Bar Review Workshop Series

The Bar Review Workshop is offered every spring. It is an important part of our students' preparation for taking the bar exam. Students have found this Workshop useful as a way to take the first step in their studying. Students will be exposed to a variety of areas of law and test-taking approaches. Topics covered include the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, the Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Maine Appellate Rules. Although the workshop uses Maine Rules, some students have found the review of the rules to be helpful preparation for out-of-state bar exams as well.

SCHEDULE

Intro to ME & MA Bar Exams and MBE:
Monday, March 11, 2013 6:45- 9:00 pm
MBE Review:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
& Thursday, March 14, 2013
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Civil Procedure I:
Monday, March 18, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Civil Procedure II:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Evidence: Monday, March 25, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Criminal Procedure:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Ethics:
Monday, April 1, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Criminal/Appellate Procedure: Monday, April 3, 2013 6:45 - 9:00 pm
Bar Application Q&A:
TBD (Open to all students) 6:45 - 9:00 pm

Dinner will be provided for all sessions except the MBE Review. All sessions will be held in the Moot Courtroom except for the MBE Review, which will be held in the Middle Classroom.

Students must pay a $50 registration fee for the Bar Review Workshop. Students registered for the Bar Review Workshop will need the following:

  • A set of the last six bar exam questions and answers. (Students will receive a copy of them on a cd when they register with Jen Hebert in room 104).
  • A copy of the Maine Court Rules (preferably the most recent edition).
Please Note: The Executive Director of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners will be coming to the Law School for a noontime session to provide information about the bar application process. She will also be available to answer questions at that time.

Faculty

Jeffrey T. Pampiano (Civil Procedure) is a member of the Trial Services and Business Services Groupsat Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon. Mr. Piampiano represents secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and bankruptcy trustees, in commercial disputes before federal, state, and federal bankruptcy courts. He is also a co-author of a chapter discussing insolvency law in the U.S. in Directors in the Twilight Zone II (published in 2005 by the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals). Mr. Piampiano is listed in the New England Super Lawyers directory as a "Rising Star" and also in the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 2000, after earning his M.S. from the University of Maine, and his B.A. from Colgate University.

Clifford H. Ruprecht (Maine Ethics) is a partner at Pierce Atwood where he practices in the areas of Complex Litigation and General Commercial Litigation. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood in 1999, Mr. Ruprecht was a law clerk for the Honorable D. Brock Hornby, U.S. District Court, District of Maine. He received his B.A. from Williams College (1986), his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1995) and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1998). Mr. Ruprecht is active in the area of professional ethics. He is a member of Pierce Atwood's Ethics Committee, of the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and was a member of the task force that undertook the first wholesale revision of Maine's rules of professional conduct in three decades, and he speaks regularly to law firm, bar association and other audiences inside and outside Maine on issues of professional responsibility.

Julia Sheridan (Maine Criminal Procedure and Maine Appellate Procedure) has been practicing as an Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland County since 1994. Ms. Sheridan has experience in appellate work, trial work, motion hearing litigation and post-conviction review. She has taught Criminal Procedure at the University of Maine School of Law and law enforcement classes for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. She is the author of the chapter on "Charging Instruments" in A Practical Guide to Maine Superior Court Practice (published in 2013 by Massachusetts CLE, Inc.). Ms. Sheridan received her J.D. from Boston College in 1989, after earning her Masters in Anthropology and Primal Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University.

Brian Willing (Evidence) is a member of the Trial Services Group at Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon. Mr. Willing focuses his practice in the areas of school law and municipal law, real estate litigation, estate and probate litigation, and construction and commercial disputes. Mr. Willing is a contributing author of Maine School Law (Fourth Edition) and the author of the School Law Advisory article, "State Law Authorizes Blood Test" and "Student on Student Harassment: Are Schools Responsible for Enforcing a Court's Restraining Order?". He is admitted to practice before the Courts of Maine, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court. Mr. Willing earned his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000, and his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1992.

Kaplan/PMBR (MBE) will present a review session for the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE). The MBE is a required portion of the bar exam in almost every state. It is typically 40 – 50% of the overall bar exam score. This session will feature a general introduction to the Maine and Massachusetts Bar Exams and a review of 25 sample MBE questions and answers.