The lawyers from Berman & Simmons once again played key roles in the Annual Meeting and Spring Seminar of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association. More than 100 lawyers attended the daylong event on March 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.
Jodi Nofsinger organized the event, along with Celine Boyle of Shaheen & Gordon.
Michael Bigos was selected as president-elect for the MTLA. He will serve a one-year term beginning in March 2018. Bigos will become the fourth attorney from Berman & Simmons to serve as MTLA president, following in the footsteps of Steven Silin, Daniel Kagan, and Nofsinger.
Craig Bramley, managing director of Berman & Simmons, was one of the featured presenters. His presentation was titled “Effective Management and Mentoring.” On the management side, Bramley spoke to the lawyers in the audience about the importance of goal setting, and about how to navigate common problems that arise in the management of a practice. For example, Bramley mentioned the problem of when cases look solid during the intake process, but later present challenges. For mentoring, Bramley said mentors need to be serious about the responsibility, and to engage in the process with discipline.
Other speakers included the Hon. Leigh Saufley, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court; four other members of Maine’s judiciary; Aria Eee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar; Danielle Conway, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law; and keynote speaker John McQuiston, Esq., author of “Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living.”