Jennifer Archer was elected Chair of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners

Jennifer Archer was elected Chair of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners on September 24, 2014. The Maine Board of Bar Examiners was created by the Supreme Judicial Court pursuant to 4 M.R.S. § 801 for the purposes of “designing, administering and passing judgment on examinations taken by those individuals seeking admission to the bar,” and its procedural, administrative and budgetary actions are deemed to be actions of the Supreme Judicial Court. The Board’s nine members are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Attorney Mike Duddy Helps Physician Client Retain Speciality Board Certification

Specialty board certification is a core requirement for many physicians these days. Loss of specialty board certification can lead to loss of medical staff membership and loss of employment. Specialty board certification is jeopardized when a physician goes through disciplinary proceeding with a state board of licensure. Attorney Mike Duddy recently helped a physician retain specialty board certification despite going through a disciplinary proceeding.

Jennifer Archer Wins Asylum Trial

Jennifer’s client, a citizen of Rwanda, cannot return to that country because of the persecution she would likely suffer. Following a trial in Boston Immigration Court, Jennifer’s client was granted asylum and the government waived appeal.

Physician Employment Contracts Highlighted at First Friday Education Session

Mike Duddy spoke at the First Friday educational program in April featuring the topic of physician employment contracts. Other presenters included Donald Quigley, Esq., General Counsel to MaineHealth, Steve Gauthier, Vice President, Contracting and Business Development, Central Maine Healthcare Corp., John Branscombe, Director of Physician Practices at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and MMA attorneys Jessa Barnard, Andrew MacLean and Gordon Smith.

Among the many issues discussed during the interactive three hour session were:

• The current trends in Maine regarding contracting and employment “at will”.
• Restrictive covenants
• Payment for tail coverage
• Physician compensation models
• Indemnification provisions
• Mandatory arbitration clauses

KRZ Attorneys Teach Maine’s Harbormasters

On March 19, 2014 Terry Duddy and Tim Steigelman taught advanced law to the Maine Harbormasters Association at the harbormasters’ annual training conference. Their discussion covered maritime law, moorings and navigation, state law and municipal law, and other legal issues encountered as harbormasters oversee and maintain Maine’s harbors. Duddy and Steigelman are attorneys at Kelly Remmel Zimmerman who practice maritime law.

New England Super Lawyers 2013 Includes Five Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman Attorneys

The 2013 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars® has recognized five attorneys at Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Those attorneys are Charles Remmel, II, R. Terrance Duddy, Timothy Norton, Jennifer Archer and Lauri Boxer-Macomber. Only the top 5% of attorneys in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are included in the Super Lawyers guide, and only the top 2.5% in each state are selected as Rising Stars, which identifies the best attorneys 40 years and under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or fewer.

Charles (“Chuck”) Remmel, II was included in the Super Lawyer Guide for his work in business litigation and expertise in maritime law. His practice is very broad and combines multiple disciplines to the advantage of his clients’ needs. Among Chuck’s clients are banks and banking associations, large and small businesses, medical and accounting groups, land development entities, and insuring entities. Chuck currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law and a member of the Maine Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and the Maritime Law Association.

R. Terrance (“Terry”) Duddy received recognition as a Super Lawyer for his work as a trial attorney in the fields of maritime and personal injury litigation. Terry is a former President of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and remains on the Board of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. He has extensive experience in litigating and trying cases dealing with products liability, professional negligence, maritime injuries, and wrongful death cases. In recognition of his experience in these areas, Terry has been a seminar speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the Maine Bar Association and the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

Timothy Norton was named a Super Lawyer for his work in the area of corporate and commercial matters as well as real estate law, land use law and bankruptcy. Tim represents individual and business clients in complex commercial litigation, including contract matters, shareholder disputes and financial, real estate, and construction related cases. Tim also frequently represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors in construction related disputes and has successfully litigated complex commercial construction cases throughout New England in both state and federal courts as well as before the American Arbitration Association.

Jennifer Archer was selected as a Rising Star® for her work in the fields of immigration and litigation. Jennifer is President of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Board of Directors, on the Governing Board of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and has served on the Maine Board of Bar Examiners since her appointment by Governor Baldacci in 2007. She teaches immigration law at the University of Maine and has been repeatedly honored for both her professional excellence and her commitment to pro bono legal work. Jennifer is presently pro bono co-counsel with the ACLU of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Partners in Bruns v. Mayhew, a class action law suit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, claiming that the agency committed equal protection violations in denying health care benefits to immigrants.

Lauri Boxer-Macomber was selected as a Rising Star® for her work in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Lauri’s broad and multi-faceted civil practice informs her mediation and litigation work and allows her to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes when serving both in the capacity as a neutral and as a client advocate. Lauri mediates civil and family cases at the firm’s Center for Conflict Resolution and also serves as a neutral for the Maine Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Lauri is the co-chair of the Maine State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and is regularly invited to speaks on ADR-related topics. She has also authored a law review article on the impact of mandatory mediation programs on victims of domestic violence, as well as published an academic study on the interplay between open meeting laws and public consensus building processes.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys for its listings using a multiphase selection process involving peer nominations, evaluations and third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Three Attorneys from Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman Selected for Katahdin Counsel

Attorneys Jennifer Archer, Timothy Steigelman and Lauri Boxer-Macomber have been honored for their continued pro bono legal services in the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program. On October 31, 2013, Archer, Steigelman and Boxer-Macomber were recognized as Katahdin Counsel for devoting more than 50 hours of pro bono work in the past year. All three attorneys were honorees in the inaugural year of the program as well. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court launched the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program in 2012 to recognize attorneys in Maine for providing pro bono legal services and assuring meaningful access to justice in a State that has so many people with moderate and low incomes.