Berman & Simmons attorneys are leaders in legal education in Maine

Several attorneys at Berman & Simmons recently gave presentations and served as teachers in legal education programs offered to lawyers in Maine.

These presentations and teaching efforts reflect the strong commitment of Berman & Simmons to the advancement of the law in Maine through legal education, and the firm’s good relationships with other law firms and solo practitioners around the state.

  • Attorneys Jodi Nofsinger and Benjamin Gideon served as faculty members at the 2016 Maine College of Trial Advocacy, held March 31- April 2 at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Nofsinger was co-director of the program, which presented a unique opportunity for younger and less experienced lawyers to develop and improve their trial skills by taking part in an intensive and supervised clinical courtroom experience. The program was produced by the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

As faculty members, Nofsinger, Gideon and other leading trial lawyers in Maine provided instruction, feedback, and demonstrations. Participating lawyers represented plaintiffs in a mock civil trial, including openings, direct examinations, cross examinations, introduction of evidence, use of demonstrative exhibits and closing arguments. Participants earned 18.5 continuing legal education (CLE) credits.

  • Attorney Michael Bigos was a featured presenter at the Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. More than 100 lawyers attended the event on March 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.

Here is the description of Bigos’ presentation, titled “Producing Advocacy: Working Back from Verdict to Intake”

“This program will survey effective techniques for understanding juror decision-making, presenting closings, selecting witnesses and exhibits, discovery, investigation, and intake which will help you to achieve a better outcome in your most important cases.”

  • Attorney Alicia Curtis was a panelist for a seminar in Freeport on March 29 organized by the Maine State Bar Association. The seminar was geared toward all attorneys who practice in Maine’s Superior Court, and was based on the book, A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Maine.

Curtis presented on the chapter that she and fellow Berman & Simmons attorney Benjamin Gideon wrote for the book, “Civil Motion Practice – Dispositive Motions.” The chapter written by Curtis and Gideon provides practical information on such critical filings as motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.