November 15, 2021

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V I E W P O I N T S W W W. M A I N E B I Z . B I Z 3 N OV E M B E R 1 5 , 2 0 2 1 Be creative. BE SHUR. When you need a lawyer who understands media and marketing. From the Editor A s every industry has had to shift in the past two years, lawyers, law firms and the legal profession have had to adjust to the pandemic. Doing trials by and other courtroom proceedings by Zoom has been just one of the adjustments, as Renee Cordes reports. Remote court appearances have become the norm, though not everyone feels equally represented, with language and cultural barriers often literally getting lost in translation, as Renee writes in "Trial by Zoom," which starts on Page 12. Renee also checks in with Maine Law Dean Leigh Saufley, who was hired in 2020 and is now shepherding the law school's move from the University of Southern Maine campus to downtown Portland. See "Future- proofing Maine Law" on Page 10. Maine's largest concentration of lawyers is in Cumberland County, not surprisingly, but the next largest category of registered attorneys is out-of-state practitioners. e need for rural lawyers has only gotten worse, particularly in Piscataquis County, which has just seven attorneys, down from 10 in 2014. Laurie Schreiber looks at northern Maine recruiting efforts to see what's working. See "Country lawyer," which starts on Page 16. e past two years have changed law firms, but also presented opportunities, as reported by Jessica Hall, who checked in with Maine's five largest law firms. Firms have been adjusting their hybrid work- forces, in some cases hiring experts to work remotely, while building out practice areas to meet emerg- ing needs, including tribal nations representation and broadband policy. See "Around the legal field," which starts on Page 20. On the list of Maine's largest law firms, you'll see some changes, with Drummond Woodsum moving up from No. 5 to No. 2. See Page 26. Peter Van Allen CORRECTIONS: The print edition of Nov. 1 had an incorrect date on the folio. / The Ask ACE column of Nov. 1 misidentified the American Rescue Plan Act. / In the print edition of Nov. 1, the story "Broken chain" incorrectly identified Allagash Brewing's senior supply chain and warehouse operations manager. He should have been identified as Pete DeNoia. Featured @ For a daily digest of Maine's top business news, sign up for the Mainebiz Daily Report at Get Maine's business news daily at and on Twitter (@Mainebiz). Below is our most popular content for the period from Oct. 25 to Nov. 8. 1. An Old Port building, with a long-term tenant and parking, sells for $6.1M 2. Business park nears deal for return of a corporate headquarters to Portland 3. $18M, 50-unit condo development proposed for Cumberland Foreside 4. Rock Row unveils plans for $75M convention center that would be Maine's largest business venue 5. By a clear-cut vote, Mainers say 'no' to CMP's power transmission corridor 6. BIW faces potential loss of workers as vaccine deadline looms 7. Maine cities rank high in national livability study, and they do it on their own 8. A Portland development will be the first under new affordability rules 9. Maine Beer adds juice to nonprofit's $1.3M effort to buy 3 Casco Bay islands 10. Windham Mall turnover brings new life to shopping center P H O T O / C O U R T E S Y O F C O M PA S S C O M M E R C I A L B RO K E R S 1 Pandemic has reshaped Maine's legal industry In the past two years, lawyers, law firms and the legal profession have had to adjust to the pandemic.

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