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Patten Free Library Hosts “Lawyers in Libraries”

Posted April 19, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.

Lawyers across the state will spend time in local libraries on Law Day, Wednesday, May 1, to provide resources and assistance to people in need, talk about statewide legal issues and meet with library patrons. Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2013 is a free event that is open to the public. It will take place at Patten Free Library in Bath from noon-2:00pm on Wednesday, May 1. Appointments are not necessary. Bath attorneys Don Lawson-Stopps and Wenonah Wirick will meet with patrons in the library’s community room.

Born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Don Lawson-Stopps came to Maine after graduating from the University of Richmond, Class of ’74. In 1979 he began an apprenticeship in traditional wooden boat building at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Don and his wife Ruth bought a home in Bath in 1981 where they still live and where they raised two daughters. After a career as a partner in a construction company specializing in custom homes, cabinetry, and architectural woodwork, Don attended Maine School of Law. As an Assistant District Attorney for five years, Don became an accomplished trial attorney in both District and Superior Court. He brought business and everyday life experience to his ten year practice of law, to counseling clients, and to presenting cases to juries and judges. Don is a member of the Bath/Brunswick Bar, the Maine Bar Association, the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

Wenonah M. Wirick, Esq., graduated Cum Laude from University of Maine School of Law in 2004. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University in 1992. She was Valedictorian at both Casco Bay College and Carrabec High School. Prior to joining the Conley firm, Wirick gained experience as a paralegal while working for several years at a large firm of trial attorneys in Portland. She began her employment with attorney J. Michael Conley in 1990 as a paralegal, and was employed as the firm’s Law Clerk through law school. Wirick is a member of the Maine State and American Bar Associations, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

The Maine Justice Action Group organized Lawyers in Libraries: Law Day 2013 to provide Maine citizens with access to legal advice and information and demonstrate how legal access is critical to a community’s well-being. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals. In addition, some attendees will have the opportunity for a brief private consultation with an attorney about personal legal matters.

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