Jennifer Archer received approval of an application for asylum on behalf of an individual persecuted by the Rwandan government for publicly condemning the gacaca system. This approval permits her client to remain within the protective boundaries of United States indefinitely.
R. Terrance Duddy and Timothy Steigelman, attorneys at Kelly Remmel & Zimmerman, gave a presentation on state and federal law to the Maine Harbormasters Association. Their presentation covered a wide range of legal issues that a Harbormaster may face on the waterfront, from town ordinances, to personal civil and criminal liability, and abandoned property and marine salvage.
Harbormasters are municipal officials who manage their town waterfronts, with duties including harbor management, mooring and dockage management, and assisting in emergencies on the water. Harbormasters are required by state law to take an annual training course. The KRZ advanced law presentation was part of the Harbormasters’ annual training course, and will help the Harbormasters better manage their waterfronts.
The State of Maine Harbormasters Association is an organization of Harbormasters from throughout the state of Maine. KRZ is a law firm in Portland, Maine that pursues a wide civil practice, including admiralty and maritime law.
On February 23, 2011, Tim Steigelman, an associate attorney at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, was a guest speaker at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. Invited into a maritime law seminar, Tim spoke on high seas piracy and its effect on maritime law and admiralty. He drew from his academic and professional background to inject a practical view on maritime law into the academic discussion of piracy and national, international, and maritime business and industry responses.
Jennifer Archer successfully obtains asylum for woman from Angola. The Newark Asylum Office granted asylum to Jennifer Archer’s client, a woman from Angola that was brutally persecuted by Angolan soldiers who incorrectly believed her to be a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This grant of asylum will allow Ms. Archer’s client to remain legally the United States, protected from her persecutor, the Angolan government.
John McArdle, III will become President of The Maine Trial Lawyers Association on March 11, 2011. KRZ is proud that John will assume the presidency of the MTLA and that he is the third KRZ attorney to have that honor and recognition by his peers. As longstanding MTLA Board member John looks forward to further promote access to justice and the continuing education of attorneys in Maine among other priorities during his MTLA presidency.
Jennifer Archer was awarded the 2011 Maine Bar Fellows New Lawyer Award, the first attorney in Maine ever to receive this award. The award is reserved for a lawyer licensed to practice in any jurisdiction for less than 10 years who has demonstrated an “uncompromising dedication to integrity and high personal and professional ethical standards,” exemplified the “ideals of increasing access to justice,” “[m]ade outstanding and recognized contributions to the legal profession and to the public good through Pro Bono service,” and demonstrated “a strong commitment to the objectives and purposes of the Maine Bar Foundation.” Jennifer donates hundreds of pro bono hours each year to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), representing asylum seekers through both the affirmative and defensive asylum process. She also gives back to the community as a Board Member of the ILAP Board of Directors and the Maine Board of Bar Examiners.
Attorneys Jennifer Archer and Timothy Norton successfully prosecuted an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court resulting in a decision vacating a judgment entered by the Superior Court on the tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. In the case of Lyman v. Huber, the Maine Supreme Court accepted the arguments of Attorneys Archer and Norton related to the elements of proof of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress claims and substantially narrowed the circumstances under which such a claim may be maintained in Maine.
Lauri Boxer-Macomber obtains immediate dismissal of Protection from Harassment action on behalf of her client. Within one week of the filing of a case involving a Protection from Harassment action against a KRZ client, Lauri was able to get the temporary order against the client dissolved and the entire case dismissed with prejudice.
Jennifer Archer was once again recognized for the legal services she provides to Maine’s immigrant community, much of which is done on a pro bono basis. On Sunday, December 5, 2010 Ms. Archer was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the North Deering Alliance Church. In a special portion of their Sunday service, Senior Pastor Richard Frances and Associate Pastor Jean-Pierre Tshamala acknowledged her “outstanding service to the community of ‘New Americans’ seeking to find new homes in the United States of America.” Ms. Archer represents several members of this progressive church from countries such as Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo who are seeking immigration status.
Terry Duddy was invited as a guest speaker and on November 9th spoke at Inn of Courts on the subject of medicare setasides.