University of Maine School of Law Seeks Dean

The University of Maine School of Law invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2015. The Law School seeks a Dean with a successful track record of administrative and fiscal leadership experience and one who possesses the vision, energy, and determination to lead the school. The successful candidate will be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader who can bring diverse stakeholders together to enhance and build on the Law School’s existing strengths. 

The University of Maine School of Law, located in Portland, has a student body of approximately 275, an intentionally small size allowing for extensive faculty-student contact and fostering a strong sense of community. The Law School provides our students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum that blends traditional theory with diverse opportunities for experiential learning. Students work closely with a talented, collegial faculty that is engaged locally and nationally in both public service and high-level scholarship. The Law School enjoys a close connection to and excellent reputation within the Maine bench, bar and community-at-large, and the right candidate will recognize, appreciate and nurture these valued relationships.

To review the full position description and information about the application process, please visit:  http://mainelaw.maine.edu/dean-search/

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Goose Rocks case

In a decision issued Feb. 4, the supreme court states that it has vacated “the judgment awarding the town and backlot owners a prescriptive easement over Goose Rocks Beach, and deciding that the public has a right to engage in ocean-based activities in the intertidal zone pursuant to the public trust doctrine.” – Bangor Daily (2/5/14)

 

More here:

Press Herald 2/5/14

Press Herald 2/9/14

Bangor Daily News 2/9/14

 

In Maine Large Stores Must Be Closed on Easter

If you are wondering why all large store will be closed on Easter Sunday, it is because of a Maine ‘blue law.’ Easter, along with Thanksgiving and Christmas are the three days the State requires stores over 5,000 sq. ft. to be closed.

Title 17, §3204(2)(HH):

In no event, however, may any store having more than 5,000 square feet of interior customer selling space be open on Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Firm Suing over Price of Document Access

Currently it costs $2 – $4 per page to download pages from the Register of Deeds of the Counties that post them. This company is challenging those rates.

An official with MacImage of Maine LLC said Wednesday that his firm filed a court complaint late Tuesday afternoon accusing 13 counties in the state of violating the state’s Freedom of Access Law. The complaint, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, names Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington and York counties as defendants. MacImage is not suing Piscataquis County because that county has agreed to provide the firm with electronic copies of all of the documents filed in its Registry of Deeds. According to Linda Smith, registrar of deeds in Piscataquis County, the county avoided being sued by agreeing to have its online database contractor, Affiliated Computer Services, charge MacImage a bulk rate of 2½ cents for each page.

via Bangor Daily News.

New President at Pine Tree Legal

Robert Lingley, 66, of Bangor has served on Pine Tree’s board since 2006 and as vice president for the past two years, according to a press release issued last month.

Pine Tree is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income Mainers. Founded in 1967, it is Maine’s oldest and largest legal aid provider. It has six offices around the state.

via Bangor Daily News.

Hannaford Get Big Break

The federal court has rejected most of the claims against Hannaford supermarket relating to massive data breach.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed nearly all of the civil claims filed against Hannaford Bros. for the supermarket giant’s alleged failure to protect and notify consumers during an electronic data breach in late 2007 and early 2008.

Judge D. Brock Hornby ruled that the only consumers who will be allowed to proceed with the lawsuit are those who were not reimbursed by their banks for the fraudulent charges on their accounts.

Consumers who were simply inconvenienced or claimed to have suffered distress because of the data breach have no legitimate claims in this case, Hornby said in a 39-page ruling filed Tuesday afternoon at U.S. District Court. Essentially, the ruling on Hannaford’s motion to dismiss makes it unlikely that any class-action lawsuit will move forward.

– via Portland Press Herald.