to the Judicial Branch regarding the course which was being offered by the York County and Maine Bar to its members. We asked whether or not the Judicial Branch had any plans to give the … Continue reading

MeGAL’s response to the Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

The final salvo in the exchange between MeGAL and the Judicial Branch. After this we have not heard back from the Judicial Branch. From: J M Coll Sent: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM To: “Mary.Ann Lynch” Cc: Justice Andrew Mead … Continue reading

Reply from Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

On March 20, 2016 we queried the Judicial Branch on whether or not they were aware of a recent letter published by the Department of Justice.The Judicial Branch responded a day later that they know but – the issues brought … Continue reading

To Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

In Family Courts parents are often faced with paying crushing fees for court vendors (Guardians ad litem) and lawyers or face jail time. The Department of Justice has indicated that this practice must stop in all courts as it infringes … Continue reading