PORTLAND, Maine – Three attorneys from the Portland law firm Murray Plumb & Murray have been honored for their pro bono legal services in the 2013 Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program. Thomas Newman, Richard O’Meara, and Kelly McDonald were recognized as Katahdin Counsel for devoting more than 50 hours of pro bono work in the past year.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court launched the Katahdin Counsel to recognize attorneys in Maine that provide pro bono legal services to the needy and assure equal access to civil justice.
Thomas Newman, who heads the firm’s litigation and trial practice group, has tried numerous substantial jury and non-jury cases to verdict in federal and state courts across the country. Newman devotes countless hours to pro bono legal services with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, helping Maine’s immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization, and become proud U.S. citizens. Newman is a visiting teacher of Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Hamilton College and graduated with honors from Cornell Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is a resident of Portland.
Richard O’Meara joined Murray Plumb & Murray in 1987. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing individuals with disabilities and their families, usually on issues arising under federal and state special education or antidiscrimination laws. He has been instrumental in improving the educational system for children with disabilities in Maine and has devoted many years of service to the Disability Rights Center, serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and as President of the Board. He also serves as Chair of the Legal Panel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and regularly takes on pro bono cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. O’Meara received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a resident of Cape Elizabeth.
Kelly McDonald joined Murray Plumb & Murray in 2005 and became a partner in 2013. He litigates many different types of cases in both state and federal court including commercial, real estate, construction disputes, land use, bankruptcy (creditor’s rights), and products liability litigation. McDonald serves as chair of the Police Citizen Review Subcommittee for the City of Portland and previously served as chair of the MaineShare board. He is also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Legal Panel and a member of the Maine Motor Transport Association board. McDonald is Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 97 in Portland and active on the General Committee of the Cumberland Bar Association. He has provided pro bono litigation services to dozens of victims of domestic abuse to help them obtain protection orders. His pro bono work has also helped a number of low-income people and families by recovering money from ex-spouses and avoiding foreclosure on homes. McDonald is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, where he received awards for best oral argument and for his pro bono work. He received his bachelor of arts in mathematics and philosophy from Bates College.
About Murray, Plumb & Murray:
Murray Plumb & Murray offers a diverse range of sophisticated legal services in business and corporate litigation and trial practice, construction, education, employment, land use regulation, and real estate and banking law. While its primary office is in Portland, Maine, the firm’s practice serves the nation and spans the globe. For more information about Murray Plumb & Murray, visit www.mpmlaw.com.