1. Medical Marijuana and Maine Workers’ Compensation Law

    A pair of recent Maine Workers’ Compensation Board decisions pose an interesting legal question and apparently provide Maine with an opportunity to set a judicial precedent for the rest of the country. Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Co., LLC and Noll v. Lepage Bakeries are decisions on appeal from …Read More

  2. Attorney-Client Privilege

    Your humble author does his share of criminal-defense work, mostly court-appointed. Someone who is accused of committing a crime has a variety of constitutional (due process) protections, such as the famous right to remain silent (repeated on thousands of TV show episodes) and the right to a jury tr…Read More

  3. Legal Advice on the Internet

    The Internet, as everyone should know by now, contains all manner of information, ranging from useful and correct to dangerously incorrect. I have encountered a few individuals (not attorneys) who rely on information they find online to form legal theories, civil or criminal, in the hope that they c…Read More

  4. A Few More Basic Tips for Injured Workers

    As I said before, I get a fair number of calls from people who have been hurt on the job and want some legal advice, sometimes leading to an attorney-client relationship. Certain questions come up frequently, and I think it would be apropos to offer more essential Maine workers’ compensation infor…Read More

  5. A Few Words about Cell Phone Use While Driving

    The managing attorney at McCue Law Office recently asked me to look into what several of us thought was a new state law regarding the use of mobile devices while driving. As it turns out, the “new law” was just a bill that was defeated in the legislature during the spring, conflated in our minds…Read More

  6. What a Recent Supreme Court Case Means for You

    In my last piece, I provided some basic warnings about traffic stops and other encounters with law enforcement. Now we have an update, hot off the bench of the nation’s highest court. In late April of 2015, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Rodriguez v. United States that will aff…Read More

  7. Use Caution When Speaking with Law Enforcement

    Law enforcement officers, whether city, county, state, or federal, perform vital functions for public safety. They find missing children, get drunken drivers off the road, investigate motor vehicle crashes, and so on. Nonetheless, sometimes it is not in a person’s best interest to voluntarily prov…Read More

  8. A Few Basic Tips for Injured Workers

    I get a fair number of calls from people who have been hurt on the job and want some legal advice, sometimes leading to an attorney-client relationship. Certain questions come up frequently, and I think it would be apropos to offer some essential workers’ compensation information in this space. …Read More

  9. Comments on Court Orders

    Returning to my theme of seemingly obvious legal advice that bears mentioning, I want to emphasize the need to comply with court orders. When a court orders you to do something or not to do something, about 99.9% of the time you must comply. Again, this seems very obvious, perhaps insultingly obviou…Read More

  10. Always Show Up!

    Lawyers are educated and trained on complicated matters of legal substance and process, yet we sometimes (or often) find ourselves in the position of counseling clients about things that seem like matters of common sense. So, let’s imagine another courtroom scene, aided by another script-like desc…Read More