In June of 2016, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court created the Advisory Commission on the Uniform Bar Examination and named Jennifer Archer as the Chair of the Commission. After six months of study and consideration, the Advisory Commission recommended that the Court adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) effective July 2017. The Commission concluded that the “UBE may provide a more reliable and valid assessment of an individual’s competence to practice law” and that “its adoption would benefit the entire State of Maine by recognizing and capitalizing on the realities of a mobile society.”
The Commission’s full report may be viewed at: UBE Advisory Commission Report
Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman is pleased to announce that attorneys Emily Atkins and Stephen Koerting, both 2016 magna cum laude graduates from the University of Maine, School of Law, have joined the firm.
Emily Atkins focuses her practice on commercial, real estate, and business matters. During law school she was an articles editor on the Maine Law Review, a student member of the Edward Thaxter Gignoux Inn of Court and held a fellowship with the Portland District Court. She also participated in externships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Appellate Division and the City of Portland’s legal department. Additionally, she was a student attorney with the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. Emily is a native of Maine. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Boston College and has also served abroad in the Peace Corps.
Stephen Koerting primarily works in the fields of general civil litigation, personal injury and family law. While in law school, Stephen clerked with Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, was a member of the Trial Competition Team, served as Assistant Coach for the First Year Students’ Legal Writing & Moot Court Program and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal. He also worked as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic where he represented dozens of clients in an array of legal actions, including civil actions, family matters, domestic violence hearings, juvenile proceedings, and criminal charges.
Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman is proud that it has attracted some of the University of Maine’s strongest law school graduates and is honored that Emily and Stephen have chosen to begin their legal careers with the firm.
On June 1, 2016, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court created the Advisory Commission on the Uniform Bar Examination, naming Jennifer Archer as the Chair. After studying the merits of adopting the Uniform Bar Examination, the Commission will issue a report to the Chief Justice containing its findings and recommendations no later than November 18, 2016.
The Advisory Commission’s Charter may be accessed on the Maine Judicial Branch website at:
UBE Commission Charter
Lauri Boxer-Macomber recently ensured just compensation and full insurance policy limits for a client who was commuting home on his bicycle and hit by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way to him at a stop sign. Because Boxer-Macomber was retained soon after the crash, she was able to gather statements and evidence that promptly got her client the right result on his personal injury and property damage claims. In addition, the driver was cited for failing to yield to the bicyclist and pled guilty to that violation.
The annual Maine Harbormaster Association meeting for 2016 was held at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman attorney R. Terrance Duddy presented on maritime law topics to the advanced class, full of experienced harbormasters from all across the state. Some of the topics discussed include the Harbormaster statute, liability issues, and federal maritime law. The annual training is required by state statue for Maine’s harbormasters, and Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman is proud to send its admiralty attorneys to help train these critical town officers who help keep Maine’s waterfronts safe and functional.
On February 4, 2016 Chief Justice Leigh Saufley appointed Attorney Lauri Boxer-Macomber to serve on the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. The Committee oversees the Court’s mediation and other alternative dispute resolution programs. Lauri is excited about serving the public and the judicial branch in this new capacity.
Attorney Boxer-Macomber went the extra mile this month and appeared for one of her injured bike law clients in traffic court. Although the driver at fault initially contested the unsafe pass of Boxer-Macomber’s client and obtained defense counsel to fight the ticket, the driver ultimately agreed to judgment against her and paid the ticket. Boxer-Macomber reminds everyone that bicyclists should be given at least three feet, and sometimes more, when passed by a motor vehicle.
Lauri Boxer-Macomber recently joined the Bike Law Network, a group of attorneys throughout the United States and Canada who regularly advocate for the rights of bicyclists in the courthouse, at the legislature and on the roadway. Lauri is honored to be able to work with this group of talented attorneys who share her commitment to ensuring that bicyclists are given access to justice and are treated fairly in the legal system. She is also pleased to be able to offer her own insights and experiences working on bicycle cases over the years with other attorneys in the Bike Law Network. Lauri works with racers, triathletes, children bicyclists, commuters, recreational riders and others on their bicycle cases. She not only understands bicycling law because she is an attorney, but because she is a cyclist. Lauri has handled a wide range of bicycle cases, including those involving right hooks, unsafe left crosses, dangerous travelling distances, three-foot law violations, uncontrolled dogs and more. She is also on the Board of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Chair of the Coalition’s Policy and Legislation Committee. For more about the Bike Law Network and Lauri’s bicycle practice, visit: Bike Law Network
The Bangor Daily News recently featured a story about the nearly 1.8 Million Dollar Judgment obtained by Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman attorneys Graydon Stevens and Lauri Boxer-Macomber on behalf of their clients in a case involving the interplay between employment and personal injury law. The case was litigated for several years and survived an earlier motion for summary judgment brought by Ahlholm, Inc.
Terrance Duddy has been included in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in Americafor his work in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. Terrance has been included for at least 10 years and has been selected as one of the best in his specialty.